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Vet Surgeon – Cockburn Vets

Coalville Independent

We’re looking for an additional full-time or part-time vet to join to join our team. We’re an independent, 6 (hoping to be 7) vet, family-run, RCVS accredited, small animal practice situated in the Heart of the National Forest. So if you want to join a practice where your voice will be heard, and your opinion valued, please read on!

Our team are amazing – and we are really proud of them. We support each other and play to each other’s strengths allowing us to deliver the best possible care to our patients and their owners. It’s this incredible team work that we believe led to us being awarded the Best UK Vet Award 2021, which now the covid restrictions allow we’re really looking forward to celebrating with a spa day.

Work-life balance is really important to us and our team have input into their working hours and they have helped to design the current rota with a mix of early and late shifts to allow life to be fully enjoyed outside work. Full time vets currently work 40 hours per week with time during the working day allocated to allow phone calls to be made and to ensure everyone finishes on time more often than not. Vets work 2 Saturday mornings in 6 finishing at 1.30pm.

We have no Sunday or Bank Holiday surgeries and our out-of-hours is performed by a local OOH provider. Consultations are 15 minutes long with double appointments booked for longer procedures such as euthanasias. Ops days are shared equally between team members with 2 vets on ops each day. As we are able to be flexible with working hours we’re happy to consider either full time or part time applicants; and with all our current team happy to perform operations, we’re also open to applications from candidates who’d prefer to only consult.

We believe that personal and professional development are crucial and have built time for CPD into our rota. We have regular vets meetings and clinical clubs where we can chat through cases and share experiences and with Covid (hopefully) in retreat we’re looking forward to team members visiting conferences and events in-person once again. Our team members regularly attend BSAVA, BVA Live, Vets North and London Vet Show or other CPD courses of their choice. We’re also happy to support certificates and are part of Vet Dynamics and Vetsure’s Graduate Friendly Scheme.

We’re a Gold Standard Cat Friendly and Veterinary Nurse Training practice and like to keep up-to date with modern techniques. We have a busy case load and our experienced team have the expertise to treat most cases in-house enhancing our job satisfaction. We pride ourselves in providing innovative care such as laparoscopic spays and have lots of equipment including blood pressure monitors in each consultation room; an in-house lab with blood and urine machines; an ultrasound with doppler plus linear and cardiac probes; rhino-, broncho- and gastroscopes; and a dental generator situated in our separate dental theatre. When we do need to refer we have excellent relationships with our local referral centres.

We have a continuous improvement (CI) board where all team members post ideas to improve our practice (no idea is too small) and our vets have a budget to allow them to purchase equipment they feel would enhance our clinical services. We believe it’s important to be sustainable and we’re trying to make our practice greener through initiatives such as using Tuffies mattresses in all our kennels to
reduce unnecessary washing.

With the work day finishing at 4.30pm each day, 3 weeks out of every 6 there’s lots of time to explore the local area. Whilst we’re situated in a rural area we’re close to the bright lights of Leicester, Nottingham, Derby and Birmingham and there are fantastic road, air and rail links with
central London only 90 minutes by train; and East Midlands and Birmingham airports close-by. There are excellent local leisure facilities in the National Forest and the nearby Peak District and we’ve just
had a fantastic new leisure centre open within a stone’s throw from the practice.
Ideally, we are looking for a vet with some experience, someone who is looking to start a certificate in their area of interest. However, we are able to support new graduates and 2 of our team have the RCVS VetGDP advisor qualification.

The package on offer includes:
-A salary of £32,500 for a new grad up to £60,000 for an experienced colleague.
-23 days holiday plus Bank Holidays.
-£1200 CPD budget, certificates encouraged and funded
-Company sick pay, work place pension and generous staff pet discount
-Brilliant colleagues, lots of support, beautiful countryside, and LOTS of chocolates!

If you would like to discuss the role further, please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone for an informal chat with any of our vet team on 01530 836654 or to submit an application please email [email protected] or post to Cockburn Vets, 100 London Road, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 3JD.


£32,500 to £60,000 depending on experience

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