Experienced Veterinary Surgeon - Suffolk - Ref BP12578

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Veterinary Surgeon

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My client is looking for 2 Veterinary Surgeons to join the expanding team. This position would be 40 hours a week over 4 days, although part time applicants would be considered. Contribution to weekend consulting rota would be expected which will be 1:6 weekends with a day off the following week in lieu. No nights or on call. The role would consist of a split between branch consulting and working as part of a larger team in the main practice allowing time for development of skills eg imaging and/or surgery if desired and inpatient care. An exclusively consulting only role could easily be accommodated. Salary from £35,000 to £60,000 depending on experience. Certificates are encouraged and fully supported. An interest in dentistry or cardiology would be a bonus but not mandatory. These positions have become available due to one vet wishing to pursue a career in management and they are looking to expand the current team. The role would consist of 2 days working at the main branch where you would work a mixture of consulting, operating and inpatient care. Each role is rota'd for the day so you are not trying to operate/work up cases in between consults. The other 2 days would consist of consulting +/- routine surgery at 1-2 of branch practices. A consulting only position could be arranged if you prefer not to operate. Support can also be provided in building confidence in imaging, surgery or dentistry and they always have experienced vets available to discuss challenging cases. They also have a very good relationship with the local referral practices. Pet dogs can come to work with you. The site typically runs with 3-4 vets per day performing a mixture of consulting and operating. The 5 branch surgeries have all been recently renovated and offer daily consultations with 1-2 routine ops mornings at the larger branches. Branch work is normally sole charge with the ability to refer cases for further treatment/investigation. They are well equipped with high quality ultrasound including cardiac probe and ECG, digital radiography, CT scanner, electrocautery and therapeutic K-laser. They have multi-parameter monitoring for anaesthetics and have a good range of surgical equipment including for all general orthopaedics. Dental radiography is due to be installed this year. They have 11 full time equivalent small animal vets, 10 amazing registered veterinary nurses, 2 ANAs and a fabulous reception and support team. They have a new grad academy and are a nursing training practice too. They have recently made some significant improvements to patient care by outsourcing out of hours service to 2 local dedicated night vet services. Alterations to the rota have also meant they can reduce the weekend consultations to 1:6 and hoping to reduce this further. They have also introduced staggered lunch breaks for the vet team and try to ensure everyone gets their break. Admin time is factored into the day and they run on 15-minute appointments with the ability to extend this for complex cases/euthanasias. There is always support available from senior colleagues and expanding the veterinary team will allow for vets to pursue their own particular areas of interest. They currently have 2 medicine certificate holders with a third working towards her certificate and a surgery certificate holder. They also have a vets interested in ophthalmology and evidence-based medicine. They conduct regular practice meetings to discuss new ideas/address any issues that arise and also work towards ensuring all members of staff receive regular appraisals and 1-1 sessions. They have also recently started to participate in clinical audits and conducting SERs, utilising the RCVS Knowledge website. They are looking for passionate vets with some experience and the ability to consult sole charge. They need vets who are able to work well in a large team and have excellent communication skills. They are looking for vets who want to share their experiences with them and look to grow with the practice. You will require a car for this position due to travelling between branches. Benefits (subject to pro rata) • 5 weeks 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 • Enhanced maternity, adoption, shared parental leave and surrogacy pay • Enhanced paternity pay • Birthday leave • Discounted veterinary fees • Plus much more For more information contact me on 01392249646 or at ben@jhprecruitment.com

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