Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists 01425 485615

Out of Hours Veterinary Surgeon

Are you a dedicated skilled veterinary surgeon with a flair for delivering exceptional clinical care? Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists invites individuals like you to join our dynamic night team and embark on an exciting journey. As the day transitions into night, our exceptional team of skilled RVNs and dedicated VCAs gracefully step into action, poised to provide unparalleled care throughout the twilight hours.

On average, our night shift is supported by a team of 3-4 dedicated night nurses, complemented by 2 twilight nurses, and three VCAs working diligently in the wards each night. From the peaceful twilight hours to the serene depths of the night, we offer a reassuring and expert touch, ensuring the utmost care for every beloved patient in our charge. This is an exciting opportunity to help us in providing a professional service with OOH and emergency cases received within normal hours from Referring Vets and other OOH providers.

Our facility boasts an anaesthesia team available around the clock for out-of-hours emergency procedures, as well as dedicated specialists on call for each discipline to provide emergency support for inpatients. We house two primary dog wards, an ICU/high-dependency unit, and a separate cat ward, ensuring comprehensive care tailored to each patient's needs. Our case load varies significantly, offering a diverse and challenging environment for our team. We're seeking passionate professionals eager to make a difference in the lives of animals. If you're ready to bring your skills and enthusiasm to our team, we'd love to hear from you.

Our Purpose and Passion

At Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists, we champion the impact of passion and expertise. Joining our night team places you at the core of our mission to elevate patient care to unprecedented levels. We seek an individual who can infuse their advanced veterinary skills with a compassionate touch.

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.

Qualities We Seek

We invite applications from Registered Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS) with varying levels of experience and diverse backgrounds, Cert AVP ECC is an advantage. Thriving in a collaborative team environment, you should possess the confidence to take initiative and actively contribute to the care of our high-dependency patients.

A work pattern that proves out of hours doesn’t mean all hours

A full-time position is ideally required however we are open to discussion re part time and different shift patterns. The shifts will be 13 hours and will include a share of weekend nights and bank holidays.

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:

•                 6.6 Weeks Annual Leave

•                 Increasing holiday allowance based on length of service

•                 Your birthday as a paid day off

•                 Relocation allowance of £5000


•                 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


•                 £2,500 CPD allowance

•                 Learning and development opportunities via the IVC Evidensia Academy

•                 Access to Vetlexicon - our online encyclopedia provider

•                 All our vets & nurses can apply for research funding

•                 Infection prevention and control programme

•                 Quality improvement programme

Professional Memberships

•                 VDS Cover

•                 RCVS fees


•                 Pawsome Benefits - reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with 100's of retailers

•                 Pension - 5% Employee/ 3% Employer

•                 Discounted staff pet care

As a BAME and LGBTQ+ inclusive employer, we are keen to hear from candidates from all minority and diverse groups. As a Disability Confident Employer, we are keen to hear from candidates with disabilities and long-term health conditions and would be happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments needed during the recruitment process

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Out of Hours Veterinary Surgeon
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