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Small Animal Vet Wanted – £35,000 – £55,000 DOE basic, plus profit share, 4 day week, plus every other Saturday (full time, part time to be considered, pro rota)

Job Type: Full time Part time Employer: Hitchin Veterinary Surgery Sector: Small Animal
  • Location: England, United Kingdom View on Map
  • Post Date: 07/08/2023
  • Apply Before: 10/10/2023
  • Salary: £35,000.00 - £55,000.00 / Annually
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Job Description

Do you want a good job in a fun atmosphere, working short hours with some brilliant people with genuine prospects for advancement? Hitchin Veterinary Surgery may then be the place for you!

The practice founder, Stuart de Wolf, will explain more; ‘being a small independent practice with just 18 staff, many of whom I have worked with for many years, are like a big family which meant I knew that I did not want to go down the corporate sale route and instead opted to set up an Employee Ownership Trust. This means that all the staff will be entitled to a profit share which looks to be a very generous bonus this year, and hopefully every year! However, the business will still need leadership and with the two senior vets quite ‘long in the teeth’ (sorry Zoe!) there are definite prospects for the right employee to run the business, and unlike a clinical director in a corporate practice, you will be working for yourself and sharing the profits!’

Zoe, one of our senior veterinary surgeons who joined the team in November 2019 had the following to say about Hitchin Vets; ‘From day one, everyone at the surgery made me feel welcome and part of the family. Since then, we have grown as a practice and it is amazing to have been part of that journey and feel that your feedback is valued. There is a varied caseload here at the practice, and everyone works together as a team to ensure the smooth running of the practice. I appreciate everyone working at the surgery from the admin team to the vets, my job would not be possible without any of their wealth of experience and knowledge. I look forward to another vet joining the team!’

Why not take a look for yourself and review our 353 five star Google reviews and let our clients speak for themselves!

  • % Travel 5
  • Qualifications MRCVS/ DVM / VMD (Veterinary degree)
  • Benefits Private pension plan/401K/RRSPEmployee discounts
  • Flexible Work No
  • Will support visa sponsorship No
  • Role Purpose To work as a veterinary surgeon alongside a very experience team to continue the positive development of our first opinion practice.
  • Bonuses / Salary Uplifts Employee Profit Share. As an EOT our mission is to reward our staff yearly (pro rota for part time staff, and including a minimum contract period) from the profits of the business, as we are all co-owners! Our aim is to provide a work environment that encourages forward thinking, utilises personal assets amongst team members to encourage growth and structure for the practice and team, and to listen to and value team members opinions and feedback.
  • Working Hours This position would preferably be a full time position but part time applicants will be considered. Full time role will consist of four days a week, plus every other Saturday (morning only), with a part time position being three days per week plus one in four Saturdays. Our veterinary surgeons work between the hours of 9am - 6pm on weekdays, with the last consult being at 5.30pm.
  • Key competencies

    Preferably the ideal candidate would have a minimum of three years experience and should be competent at common surgical emergency procedures as well as having an in-depth knowledge of common medical conditions. We encourage building a rapport with our clients, to make them feel involved and most importantly to show we are listening, to ensure we remain a successful practice and they leave feeling happy with the service provided!

    The practice is fully equipped with digital radiography, including dental, ultrasound, endoscopy, comprehensive lab machines and extensive surgical kits. We also have close veterinary relationships with an ophthalmologist, skin specialist and orthopaedic surgeon who travel to work alongside us regularly, as well as a great working relationship with our reps!

  • Responsibilities + duties

    This role is an 100% small animal role, consisting of both surgical procedures and consulting. Although you will have specified slots for both, we work as a team and we always encourage to help other team members out when necessary to promote a healthy and positive working environment.

    We are one family, we support each other and we utilise our high skill set as a team to continue our succession of the practice.

    If you have a passion for animals and enjoy building a rapport with people, and you love to see your clients and their furry friends happy and healthy with the support of the team behind them, please get in touch.

  • Benefits- additional details

    As an Employee Ownership Trust, we feel like it is important to consider the opinions of the employees to ensure that the running of the practice is smooth and efficient, and listen to their feedback to create a positive working environment. An additional incentive to the EOT is the potential of an employee profit share yearly (pro rota) with the first £3600 being tax free as per HMRC. Other benefits include;

    • Private pension
    • Employee Discounts
    • Annual Salary Review
    • 5 weeks paid annual leave (plus bank holidays)
    • Professional fees paid
    • Independent and Employee owned practice
    • Social Events organised on a regular basis
  • Interview process details

    After an application has been assessed we would be in contact to arrange an interview date. As a team, and an employee ownership trust, we feel it is important for the candidate to come in to meet the team for an informal chat with management, and then spend the day to gain an insight into the daily running of the practice and the workload on a daily basis.


    If you would like to learn more about the role or to send your CV, please email Kirstie at hitchinvetsfinance@gmail.com with your CV and covering letter. We look forward to hearing from you!

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