Job Vacancies & Work Experience

Current Vacancies

Winter 2019
Exciting opportunities for experienced RVN/SVN

Are you hardworking, reliable and conscientious? Are you looking for an opportunity to further develop your skills and join a well-established, modern, progressive veterinary practice?

First established in 1955 and now one of only a few remaining independent practices in the local area, Scott Veterinary Clinic proudly delivers an excellent standard of RCVS accredited, small animal & exotics veterinary care in Bedfordshire. Committed to providing professional and compassionate care, our dedicated team provides a comprehensive range of services. Our modern, purpose-built primary site is situated in a prominent location in the County Town of Bedford with excellent road and train links to London, Cambridge and the north.

We are restructuring our team and looking to fill 3 full time positions;

  • 2 Fabulous 1:6 rota positions, including a 4 day weekend off
  • 1 off rota position, including 3 day weekends off

Successful applicants must be caring and enthusiastic, friendly and proactive. Excellent communication and customer service skills are essential. We encourage and support further learning, therefore a keen enthusiasm for progression within your field will be nurtured, with a generous CPD allowance.

We provide a comprehensive induction programme and have an excellent Clinical Coaching team available to provide all the necessary support for student veterinary nurses. The caseload is varied, challenging and rewarding. Salary is commensurate with experience/qualification.

We offer an attractive benefits package and our Christmas parties and annual rounders match are pretty good fun too!

Please send your CV and letter of intent to Hannah Colborne RVN, Senior Admin Nurse.

We’d love to hear from you!

Nurse Job Description

JOB TITLE:                                            Nurse

RESPONSIBLE TO:                             Head Nurse

  1. Handover/Prep/Dental

Handover of in-patient care after on-call. Assisting Kennel Nurse.  Admitting/discharging animals. Pre-op examinations and premedication of patients with Vets.  Maintaining a clean and safe working environment. Washing kits and instruments to assist prep-room Assistant. Cleaning surfaces/floors/equipment.  Re-stocking drugs, syringes etc. Assisting Vets with patient examinations.

  1. Theatre

Preparing/setting up theatre.  Monitoring/maintenance and recording of anaesthetised/chemically restrained patients.  Assisting with theatre procedures/x-rays/ultrasound/endoscopy.  Monitoring and recording recovery of animals.  Handover of recoveries to Kennel Nurse. Administering medicines under the direction of a Veterinary Surgeon. Entering theatre procedure details onto computer records. Maintaining accurate hospital records using the AT hospital system.

  1. Kennels

General husbandry, care and maintenance of in-patients and day patients. Maintaining accurate patient records, regular monitoring and recording of in-patient care.  Medicating in-patients (by direction of veterinary surgeon).  Maintaining a clean and safe environment for patients and staff.  Efficiently communicating with Theatre and prep-room staff. Washing bowls/trays etc.  Liaising with clients and informing relevant staff of clients visiting patients. Updating case Vets of patient care. Informing clients of patient status and account information.

  1. Consulting

Maintaining an efficient and informative nurse consultation service. Liaising with Receptionists. Effective and empathetic communication with clients. Providing estimates when required. Providing accurate and most current information and advice for; weight management, diet, neutering, exercise, blood pressure monitoring, preventative health care, neutraceuticals, microchipping, travelling abroad, current special offers/promotions. Maintaining accurate client records including; history, current weight, insurance status, invoicing.

  1. Dispensary

Accurate dispensing of large and small animal prescriptions.  Recording dispensed items accurately including Batch numbers where appropriate. Regular maintenance of consulting room equipment including; tonopen, ear pieces, stethescopes etc. Topping up/re-stocking tablet pots/lids.  Assisting vets in consults when required.  Cleaning and maintaining consult rooms between surgeries.  Answering phone calls.  Advising clients over phone and at front desk.  Unpacking and initialling drug order when it arrives. Admitting ops, assisting in prep-room when required.

