The Role

We are looking for a Lead Branch Veterinary Nurse to join our friendly team. The role is 5 days a week with varied start and finish times between 8.15am – 7pm and occasional Saturday morning at main surgery (1 in 4 or 5). No OOH. You will be responsible for the day to day smooth running of a small branch clinic, working with 1 vet, 1 ANA and 1 receptionist and assisting the vet in consults and surgery as needed. Duties also include answering the phone and dealing with clients at reception where required and cashing up on occasion, looking after in-patients both pre and post-surgery, working through insurance claims, general cleaning, ordering stock, dispensing and managing waste collections and making sure regular H&S checks are carried out.

About Us

AlphaPet is a small animal practice, situated between the beautiful South Downs and the sunny Sussex coast. Established 27 years ago, we have a main surgery in a busy precinct adjacent to a large playing field, 2 smaller branches are located about a 20 minute drive away – one on a farm and the other part of a stables. All sites have ample free car parking. Mod cons include Ultrasound, Endoscopy and Digital X-ray. We see a lot of wildlife and work closely with a local wildlife hospital. We’re a friendly team who love socialising outside work when Covid allows!

AlphaPet currently has 4 vets, though we are in the process of building up the team. We have 8 RVNs, 3 SVNs and 4 ANAs. Nurse certificate holders in ECC & Anaesthesia. Our staff regularly fundraise for various charities in different ways. Over the years we have climbed the 3 peaks, descended Arundel Castle, run marathons and even sponsored a Disney themed concert! We’ve helped with local beach cleans and litter picks. For many years we hosted an Animal Fun Day and Dog Show, raising thousands of pounds for local and national animal charities.

Applicant Requirements

We are looking for a confident and reliable team player who has good leadership and organisational skills. You will be able to use your own initiative and be happy to delegate where required, but also muck in with the team. Previous experience in a lead role would be beneficial but not essential.

Benefits (pro rata) 

• 4 weeks paid holiday not including bank holidays
• 3 days paid CPD leave
• £550 CPD allowance per annum
• RCVS Membership paid
• Service based holiday entitlement increases
• VDS cover
• Enhanced maternity, adoption, shared parental leave and surrogacy pay
• Enhanced paternity pay
• Birthday leave
• 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
• Academy & Leadership courses
• Focus on employee wellbeing
• Relocation packages
• Career progression opportunities
• Free flu jabs

As a BAME and LGBT+ 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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