Veterinary Surgeon (Part-time job share considered)

Veterinary Surgeon full-time (part-time job share considered)

Location: Birmingham Animal Hospital (Newbrook Farm)
Salary: £37,948 per annum plus 4% shift allowance £1,517
Hours: 35
Closing date: Fri, 20 Dec 2019

We are looking for a veterinary surgeon with an interest in welfare work to join us in our purpose built 100% small animal charity hospital with great facilities and an excellent range of equipment (ultrasound, endoscopy, ECG, inhouse lab, multiparameter anaesthetic monitoring).

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 still only 20 minutes drive from central Birmingham. Our Hospital consists of a friendly, cheerful and passionate team of 6.5 vets, 24 registered veterinary nurses and 6 hospital assistants.

You will be working as part of a Hospital team that rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned stray animals brought to us by RSPCA inspectors. You will also be treating and representing cats, dogs and small animals that have been injured, abandoned, neglected or become the victims of cruelty.

We are looking for a pragmatic vet that is confident in routine surgery, an interest in welfare work and enjoys working as part of a team.

What you'll be doing

A great work-life balance: working hours Mon-Fri 8am to 4pm day shifts, quiet late/on-call shift during the week based on a rota pattern starting at 1.30pm, 1:6 weekends (with 2 days off after the weekend).

We all enjoy working to a high welfare standard and feel that we are working for the benefit of the patient first and foremost.

The veterinary work provides for a uniquely interesting caseload consists of:

  • Rescue and rehabilitation of injured/ ill strays and victims of cruelty
  • Shelter medicine/ surgery for the onsite animal rehoming centre
  • High trauma, orthopaedics, diagnostic caseload
  • Welfare casework for the RSPCA Inspectorate
  • Surgical referrals for surrounding RSPCA branches
  • Wildlife triage
  • Subsidised service for low-income clients
  • Using evidence-based medicine in producing documents and templates that contribute to hospital clinical governance
  • Liaising with and supporting via direct and email communications, animal centres and branches answering queries relating to veterinary/welfare/rehomeabilty decisions

The main bulk of work consists of 85 percent welfare work with minimal, approximately 15 percent general public work.

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

Clinically the work principally focuses on surgery, diagnostics (radiography and both cardiac and abdominal ultrasonography), orthopaedics, emergency trauma, shelter medicine and working alongside the inspectorate on welfare cases. An interest in medicine would also be of benefit.

What's in it for you

  • 35 hour full-time working week (Part-time job share considered)
  • Starting salary (£37,948) additional 4% shift allowance (based on starting salary, currently £1,517), 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
  • Access to a 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. If you are unable to attend either of these dates please still proceed with your application and we will try and arrange an alternative date.

Please send your completed application form via email to quoting reference VS388 by the closing date of Friday 9 December 2019.

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

Provisional Interview dates: Thursday 28th November / Wednesday 11th December

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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