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Permanent Head Veterinary Nurse (VETSEEK-39204)

Sutton, Surrey

Head Veterinary Nurse

£30,000 to £32,500 per annum

Full time / Permanent

Job description

Permanent Head Veterinary Nurse - Sutton, Surrey

  • Are you a qualified and RCVS registered veterinary nurse?
  • Are you looking to move into a head nurse role?
  • Do you want to continue your professional development?

Are you looking for...

  • A role with no OOH work?
  • The opportunity to train and mentor others?
  • A generous weekend rota?

We are recruiting for a Permanent Head Veterinary Nurse to join a small animal hospital in Sutton. This role is full time for 40 hours per week with weekends on a rota. There will be no OOH work or on-call duties.


  • Complete all aspects of nursing duties and assisting veterinary surgeons
  • Supervise the nursing and ancillary staff
  • Clinical coaching duties for SVNs
  • Provide council to all nursing and ancillary team where required on performance
  • Liaise with the Senior Vet to ensure that schedule 3 procedures are maximised for all suitable and trained RVNs
  • Organise rotas and liaise with senior Vet and regional team to ensure all practice needs are met
  • The RVN will be involved with part of the recruitment process within the practice
  • Assist the management team with the administration that is needed to complete the smooth day to day running of the practice.
  • Take responsibility for monitoring stock control and adhering to budget
  • Reception enquiries when required
  • Liaise with clients and ensure accurate information is passed on regarding their pets
  • Co-ordinate training for Nurses and Animal Care assistants - liaise with management team
  • Ensure opportunities are available for team members to gain experience and provide support and encourage where necessary
  • Induction training of new staff members
  • Assist management with performance reviews
  • Ensure staff are compliant with Health and Safety Policies


The HVN will be joining a team of an experienced Vet and three support team members. There is plenty of support available for the head nurse in order to develop their clinical skills and knowledge with ongoing internal courses. There is also clinical coach training as well as training to help communicate delicate information to clients.

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
  • Hours: Full time, 40 hours per week
  • Weekends: On a rota
  • Sole charge: None
  • OOH: None
  • Computer system: Freedom
  • Consultations: 15 minutes
  • Team: 6 vets, 4 RVNs, 5 SVNs and a supportive non-clinical team

About them

  • 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 large 24hr hospital close by for exposure to more complex cases and clinical learning

About you

  • The head nurse will ideally have some previous leadership experience and additional training is provided
  • You will have a good amount of nursing experience in all aspects of nursing
  • You will have good organisational skills
  • You must have a friendly and compassionate attitude and be approachable at all times
  • You will be ambitious to continue with further education and training
  • You will be forward thinking and always looking at ways to develop the clinical nursing team further
  • You will enjoy running nurse clinics
  • You will have experience in clinical coaching and or happy to become a clinical coach
  • You will enjoy leading a team and providing ongoing support to fellow team members
  • You must be motivated and passionate about your work and share this and promote this ethos with other members of staff
  • You will enjoy mentoring others and leading by example
  • You will enjoy working as part of a team
  • You will have a genuine passion for animal welfare
  • You will consistently deliver a high standard of clinical care
  • You will be caring, adaptable, hardworking, and reliable
  • You will have excellent communication and customer interfacing skills


The practice is 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
  • Home visits
  • Microchipping
  • Neutering
  • Ultrasound
  • Vaccinations
  • X-rays


  • Salary: Up to £32,500 per annum, commensurate to experience
  • Holidays: 33 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • CPD: Generous allowance of £750 with 2 days to attend
  • Memberships: RCVS and VDS fees paid
  • Workplace pension scheme
  • Access to a learning and development platform
  • Access to employee assist programme
  • Internal courses available ongoing
  • Attendance bonus schemes
  • Exclusive company discounts and rewards scheme
  • Paternity scheme

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?

CLICK APPLY NOW or if you have any pre-application questions or if this role is not quite right for you, please contact the Vet Seekers team (details below) to discuss your veterinary career aspirations further.

Please quote job reference: 39204

T: 0333 014 7374

E: hello@vetseekers.co.uk

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