This first opinion small animal Hospital based in Nottinghamshire is looking for a full-time vet to join the team. First opinion means you get client contact and continuity of cases, while being a Hospital means that inpatient care is a big part of what they do, and that clients are happy to support thorough work ups. You will spend some of your time seeing boosters and expressing anal glands, but you will also get plenty of opportunity to investigate and treat interesting cases. They work from a single site, so there is plenty of support on offer.
The working week averages 38 hours, with breaks built into each day. They have a six-week rolling rota, with one weekend worked in 6 (days only) and days off in lieu of weekend time worked. Some weeks you will work a mix of consult and theatre shifts, some weeks you will be on a ward shift, looking after inpatients.
You would be joining a team of 11 vets, full and part time, varying in experience from new grads to more years’ experience than I’m allowed to mention here. They are supported by 18 RVNs, along with SVNs, VCAs and front of house staff.
The ideal candidate is someone who wants to develop and build on their skills as a GP vet, supported by the team and their wide range of interests. If you’ve already decided on a clinical area you want to focus on, let them know how they can help you with that, including access to certificates (80% of the vets either hold a certificate or are studying for one). If you just want to broaden your skills, then they can also support this – being a good GP is an undervalued skill in itself. They are used to a collaborative approach to cases, so you should be happy to take part in case discussions and understand the concept of evidence-based medicine.
The purpose built Hospital means they have all the kit and more, from a CT scanner to a separate End-of-Life Suite that allows time and privacy to ensure those final consultations are treated with the dignity they deserve. They have separate dog, cat, and rabbit areas throughout the practice, and have ISFM Gold Cat Friendly Status. Obviously, the current situation limits the ability to show you around the practice in person, but they can arrange a virtual tour, and would be more than happy to discuss the role on an informal basis.
Package includes salary from £31K (new graduate) upwards depending on experience, CPD allowance, BSAVA, RCVS and VDS membership. They offer 5 days sick pay annually, 33 days holiday including bank holidays and a pension scheme. They also offer a 4-week paid sabbatical after every 3 years continuous employment, to be used as you see fit.
The aim is to promote lifelong health, wellbeing, and happiness in all patients, and this is reflected in their working practices.
They run 20-minute consults as standard – this gives the time to explain your treatment plans properly, increasing compliance and therefore job satisfaction. If you don’t enjoy chatting to people about their pets, this is the wrong place for you. They run the theatres on a similar basis, with time allocated for each procedure, and proper consideration given to the individual patients’ needs.
They look after each other and share the work equally. Clients (human and animal) are at the heart of what they do, and they encourage a relationship built on mutual trust and respect. This extends into the team too, as they all need each other to function at their best.
They believe that time off should be just that, time away from the job to rest and recharge. They seek to balance the responsibilities to clients with their own work life balance by outsourcing the emergencies to Vets Now, while keeping inpatient care on site, under the care of a RVN and VCA overnight.
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