Situations Vacant

POSITION: VETERINARY SURGEON

The Place

  Exeter has been voted one of the 20 best places to live in the country by the Sunday Times. It is a small yet vibrant and growing city with Dartmoor, Exmoor and the gorgeous Devon coast on its doorstep. It is sometimes labelled “the gateway to the west” with Cornwall only 1-2 hours drive, but also the attractions of Dorset and Somerset to the east. It has excellent road and rail links (London Paddington in 2 hours), first class schools, low unemployment and a very low crime rate. Exeter is a major growth point, especially for technology at the new Science Park and major recent relocations include the Meteorological Office, whilst Exeter University has a rapidly crowing reputation in a wide range of fields and contributes significantly to the prosperity of the area.

The Practice

Beaumont Veterinary Centre is a long established independent practice, an accredited Small Animal Practice with the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme and a Vet Nurse Training centre.

The team currently consists of 3 veterinary surgeons, 5 qualified VNs, one ANA trainee, 2 receptionists and a practice manager. As a team we are passionate about continual improvement and hold regular meetings so that all the team are included in taking the practice forward. We are currently working towards PSS Awards in Client Service, Diagnostics and Team/Professional Responsibilities. We value first opinion practice as a specialism in its own right and you will be joining vets who already hold further qualifications (Cert AVP(Vet GP) and GPCert SAM) and we would actively encourage and support a new team member in achieving similar (if you already have such, even better!).

We have 15 minute consultations and would expect you to take time to examine patients and communicate effectively with clients with a view to building long term relationships. If you are a vet who thrives on high pressure, rapid throughput of patients this is unlikely to be the position for you!

We have a wide range of diagnostic and surgical equipment including:

  • Digital X ray
  • Digital Dental X ray and dental station
  • Ultrasound (multi probe)
  • Flexible and rigid endoscopes (see also below)
  • Diode laser for surgical and therapeutic use
  • Diathermy unit
  • Fully equipped Idexx Lab (Catalyst/ Lasercyte)
  • Orthopaedic equipment (AO/ASIF fixation)
  • Tonometer

  We carry out a wide range of surgeries including soft tissue, ophthalmic, orthopaedic and endoscopic procedures. We were the first practice in Devon to offer laparoscopic neutering.

Our nursing team are trained in consultation skills and Schedule 3 procedures and carry out a wide range of nurse consultations including senior and weight clinics, behavioural advice, physiotherapy treatments, health checks for our preventative health scheme, post-op and dental checks and puppy parties.

The practice organises client meetings regularly and recent events include an open evening for local schools, a first aid course for clients and evening meetings on feline behaviour and osteoarthritis.

The Position

Ideally we are looking for a veterinary surgeon with some experience though an enthusiastic recent graduate would be offered full support. We offer:

  • a 4-day working week with weekends shared on an equal 1:3 rota. We currently provide our own out-of-hours cover though this is not onerous and the situation is currently under review. There is full VN back up.
  • 5 Weeks holiday plus statutory bank holidays (with a day off in lieu of bank holidays worked).
  • Up to 5 days paid CPD up to £1,000 though these are negotiable with regard to the benefit to the individual and practice – as described above we are happy to support post graduate certificates.
  • Travel expenses on practice business
  • RCVS, BVA and VDS membership paid
  • Salary package commensurate with experience (broadly in the range of £30,000 to £45,000)

Please apply in the first instance by e-mail to admin@beaumont-vets.co.uk with a CV and marked for the attention of the practice manager. We are also happy to have written applications to Beaumont Veterinary Centre, 31, Main Rd., Pinhoe, Exeter, EX4 9EY. If you would like an informal discussion please telephone 01392 460300 and ask to speak to the practice manager or senior partner.

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We are always keen to hear from talented people who would like to work with us.  If you feel that you could enhance our team, please email admin@beaumont-vets.co.uk with a covering letter and CV.  For the right person, we could even create a position just for you.  Looking forward to hearing from you!

School Work Experience

We work with many schools in the Exeter area providing work experience placements for students, although availability is limited.  Contact admin@beaumont-vets.co.uk for availability.

Veterinary Nurse Training

Beaumont Veterinary Centre is proud to be a Veterinary Nurse Training Practice.

Currently our training positions are fully occupied, but CVs can be sent to admin@beaumont-vets.co.uk marked for the attention of the Practice Manager.

Extra Mural Studies (EMS)

We can provide an opportunity for one Veterinary Student to see practice with us at a time.  Contact us at admin@beaumont-vets.co.uk to enquire about availability.