25 January 2022

Veterinary Surgeon - Burscough


Lancashire, North West

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This growing practice that opened in the summer of 2016. Starting from scratch, they have built a client base with currently over 3000 active clients. They are on first name basis with many of their clients and form close bonds in a short space of time, meaning they have their trust to provide the best care for their pets. They offer modern facilities with all the standard equipment you would expect from a general practice (including dental x-ray).

They are a close knit team of two full time vets, one practice manager, four RVN’s, two SVN’s, one VCA and two admin staff. Their large nurse:vet ratio means they utilise their nurses to their full potential; they run a range of chargeable clinics and perform a variety of schedule 2 procedures.  Each member of the team has their own interests and they are keen to help them progress with the things they love. They look out for each other and their diary is targeted towards individual clinician’s needs and wants.

One thing they are really proud of is their low staff turnover. To maintain this they aim to create a good work: life balance, constantly striving to better their practise environment and encourage everyone to be honest when they don’t get it right. They don’t want anyone taking problems home with them and are open for ideas on how they can improve both in a non-clinical and clinical setting.
As they are a small team, they are looking for someone who wants to work at building relationships within the team.
You will be able to perform dentals, routine soft tissue operations, basic emergency surgeries and medical work-ups. You will have a large nursing team available so they want you to respect their valuable knowledge and make the most of their skills. You will be a team player who will help to motivate the team to learn, develop and therefore grow as a practice. 
You will have a positive attitude to work and a methodical approach to the running of your day - you will be able to manage your time and priorities to ensure you get the work done. They don’t want someone who will work themselves into the ground, as this doesn’t benefit anyone. Instead they want someone who loves being a vet and understands it can sometimes be hard, but trusts their team to help see them through those difficult days.
You will want to develop relationships with their clients to help guide them in understanding the right decisions to make when treating and caring for their pet. They want someone to maintain the bonds that they have already developed with their clients, whether that’s discussing their dog’s vaccination or their child’s performance at school! That bond is crucial to the practice ethos.
 A typical day starts at 8.30 with in-patient admits followed by morning consults
o They operate Monday-Friday so the role includes a share the surgery rota 
o Followed by evening consults and time to catch up on any admin and client calls
 Some charity work with a rescue organisation and  local Cats Protection team
 Currently working in one of two covid “bubble” teams, eventually moving to a more mixed team rota.
 Occasional sole charge (1:4 weekends and the odd holiday cover, although the JVP Vet is only a phone call away if needed)
 Set shift pattern but some flexible with the rota to make it work for everyone
o Weekday hours are 8.30-19.30
o Weekend hours are Saturday 9.00-17.00, Sunday 10.00-16.00
 No OOH (covered by a local independent practice’s 24h hospital) 
The Perks:
 £35-45k pro rata experience dependent 
 33 days holiday
 £1.2k CPD budget, certificates considered 
 Tier 1 pension (6.55% employer, 2.5% employee)
 Lieu for time worked over contracted hours
 Income protection over 1 year service
 AXA private healthcare 
Ref: AD476

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