Senior Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Location Lincoln
Discipline: Pet, Vet & Animal Health
Job type: Permanent
Salary: ££45,000 - £85,000 DOE
Contact name: Jemma Snow

Contact email:
Job ref: 14260JS
Published: 9 months ago

Job Title: Senior Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon - NO OOH

Location of the Job: Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom

The Company:

My clients are an enthusiastic team dedicated to being the best in their chosen field; providing the best possible veterinary care for your pet, at great value prices.

Their state-of-the-art surgeries are equipped with the best technologies available.

Due to continued growth and the opening of a brand new branch in Lincoln they a now seeking a Senior Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon (min of 3 years UK experience) seeking a new challenge.

You will have the opportunity to share your hard-won know-how within a team of like-minded veterinarians, while further developing your skills.

My clients practice offers a rewarding environment and the clinical freedom that only a top independent can.

You will have developed confidence and a solid grounding in delivering clinical care in a first opinion environment and possess natural communication skills; able to promote their ethos of high standards and drive clinical excellence and outstanding client service.

As a key member of their experienced and bonded team, they will ensure that you will be able to develop and hone your own clinical skills – in a very friendly and enjoyable environment.

My clients also encourage regular collaboration between their vets across the group.

You will take the lead mentoring new graduate vets.

Facilities at this brand new branch currently include well-equipped consult rooms, op theatres, dedicated dental suite, separate cat and dog wards and waiting areas, digital processing, ultrasound, air dental and Abaxis laboratory equipment.

The practice is situated in Lincolnshire; with excellent transport links to nearby attractions such as the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster Racecourse & shopping opportunities at the local retail outlet centres.

Easy access to Doncaster, Leeds and East Midlands airports.

The Industry: Senior Vet, Veterinary, Vet, Surgeon, Medicine, Small Animal, Pet, Exotics, Animal Health, Animal Nutrition, Animal Feed, Companion Animals

The Job Role details:

An exciting opportunity has arisen at my client’s fabulous veterinary practice for a full time Senior veterinary surgeon.

As a key member of a surgery’s management team, this role is responsible for driving excellence in customer service and clinical care whilst promoting pet wellbeing, delivering preventive services and treating sick and injured pets.

As the surgery’s senior clinician, this role is responsible for all aspects of clinical governance.

The role is based in a fast-paced environment and the Senior Vet must lead by example.

Hours of work will be undertaken to reflect the needs of the business. This means that the Senior Vet must demonstrate flexibility and the willingness to provide cover for absences and weekends, if required, which may include working at other surgeries.

Time will be available each week to complete essential administrations tasks, although this must flexible so as not to adversely impact the effectiveness of the surgery, patient care nor customer satisfaction.

This role requires strong communication, organisational and people management skills.

Aim of the role:

My client is looking for an enthusiastic, confident, team player, cheerful Senior Small Animal Vet who is willing to get stuck in.

Key Responsibilities:

To be a full time Senior Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.

Duties will include consulting, surgical procedures, minor procedures, client liaison, working up cases, mentoring, caring for hospitalised animals, treatment plans and visits.


Induction of new Veterinary Surgeons

Managing all Veterinary Surgeons (including Locums), ensuring:

o   Their time and expertise is most effectively utilised

o   They are proactively conducting follow-up appointments.

o   Their interactions with clients and patients are consistently excellent.

o   Their clinical records are accurate and up to date.

Ensuring new graduates are:

o   Adequately progressing through the Graduate Scheme.

o   Being supported by their mentors.

Agreeing CPD requirements for all Veterinary Surgeons and monitoring the effectiveness

Liaising with Practice Administrators and/or Group Practice Secretary on personnel administration requirements:

o   Work rotas.

o   Holiday requests.

o   Absence recording.

In collaboration with the Clinical Services Manager, monitoring clinical performance and client interaction of all Veterinary Surgeons; and providing the appropriate development and coaching to drive their continuous improvement.

Conducting annual appraisals for all Veterinary Surgeons.

Conducting performance management of Veterinary Surgeons, with support from the Operations Manager and Head Vet.


Conducting consultations, investigations, and surgical procedures

Managing day to day running of the surgery:

o   Managing surgery diary.

o   Monitoring weekly/daily takings.

o   Resolving conflict.

Adhering to and reinforcing compliance to TPV Practice Procedures Manual, Standard Operating Procedures and Standard Forms.

Liaising with the Clinical Services Manager on an internal audit schedule

Agreeing corrective action and improvement requirements, following internal audits, and ensuring their completion within the agreed timescale.


Leading by example by consistently demonstrating a caring, professional attitude to clients, patients, and the surgery team.

Communicating promptly and effectively with clients regarding progress of investigations, treatment, and follow-up care.

Ensuring that inpatients receive the appropriate clinical care, and an effective handover is conducted between colleagues and/or out of hours providers

Encouraging the use of internal referrals and seeking the assistance of appropriate colleagues or advisory bodies to deliver clinical excellence.

Investigating and resolving customer complaints that involve a Veterinary Surgeon; and escalating the matter to the Operations Manager if the complaint requires Leadership Team involvement.

Strategic Activity:

Working as a Surgery Management Team alongside the Senior Nurse and Senior CCA to consistently deliver the best patient care and customer experience, cultivating a positive, collaborative working environment for all staff.

Supporting the Leadership Team in promoting the strategic plan and the values of TPV and driving continuous improvement.

Special projects as agreed with the Managing Director.

Ideal Person Skills and Qualifications:

MUST be a qualified RCVS registered Vet.

MUST be an enthusiastic, confident, team player, cheerful and vet who is willing to get stuck in.

IDEALLY looking for at least 3yrs of UK experience or more.

IDEALLY would live within 60mins of the practice.

Additional Information:

25 days holiday plus bank holidays

Generous CPD allowance

Pension scheme

Salary package:

£45,000 - £85,000 depending upon experience.

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