  1. Lab

Running appropriate blood samples listed in the lab book.  Fully responsible for invoicing lab work, entering results onto client record and to indicate this has all be done in lab book.  Daily maintenance and cleaning of all equipment.  Running daily calibration/cleaning and quality control when required. Assisting other members of staff when requested if possible.  Disposal of old lab samples.

  1. On-call

Assisting the duty vet with emergency cases.  Taking over of in-patients from kennel nurse.  Continuing treatment and patient care as detailed in section 3.  Lab work if necessary.  Discharging patients. Accurate communication with both clinical staff, receptionists and clients. Responsible for end of day procedures including; general hygiene, tidying, stocking up, security.   Answering phone calls out of hours; providing advice, estimate where required, phone triage/instruction, making arrangements for the case to be seen when required.  Hand-over of in-patients to kennel nurse the following morning.

  1. General

Answering phone calls.  General hygiene, disinfection and maintenance of clinical areas. Administration of individual cremations.  Any reasonable task directed by their superiors.  Observation of all practice rules as defined in practice manual, HSE, COSHH etc., as from time to time updated.

  1. Practice branch staffing

Responsible for providing advice and support. Running nurse clinics according to demand. Reception duties, as detailed in the Veterinary Receptionist Manual. Assisting the Vet when required. Opening up the premises. Till reconciliation, cashing up, stock take. Routine cleaning and maintenance. Securing the premises at the end of your shift.

  1. Posting

Responsible for recording details of each pathological item posted, in the posting book. Packaging pathological samples according to the UN3373 posting regulations and labelling the items accordingly. Applying the correct postage to each item (including special recorded, signed for). Completion of pathological sample lab submission paperwork, in liaison with the case vet. Applying the correct postage to 1st and 2nd class mail according to its size and weight. Completing all associated relevant paper records for special items. Ensure the ‘ready’ post is in reception for 5pm (Mon-Fri) for collection by The Royal Mail.

Pathological samples for PTDS are secured with completed paperwork and put into the collection box outside the premises, for collection, before 7pm.

  1. Student Nurses

Will work all sections of the Nurse Job Description under the direct guidance and supervision of a Registered Veterinary Nurse or Veterinary Surgeon.

  1. Clinical Coaches

Responsible for providing ongoing support and guidance to all student veterinary nurses. (Where possible this will be on a 1:1 ratio). Responsible for completing regular student tutorials (at least every 2 weeks). These must include relevant discussion points, target dates and reflective comments. Students must be supported in all aspects of nursing and nurse training. Responsible for assisting student nurses in the completion of their Nursing Progress Log. Responsible for liaising with Head Nurse, Senior Admin Nurse, and Veterinary Nursing course provider for the provision of nurse training.

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Work experience

School and College students

We recognise the importance of providing the opportunity for students to experience a vocational work placement.

Veterinary based work placements are increasingly popular. Demand for placements is always very high.

We require each applicant to complete a Work Experience application form and provide references, one of which must be the applicant’s form teacher who must also confirm expected GCSE/A level results, in the appropriate subjects.


If your application is successful we will contact you to confirm your booking and arrange an informal interview. This will give you an opportunity to ask us any questions you may have and find out more about your placement. Please note –

  • All applicants must be at least 16 at the time of the placement
  • Applications will take up to 6 weeks to be processed, please allow sufficient time and return forms promptly
  • All placements are for one week only (Mon-Fri) and subject to availability
  • All placement offers are subject to a satisfactory Health and Safety risk assessment
  • All placements (and interviews) are conducted at our main Goldington Road practice in Bedford

You are advised to apply for a placement at least 12 months in advance

Please e-mail your application for the attention of Mrs Hannah Colborne, Senior Admin Nurse

Veterinary Degree students

Please e-mail Hannah Colborne:  for all EMS placement enquiries. Please note –

  • Since May 2014 we no longer provide a large animal or equine service.
  • All EMS placements are subject to availability.

You are advised to book with as much notice as possible.

Voluntary requests – When available we do offer voluntary placements. These will usually involve helping out on regular weekends at our Bedford branch. For more information and to register your interest please e-mail Hannah Colborne:

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