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I took ownership of the Paxton Vet Clinics in 2007 and it is important to me that firstly I enjoy my job and gain fulfilment from it, and that we, as a team, have time for our clients to do the best job we can for their pets. We strive to ensure all clients are happy with the service they receive so that they come back time and time again.
When a new puppy comes to our clinic for a vaccine, the owners go away with a great deal more than just the injection. We ensure the owner knows how to keep them happy and healthy, they meet the whole team, and take home a huge amount of information plus a few freebies, along with an invite to our puppy parties.
This is just an example, but I want to demonstrate that we don’t cut corners or penny pinch; we make sure our clients get what they need in a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment. To enable this we have 15 minute appointment slots for both the vets and the nurses, longer if deemed necessary, and time during the day to communicate with our clients by phone/e-mail.
We are ultimately looking for someone who shares our values.
We have a wide variety of clients and cases, and you will both consult and deal with in-patients, both surgical and medical, on a daily basis. Being a small team of 4 vets, you will be able to work up your own cases, and see them through to conclusion.
To enable you to do this we have a good standard of equipment for a small clinic, which I have built up by investing a great deal back into the Clinics during the past few years, and will continue to do so.
This includes digital X ray, dental Xray, ultrasound, endoscopy, in house IDEXX lab machines (haematology, biochemistry and electrolytes, plus urinalysis) so that we can usually report all results the same day, plus a Tonopen, ECG, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximetry and basic orthopaedic kit.
We have been RCVS Accredited for over 8 years now, and have a fantastic team of qualified VNs, receptionists, and a hugely proactive Practice Manager, to support you and enable you to carry out your job to the highest standard. We operate very much as a team and consider our support staff and VNs to be an invaluable part of that team.
We need you to be confident in all aspects of first opinion medicine and surgery, as there is sole charge involved. Due to this, the position is not suitable for new graduates. Ideally you will have at least 3 years of experience, with preferably 1 year working in the UK.
You will need to be good at converting consults into procedures, and happy to perform general surgery such as an enterectomy, splenectomy, caesarian and thyroidectomy. Good ultrasound skills, including competence with both abdominal and cardiac scans would be fantastic, but not essential. There is plenty of scope to bring a unique skill to the clinic so that we can offer something “new” to our clients.
You will need to keep your clinical notes up to date. We believe it is much easier for the whole team to provide the high level of service our customers expect if the notes are clear, results reported promptly, messages answered etc.
Our Practice Management System (Teleos) is simple to use, and really does help you do this effectively and efficiently. You will need to be well organised, punctual and reliable for the same reasons.
You should enjoy your work and make sure the rest of us do too. You will hopefully join us for a pint at the end of a tough day, and even buy the occasional round (we have alot of great pubs close by).
You need to be able to remain calm on the odd busy day, and you need to be able to communicate effectively with your colleagues as well as our clients.
We offer a good rota to maximise your work-life balance, with an average of a 37.5 hour working week, with no out of hours or night checks.
You will be rewarded with a good salary, generous CPD fund, and 28 days annual leave. After one year at the clinic a bonus scheme is introduced, and there is also the opportunity for financial aid to work on voluntary veterinary projects abroad. This is greatly encouraged as it is something I have taken part in, in many developing countries throughout the world and think it is important and hugely rewarding to put something back into our profession.
This is a great job for a true General Practitioner.
If the above description could be YOU, then please complete the application form below, and e-mail it to me, along with your CV, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “VET APPLICATION”
I look forward to hearing from you
Helen Spencer MRCVS