University of Liverpool (Veterinary Practice)

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  • Sectors Research/ Academia , Small Animal
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  • Flexible work environment Flexible working is available
  • Support for global candidates/visas Overseas applicants welcomed, visas may be supported depending on UK government reqs
  • Remote/work from home Not available for this role
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  • Company overview

    The University of Liverpool is one of the UK’s leading research institutions with a prodigious spread of expertise -from the humanities and social sciences to engineering, science, veterinary science and medicine. It attracts collaborative and contract research commissions from a wide range of national and international organisations – commissions valued at more than £100 million annually. The School of Veterinary Science sits in the Institute of Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences, in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. The Department of Small Animal Clinical Science is the organisational unit for these posts.


    Liverpool was the first veterinary school in the UK to be part of a University, and has always been a leading education provider for the vets of the future. The current Head of School is Professor Paul Lunn, and the current head of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Science is Professor Tom Maddox.


    The UVP is a busy primary care practice, with 5.6 FTE vets (including 1FTE dedicated exotics vet and a new second exotics role coming on board soon). The vets are supported by a nursing and animal care team of 5.6 FTEs, and three full-time clerical support staff and a practice administrator to oversee the day to day running of the practice. Qualified veterinarians on rotating Internships in Small Animal Studies also rotate through the practice; and this will be changing to include a Primary Care Intern based solely at the practice. Students rotate through the practice as part of their clinical training, and core teaching is currently undertaken 30 weeks of the calendar year (but may be extended), plus 3 weeks of elective. Students from University of Liverpool and other universities also undertake EMS in the practice.


    The University Veterinary Practice is a purpose built first opinion practice, providing primary care services for clients and their pets in Liverpool City Centre. Facilities at the practice include DR radiography, two operating theatres and a generous prep area, a separate dental room including DR intra-oral radiography. We have an in-house lab and dedicated teaching and office space within the practice. Wards are species separated (dogs, cats, exotics and isolation) and we are recognised Cat Friendly Practice (silver) and Rabbit Friendly Practice. We are also a member of the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme (GP level).

  • Company values

    We like to think of the practice as proudly primary care. We want to demonstrate to our students what excellent primary care vetting looks like, and describe what we do here as vetting with added students. The practice is set up with teaching at the heart of everything we do, from long consult times (30 minutes as standard) to allow them time to interact with owners and run consultations, to working with local charitable partners to provide additional neutering work and an understanding of the role of a vet within the wider community.

    Working as part of the University we also embody the central values of the organisation:


    We dream big and make things happen.

    We have the confidence to make bold decisions to achieve success.


    Together, we achieve more.

    We make an impact through partnerships, releasing the power of collective expertise and shared endeavour.


    Shaped by diversity, powered by difference.

    We champion a culture in which all are valued and supported to thrive.


    Original thinking with an independent spirit.

    We create, reimagine and break new ground.


    A focus on doing the right thing.

    We create positive change that improves lives.

  • What makes your organization a great place to work?

    The practice is a close-knit team within the wider department of Small Animal Clinical Science. The people who work here have chosen this career to work with students, so teaching runs through our blood. For new career teachers the University provides teacher training, from foundations right the way up to Masters Level, all centrally funded and separate from your personal CPD budget. There is space to develop and grow into the teacher you want to be, and the vet or nurse you want to be as well.

    While the building is only a tiny part of why you would decide where to work – ours is pretty nice! We are in a purpose built practice, with plenty of natural light, huge consulting rooms and the space for species-group separated wards (dogs, cats, exotics and isolation). We have a vet office which is great for case discussions between all of us, but most of the time is somewhere that’s full of laughter – which makes me really happy that we can all joke with each other every day.

    Being based on the Liverpool campus we have all the benefits of a city centre location, including six different coffee shops all within a few minutes walk of the practice, so plenty of places to have a nice relaxing lunch break at, or when the weather is nice just somewhere to go for a walk. We also have access to all the campus facilities including the libraries.

    Our salaries may not quite have caught up with private practice, but the Uni has a range of additional benefits which more than make up for this. We have a generous holiday allowance (30 days), are members of a pension scheme with a high employer contribution (on average 20-25% depending on exact scheme) and all of the things you would expect from a large organisation like employee discount schemes on a range of things.

    Our quality of life here is high. The diary is built around the students, which means the pace is slower than most of the hectic primary care places I have worked before. There’s time to work up your cases, discuss next steps with the students and deal with any emergencies. Which also means staying beyond shift end is a rarity.

  • Describe an ideal employee at your organization

    Someone who has a passion for teaching. We don’t need you to have tons of previous experience, in fact for most of us here, this is our first job in education. You’ll be a normal vet with added students, be able to explain what you are doing as you’re doing it, and be someone our students can look to as the kind of vet they want to be.

    As a clinician we’d love you to be someone who cares about your cases and the owners they come in with, who wants to build relationships with our clients and be the person they trust to bring their pet to.

    As a team mate, we want someone we can have a joke with. Someone who never makes a selfish cup of tea, a person who will muck in when needed and support everyone working with and around them.

  • Family-friendly initiatives at this workplace

    The university has a huge range of policies in place for this, so the best thing to do is send you to have a look at all of them!

  • Flexible work initiatives at the workplace

    We are happy to discuss flexible working arrangements when suitable for the role, and do have some staff members in the practice already working flexibly.

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives you have

    Again the uni as a large organisation has a huge amount of work around this. As an institution we hold an Athena Swan award, and locally staff within the practice have been able to attend courses for female academics in leadership (the Aurora program) – specifically designed to reduce gender inequality in academia.

  • Sustainability initiatives you have in the workplace

    Our lab is working towards LEAF accreditation, and our city centre location means public transport to work is easily accessible. We have both a public bike rack and secure storage areas for bikes at the practice, as well as showers on site for once you arrive! The University as a larger organisation has a range of sustainability policies in place.

  • Structured career progression initiatives at the workplace

    All new academic staff are enrolled onto the Foundations in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (FLTHE) course, with progression through Post-graduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Academic Practice (PGCAP/DAP) also encouraged.

    We receive discounts on post-graduate certificates through the uni, and further clinical and non-clinical training and development is encouraged.

    All staff are able to apply for promotion through the University Pay and Rewards scheme, with a annual round of applications.

  • Animal welfare policies and/or lowering barriers to care/spectrum of care initiatives

    We work closely with Cats Protection to provide not only regular neutering slots, but also care for a range of cats who would otherwise not be presented for veterinary care. As a practice our costs are set to be affordable for the area we work in. Our students are all taught about the importance of offering a true spectrum of care, reflected in the huge range of clients we see here; from charity practice eligible through to clients who travel some distance to attend here simply because we are the University.

  • Workplace certifications or affiliations (AAHA, Blend, MCVMA, BVEDS, Pride, Flexee, Vetmums/DVMom owned BIPOC owned, LGBTIQIA2SL+ owned

    Athena Swan, silver (University and Insitute level)

    Cat friendly (silver)

    Rabbit friendly

  • Workplace certifications or affiliations Cat friendly certified

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