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Locum Veterinary Surgeon (VETSEEK-14477)

Dover, Kent

12 months

Veterinary Surgeon

Up to £60,000 pro rata

Full time / Maternity Cover

Job description

We have an opportunity for a Locum Veterinary Surgeon to join a mixed animal practice in Dover on a fixed term basis for 12 months to cover maternity leave.

The practice is looking for a veterinary surgeon who is experienced in small animal work and ideally with an interest in exotic and zoo animals. Training will be provided for exotic and zoo animal work if you are new to these areas but previous experience in all three areas is advantageous.

The ideal candidate will be able to perform routine surgeries and must have excellent communication skills, high clinical standards and at least 6 months of practical experience gained in a small animal practice. You will have the ability to create trusting and dependable relationships with your clients and will provide the gold standard of care to the practice's patients and clients. The role will also involve some consult-only branch work in three other branches which are all 10 to 15 minutes away from the main practice.

The role is full time for 40 per week over 4 days from 9am to 7pm with a 1 in 5 weekends on-call. There will be no OOH work.

Benefits of the role:

The practices provide a high standard of clinical care and prides themselves on having staff members who stand apart from the rest and have a real passion and vision for how they work. They provide ongoing training and support to all team members through dedicated training centres.

All staff and patients benefit from the access to the best diagnostic equipment such as MRI machines and CT scanners and state of the art operating theatres in their nearest 24hr animal hospital.

Key details

  • Type: Small animal with some exotic and zoo work
  • Hours: Full time, 40 hours per week
  • Weekends: 1 in 5 weekends on-call
  • Sole charge: Yes
  • OOH: None
  • Branch work: Yes, consult-only
  • On-call: 1 in 5 weekends
  • Computer system: Freedom
  • Team: 7 vets, 1 RVN, 1 SVN and a supportive non-clinical team
  • Consultations: 15 minutes
  • Accommodation: Flat available close to the beach

About them

  • Large nationwide group of practices and small animal Hospitals
  • Large community of highly skilled Veterinary Professionals
  • Committed, forward thinking and deliver clinical excellence
  • Offers continual training with professional development along with a dedicated training centre
  • Provides advanced Veterinary diagnostic equipment including MRI Machines and state of the art operating theatres
  • Career progression opportunities available
  • Provides continual ongoing training to ensure personal growth and development
  • Provides state of the art diagnostic equipment
  • Access to a wide variety of cases including more complex cases to ensure continual learning and development

About you

  • You will have practical experience gained in a small animal practice
  • Ideally you will have an interest in zoo and exotic animal
  • You will be comfortable working sole charge
  • You will ideally have a bias or area of specialism that you would like to pursue
  • You will be comfortable with routine surgeries and consultations
  • You will be self-motivated and enthusiastic Surgeon
  • An interest in pursuing a certificate would be supported and encouraged
  • You will be ambitious, driven, and forward-thinking Veterinary Surgeon
  • You will set a positive working environment and lead by example
  • You will enjoy mentoring and coaching others and sharing knowledge and experience
  • You will have a calming approach when dealing with a busy practice environment
  • You will be passionate and dedicated to providing excellent clinical care
  • You will have excellent customer service and communication skills
  • You will have career aspirations to continually develop your clinical skill set and knowledge
  • You will have areas of special interest that you would like to pursue


The practices are fully equipped with all the latest diagnostic equipment and there is a wide range of state-of-the-art services available, including:

  • Dentistry
  • ECG
  • Endoscopy
  • Fleas, ticks and worming
  • Home visits
  • In-house laboratory
  • Keyhole surgery
  • Microchipping
  • Neutering
  • Orthopaedic theatre
  • Ultrasound
  • Vaccinations
  • X-rays


  • Salary: Up to 60,000 pro rata, dependant on experience
  • Holidays: 5 weeks per annum plus bank holidays pro rata
  • Workplace Pension Scheme
  • CPD: Generous allowance of 1,500 with 3 days leave
  • Paid 4-week sabbatical after every five years of service
  • Access to a learning and development platform
  • Vehicle allowance
  • Accommodation allowance
  • Access to employee assist programme
  • Internal courses available ongoing
  • Attendance bonus schemes
  • Memberships: RCVS, VDS and BVA fees paid
  • Exclusive company discounts and rewards scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity pay

Must haves:

RCVS registered and qualified or soon to be

Possess the right to work in the United Kingdom

Have excellent verbal and written communication skills

What happens next?

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