Are you an experienced registered veterinary nurse and are looking for a role in a small team where your skills will be appreciated and recognised?
Do you want to grow your skills and love a challenge?
Are you one of those incredible nurses (we call them unicorns) who manage to run their day effectively and with compassion for the animals, yet can still keep everyone around you smiling?
Do you like using protocols and checklists, so things run safely and smoothly?
Are you a clinical coach (or keen to become one) who loves taking trainee nurses under your wing and passing on your skills, so you help grow the next generation?
Do you like to finish on time and not work Bank Holidays or Sundays?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then we have a great opportunity for you…
Roundwood Vets exists to support and enrich the lives of the pets, families and the community we serve. We’ve been on quite a journey since taking over the practice five years ago when there was just one vet and trainee nurse! Since then we’ve grown to a team of more than ten people and we have plans to keep moving forward with exciting projects. Our objective is to serve more than 3000 families each year across London using a mixture of old and new methods of delivering healthcare – all blended together. Telemedicine, nurse clinics and lots of other plans are all part of our service.
This means there are going to be lots of exciting opportunities for doing meaningful work from working as a theatre nurse, to running nursing clinics, to helping to build our educational library or manage our training and development program.
We’re investing in technology to help improve standards of care but also in improving the way we communicate with and reach pets and their families in the community. We see our nurses and having a huge role to play in creating and running this kind of service.
We have an amazing team of three SVN’s and two RVN’s. We are looking for another enthusiastic and caring nurse to assist in our students’ training, enabling them to become the brilliant RVN’s we know they can be.
We also want someone who is willing to look at old ways of doing things, put them under the microscope and ask, does this still work? Is there a better way? We want people who are hungry to learn and we are happy to support and fund this growth.
Our management team has created a really exciting vision for the next four years (we’ll happily share this with you) and we are now building the team capable of bringing this dream to life.
One of those ambitions is to find and implement an “employee owned” co-operative model of succession so the people who contribute so much of their lives to working in it can get a share of the success. Because let’s face it, we all put so much on the line to do this job, there really should be better rewards. When so many others are simply selling out to corporations, we think this model is the way forward in helping to preserve our culture and make sure everyone benefits in the long run.
Speaking of culture, this is the most important thing of all, we want to have a happy, respectful and productive workplace where we all enjoy going to do our jobs.
Alongside the investment we’ve made in reshaping the team, we’ve also invested heavily during he past two years in our facilities, systems and equipment to further enhance our standards of care.
In terms of what we are like as a clinical practice, we think of ourselves as being a bit like a family doctor. We are definitely here to help the local community and their pets. We believe in giving clients the time and attention they need to make good decisions for their pets and in building strong relationships with clients and each other.
Hopefully, the message we’re getting across is that we have a clear vision, believe in growth opportunities for individuals and want to see all of our people thrive and be rewarded as we bring our vision to life.
Here’s what some of our past and present team members say about working at Roundwoods:
“I enjoy working with a fun team who always help each other out”. Yasmin RVN
“I loved being a receptionist at RV because no day was the same, but each day you go home satisfied that you really helped someone. The team at RV are like family and they treat their patients and clients as such.” Ola (previous employee)
“I love working in a team who are passionate about everything they do and management that appreciate their staff, are supportive and help me to grow” Kenzie SVN
You’ll be a qualified veterinary nurse who appreciates being part of and contributing to a team that enjoys working together as well as playing together.
At work you’ll be someone who enjoys the interaction with people, you’ll also be really good at handling multiple things happening at once. In fact, you are occasionally mistaken for an octopus because you simply must have eight arms in order to work the brilliant way you do!
You’ll be a fan of checklists because they help you to get everything done and you pride yourself on working to a high standard whether that’s clinically or hygiene.
You love being a vet nurse. The best thing in the world is seeing that sick pet eating again as a result of your effort, or the moment a puppy enters the building or seeing the wagging tail, or the joy of a pet reunited with its owner following surgery. You’ll also be keen to inspire others with your enthusiasm for the work you do.
There are a few other things that matter to you in your work, these are things like conscientiousness, honesty, teamwork, fun, kindness, growing & learning. These things also matter a great deal to us, so we’ll probably get along well if so.
One of the biggest challenges any vet clinic faces is ensuring things get started on time. We’re no different, so you’ll need to be confident enough to chase our vets to get started and keep things running smoothly.
You will need to get the team prepared for operations, give safe, reliable care of the animals before, during and after procedures and make sure all instruments, materials and drugs are prepared and ready for use for each op.
You will need to ensure animals are kept under control and are prepared, ready for procedures. This includes keeping all animals safe and healthy before, during and after procedures, restraining animals so that the vet has the required access and, very importantly, that the animal is comfortable. (No need to worry about the vet, they can take care of themselves). We also use VCAs to help with aftercare, kit prep and in the exam room to assist the vets so you’d be doing the stuff only RVNs can do.
We like our animals to wake up safely after each procedure so you’ll be responsible for ensuring anaesthetics are carried out safely by the team.
It will also be part of the team’s duties to keep any infections contained and make sure all areas, equipment and material are kept clean and in good working order. (You’ll have the support of a practice manager to do this.)
The nursing team will be responsible for managing stock.
You will need to review and update our existing protocols but also ask questions of and improve these over time. The protocols we have exist to make sure that things happen smoothly and on time, we keep our patients and staff safe, and we give our patients the things they need when they need them. So they are important, but there are not set in stone and should be updated as better ways of working are discovered.
If you like training people, then this role is going to be your dream, we have some simply awesome junior team members who are hungry to learn and have a brilliant attitude.
We are especially passionate about developing our people. So, you will get plenty of training so that you can improve your skills. We will make sure you have a development plan in place too, so you keep growing.
Finally, it is essential that you love what you do and like to have fun doing it.
To be considered for this role you must:
Be an RVN.
Have worked in small animal practice for at least two years.
You’ll be working the following shifts between the hours of 8am -8pm with a 30 minute break (40 hours a week) –
Early shift (Mon – Fri) 8am -4.30pm
Late shift (Mon – Fri) 11.30am -8pm or 11am – 7.30pm
Saturday Shift Maximum 1:3 8.30am – 12.30pm (currently our nursing team work 1:4 Saturdays)
No Sundays or Bank Holidays.
In return for being a great part of this team, we offer a great package including:
Base salary of £25,000 depending on experience.
£500.00 Travel contribution.
Medical health insurance.
CPD budget (£500.00 or unlimited by agreement if beneficial to the company).
Discounted pet care package.
The benefits package is worth at least £3000.
Plus a profit share bonus.
Share options bonus in the company.
20 days per annum plus bank holidays plus birthday off, an additional day’s holiday is accrued for every year’s service.
If you’ve managed to read all this and you are still interested in becoming our new clinic nurse, then respond to this advert with your CV and cover letter!
We look forward to hearing from you very soon.Vetsure Clinic Link