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Veterinary Surgeon

Location: Birmingham Animal Hospital (Newbrook Farm)
Salary: Circa. £38,000 per annum plus 4% shift allowance
Hours: 35
Closing date: Sat, 26 Sep 2020
Closing time: 10am

We're looking for a Veterinary Surgeon with post qualification experience to join us at our flagship charity Hospital and Animal Centre who has a keen interest in welfare work.

The RSPCA is the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales.  Our purpose is to prevent cruelty, promote kindness and alleviate the suffering of all animals.

The Hospital is based in a lovely rural setting, has excellent motorway access and is 20 minutes drive from central Birmingham.  Our Hospital consists of a friendly and enthusiastic team of 6.5 vets, 20 RVNs and 9 support staff.  We have an excellent range of equipment (ultrasound/ cardiology probe/colour doppler), endoscope/bronchoscope, tonopen, ECG, inhouse lab, multiparameter anaesthetic monitoring plus independent pulse Ox CO2 monitors and DCP/ SOP plating systems.

This is a shelter medicine/ surgery based role and comprises nearly 100% small animal companion work (with a small amount of wildlife). We are looking for a vet that is confident in routine small animal surgery and an interest in welfare work.

What's in it for you

As a team, we all enjoy working to high welfare and clinical standards and a feeling that we are working for the benefit of the patient first and foremost. The Veterinary team is responsible for the health and welfare of all RSPCA owned animals presented to the Hospital.

What you'll be doing

  • Rescue and rehabilitation of injured/ ill strays and victims of cruelty
  • Shelter medicine/ surgery for the onsite animal rehoming centre
  • Welfare casework for the RSPCA Inspectorate (clinical and report writing)
  • Surgical referrals for surrounding RSPCA branches
  • Wildlife triage
  • Liaising with and supporting local RSPCA animal centres and branches via telephone consultations and email communications by answering queries relating to veterinary/welfare/rehomeability decisions
  • Using evidence-based medicine to contribute to hospital clinical governance
  • A subsidised veterinary service for the public on low-incomes

The main bulk of work consists of 85% RSPCA generated animal work and 15% general public work. Public clients are on means-tested benefits and generally very appreciative of the service we provide.

The nature of our work involves pragmatic decision making and the ability to take a logical and cost-effective approach to clinical conditions.

Clinically the work focuses on surgery, diagnostics (radiography and both cardiac and abdominal ultrasonography), emergency trauma, shelter medicine, preventative medicine and infection control and working alongside the inspectorate on welfare cases.

Job package consists of

  • 35 hour full-time working week (8am to 3.30pm for day shifts, 2pm to 9pm late/on-call shift weekday) (quiet on-call commitments: 1:6 weekends to be worked according to an OOH rota (with 2 rostered days after the weekend).  This provides for a great work life balance.
  • Starting salary (£38,328) additional 4% shift allowance (based on starting salary, currently £1,533), call out and standby allowance when on call, plus 2 weekdays off after a quiet weekend on call
  • 25 days annual leave (increasing with length of service) plus 8 bank holidays (time back for any BH worked)
  • 5 days CPD
  • £1000 CPD allowance
  • Paid VDS and MRCVS registration fees
  • Generous pension scheme with associated life assurance and group income protection scheme
  • Private healthcare scheme

How to apply

An application form and job description can be downloaded from this web page. We cannot accept CVs without a fully completed application form.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications are received.

Please send your completed application form via email to quoting reference VS5959 by the closing date of 10am Saturday 26 September 2020.

Should you wish to arrange an informal chat regarding the above role please contact Joanna Szkutnicki, Senior Clinician at

Interviews will commence as soon as suitable applications are received via video hangouts (due to Covid-19). We reserve the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

All online information and documents are available in alternative formats, including Braille and large font, upon request from the Resourcing team.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion are at the heart of our organisation. We seek to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all.

Ending cruelty, promoting kindness and alleviating suffering to animals.

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