Deputy Head - Registered Veterinary Nurse (DHRVN)

Location Derbyshire
Discipline: Pet, Vet & Animal Health
Job type: Permanent
Salary: ££25,000 - £28,000 DOE
Contact name: Jemma Snow

Contact email:
Job ref: 14126JS
Published: 11 months ago

Job Title: Deputy Head Registered Veterinary Nurse (DHRVN)

Location of the Job: Derbyshire, Peak District, East Midlands, England, United Kingdom

The Company:

My clients are a busy, long established, RCVS-accredited, independent small animal veterinary practice.

The practice is has two sites in a lovely picturesque Derbyshire, with its craggy hills, sweeping dales, mysterious henges and swathes of dense woodland - perfect for those who love the outdoors.

My clients main case load consists of Companion Animals, such as dogs and cats - but occasionally they do get the odd rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, small furries and exotics.

They have a main hospital and a stand alone surgery - both with a full lab suite, digital x-ray, ultrasound, dental x-ray etc etc

They encourage their vets and nurses to work cases up to a high standard, allowing clinical and professional freedom.

They support each other clinically and case discussions are positively encouraged as part of a culture of support and collaboration.

The Industry: Veterinary, Deputy Head Registered Vet Nurse, DHRVN, RVN, Medicine, Small Animal, Pet, Exotics, Animal Health, Animal Nutrition, Animal Feed, Companion Animals

The Job Role details:

An exciting opportunity has arisen at my clients fabulous veterinary practice for a full time Deputy Head Registered Vet Nurse (DHRVN).

Aim of the role:

My client is looking for an enthusiastic, confident Deputy Head RVN who has strong leadership and team management skills.

The Deputy Head Nurse role is to assume a level of responsibility for the efficient running of the nurse and student nurse teams. This will include providing management, performance reviews, training and co-ordination for all relevant personnel.

Working enthusiastically with your team you will help maintain a happy, efficient working environment, whilst ensuring practice policies and group policies are adhered to at all times whilst providing outstanding patient and client care

Key Responsibilities:

To be a full time Deputy Head Registered Vet Nurse (DHRVN).

Ensure the highest standard of care is provided 100% of the time to 100% of my clients patients.

Supervise and monitor the quality of patient and client care provided by the nursing teams, as well as the provision of clinical assistance to the veterinary surgeons.

Achieve the above whilst bearing in mind that the practice is a business, and therefore finance needs to be carefully monitored and managed sensibly at all times.

Provide an efficient, courteous, and helpful service to all clients, suppliers and external contacts, under all conditions at all times.

Assist in the recruitment and selection of nursing staff, as and when necessary, followed by appropriate induction, training, support, management and leadership of all new nurses.

Achieve optimum performance from each individual member of the nursing teams by motivational methods, leading by example and exceptionally high personal standards.

Liaise with Head Nurse and between the nursing team, the management team and other teams within the practice to ensure effective lines of communication at all times.

Promote our services, employees and products, both in and out of the practice at all times.

Understand, contribute to, implement and train on practice and group policies as appropriate.

Four or Five day week.

1 in 6 Weekends.


Ideal Person Skills and Qualifications:

MUST be a qualified RCVS registered RVN.

MUST be able to demonstrate excellent knowledge in all areas of RVN duties.

MUST have strong leadership and team management skills.

MUST be able to deliver outstanding patient and client care including handling difficult decisions.

MUST be able to work sole charge.

MUST have excellent written and verbal communication skills and good ICT skills.

MUST remain calm under pressure and able to problem solve.

MUST have the ability to use own initiative.

MUST be enthusiastic.

IDEALLY looking for at least 24 months of UK experience or more, however a confident new graduate would be considered.

IDEALLY will have experience of training, coaching and previous staff management.

IDEALLY would live within 45mins of the practice.

Additional Information:

5 weeks holiday plus bank holidays

Generous CPD allowance

Pension scheme

40hrs per week.

Salary package:

£17500 - £28000 depending upon experience

How to apply: Please send your CV and cover letter to;

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