The Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Vet Surgeon to join our friendly team at Abbey Vet Centre in Durham. We are looking for a Vet surgeon who has a passion for coaching and developing new graduates, someone who enjoys mentoring others whilst watching them grow and flourish in to their new role as a Vet Surgeon. The successful applicant would be working alongside new graduates to assist in the teaching of clinical skills, supervising and evaluating their progress throughout the RCVS Veterinary Development Graduate Program, whilst also being involved in the day to day veterinary rota within the practice. Although the role will be predominantly coaching new team members and graduates, dependant on the time of the year you will still have a varied clinical case load and regular opportunity to perform surgery.

Hours of work 

We are quite flexible with regards to rotas, all our vets work different hours however, our ideal candidate would work four 9-hour days and one in three or four Saturdays. There is no OOH work with this role, Vets Now cover this. The salary for this role is up to £50.000 DOE plus a relocation allowance of up to £5000 and a welcome bonus up to £1500. 

 About us

Abbey Vet Centre is a small animal only practice. We have two branches with one in Durham and one in Chester le Street. Durham is a lovely city with excellent transport links to the North and South. There is a beautiful coast and dales nearby for people who prefer the countryside.

Both sites are fully equipped and independent, but we all work at both branches. Facilities include digital radiography, dental x-ray, ultrasonography, endoscope, multiparameter, laser, and more.

We have ten Veterinary Surgeons, nine Registered Veterinary Nurses, one Student Veterinary Nurse, two Auxiliary Nurses, and an excellent Reception Team. We also have a supportive admin team who takes care of financial matters including insurance. Our practice puts quality above quantity, this is to make sure our patients get excellent care and to make sure staff have a nice working environment.

Our team is very friendly and supportive and is looking forward to welcoming a new member to the team.

Applicant Requirements

We are looking for an experienced Vet Surgeon and VetGDP advisor (or willing to train to become one) who enjoys and has a passion for mentoring and providing support to new graduates working on the IVC Evidensia Graduate scheme.

Benefits (Subject to pro rata)

  • 25 days paid holiday not including bank holidays
  • 5 days paid CPD leave
  • £1250 CPD Allowance per annum
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • VDS Membership paid
  • BVA Membership paid
  • Service based holiday entitlement increases
  • Birthday leave
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Discounted veterinary fees
  • My Benefits – various discounts including retail & gym memberships
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Pension
  • CPD/training support
  • Paid bereavement leave
  • Company sick pay
  • Employee opinion survey
  • Free uniform in a number of roles
  • Annual pay reviews
  • Social events
  • Sponsorship for overseas employees
  • Academy & Leadership courses
  • Focus on employee wellbeing
  • Relocation packages
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Free flu jabs
  • As a BAME and LGBTQ+ inclusive employer, we are keen to hear from candidates from all minority and diverse groups. As a Disability Confident Employer, we are keen to hear from candidates with disabilities and long-term health conditions and would be happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments needed during the recruitment process.

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