Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists 01425 485615

Head of Department Veterinary Neurologist / Veterinary Neurologist

We have one vacancy open as an exciting opportunity for either a fulltime Head of Department Veterinary Neurologist, or a Veterinary Neurologist to join our existing team. This would be a fulltime position, working a four-day week with a 1:4 weekend on call.

Head of Department Responsibilities

  • Working with SMT to determine and evolve strategy for their department
  • Working with SMT and other HOD to achieve operational requirements of the hospital, as well as business targets
  • Attending Heads of Department meeting (quarterly)
  • Determining and justifying staff requirements for your department
  • Determining equipment needs for your department & producing Capital Expenditure justifications
  • Managing teamwork and team relationships
  • Assisting with customer complaints relevant to your department & helping with complaint resolution in liaison with our Customer Care Manager (+/- SMT)
  • Organising, chairing and minuting regular department meeting (minimum monthly), communicating action points with SMT for information/approval
  • Appraisal of vets in your department
  • Rota, organising 24/7 cover for your department – this would be a shared responsibility with Heads of Department nurse

Qualities We Seek

We invite applications from an ECVN or ACVIM boarded or board eligible neurologist to join the team. The candidate must be eligible to work in the UK and must be MRCVS or hold a veterinary degree registrable with the RCVS. If applying as a Head of Department, experience within leadership and management at a similar level is desirable but not essential for the right person.

Our Purpose and Mission

At Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists, our aim is to provide the very highest standards of clinical care to our patients, delivered with empathy and compassion. Our team achieves this though the highest standards of teamworking and genuine interdisciplinary collaboration. We also understand the importance of working in collaboration with our colleagues in the local veterinary community, aiming always to build excellent relationships, providing them and their clients referral service excellence.

Who We Are

Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists is a multidisciplinary referral centre, located in the South of England, close to the New Forest National Park and South Coast, offering easy access to a multitude of outdoor activities.

Bournemouth beach has just been voted number one beach in the UK by Tripadvisor and is only a 20-minute drive from the practice. The area also offers good access to regional and international airports, with excellent road and rail links to London.

Our hospital facility enjoyed a £5 million redevelopment completed November 2022, which included a new reception, consulting rooms, new theatre complex and physiotherapy facility. Further redevelopment is planning to create a dedicated diagnostic Imaging building, which will include a neurology and medicine suite. Imaging equipment includes a 64-slice Siemens Somatom Perspective CT scanner and a 1.5T Hallmarq PetVet MRI, which will be replaced by a Siemens Altea 1.5Tesla MRI within the next 12 months. We also have a SonoCure ultrasonic aspirator. A Lifeline R40 EEG system and a Nicolet Viking Quest EMG system.

Why chose us?

We recognise that our people are fundamental to the success of our business. Investing in our people, premises and processes is at the heart of what we do. Along with a competitive salary, you will benefit from:

  • Competitive salary
  • Pension - 5% Employee/ 5% Employer
  • Life insurance policy
  • Income protection insurance
  • Health insurance plan
  • 7.6 Weeks Annual Leave inclusive of bank holidays
  • Your birthday as a paid day off
  • Relocation allowance of £5000
  • On site parking


  • Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/ shared parental and surrogacy pay
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Initiatives focused on employee wellbeing, including discounted gym membership
  • Non-accidental injury support
  • Private medical insurance


  • Competitive CPD allowance - £5,000
  • Centrally-supported research funding
  • Infection prevention and control programme
  • Quality improvement programme

Professional Memberships

  • VDS Cover
  • RCVS fees


  • Discounted staff pet care
  • Pawsome Benefits - reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with 100's of retailers
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Head of Department Veterinary Neurologist / Veterinary Neurologist
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