May 14, 2019
Lancashire, United Kingdom
Job Type


Assistant Veterinary Surgeon (New Graduate) Job Description

  • 40 hour working week
  • The hospital provides a 24hr service for themselves and 15 surrounding practices. New grads are not expected to work this service from the beginning however with time and training they will be exposed to some of the most rewarding aspects of veterinary practice.
  • If OOH duties are undertaken, you will be rewarded with the following day off until 3:30pm.
  • 20 days paid holiday
  • Salary discussed at interview, very competitive rates aligned with industry standard and skill dependent
  • On site accommodation is available
  • Use of practice vehicles for personal use by prior arrangement
  • Uniform, scrubs and theatre shoes provided
  • £20 shoe allowance provided
  • RCVS Membership and VDS cover is provided
  • Staff discounts on own patient care
  • CPD is encouraged and allowances are given based on individual needs

A day in the life at the practice

The veterinary surgeon’s day starts at 9am with consultations, you will be based between two sites, a Hospital and a branch. If you are working at the Hospital, consultations will start at 10am with rounds commencing at 9am. Once consultations are over you will have a morning break, complete with all you can eat toast and crumpets!

If you’re working at a branch that has surgical facilities surgery will begin at 10:45am. You will then come back to the Hospital to assist the team with surgical procedures/ inpatients. When working in the Hospital, providing there are two vets on site, surgery will have begun at 9am. Once your consultations and break are complete you will then start surgery.

Lunch is from 12noon-1pm for all veterinary surgeons. After lunch, surgery, inpatient care and diagnostic procedures continue. The next milestone of the day is 3:30pm. This is when rounds take place across all branches via Skype. If you finish your cases before 3:30pm then this is your time to call clients, write up notes and have a coffee. Rounds can take anywhere between 15-45 minutes.

Depending on where you are based will dictate evening consultation times. They all start between 4-5pm and run until 6pm. They follow the same procedure as morning consultations.

If you are on-call, then the phone will be diverted to the on-call mobile at approximately 6pm. They will stay on a direct line until 10pm, after which it is an answer machine service. You will remain on-call until 8:30am and will have the following day off until 3:30pm. All emergencies are seen at the Hospital.

What you can expect from the practice

A supportive, caring and safe place to work. Employees are under no corporate pressure, this means you can focus on maintaining animal welfare in an ethical environment.

If this position is of interest to yourself or for more information on the role, please email or call 01392 249139.

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