Job Vacancies & Work Experience

Current Vacancies

Spring 2019
Full time Vet Vacancy

We are looking for a friendly, outgoing small animal vet to join our team of 15 vets across 3 sites in Bedfordshire.

First established in 1955, we are a busy, progressive independent practice, providing our own out of hours service and offering a range of disciplines in a supportive and caring RCVS accredited environment. Our main premises in the county town of Bedford, are purpose built and provides all the usual toys including; digital radiography, ultrasound, cardiography, endoscopy, hydrotherapy treadmill, in-house lab, separate wards to accommodate a range of species and isolation, to name but a few! We have excellent road and train links to London, Cambridge and the North.

This is a full time, permanent position. The successful candidate will be expected to confidently perform all aspects of routine small animal practice; consultations, surgery, medicine, diagnostics. The rota will require full commitment to some evenings, weekends and OOH. On-site accommodation is provided for the purpose of OOH.

This position would suit a recent graduate with up to 2 years UK small animal practice experience.

We support 5 days per annum for CPD, funded up to £1500pa. BUPA Healthcare (Corporate membership), pension, contribution towards Petplan insurance, contribution towards gym membership (gym of your choice), discounted professional veterinary fees.

LOCATIONS: Bedford in Bedfordshire (main premises), Sharnbrook in Bedfordshire (branch – consultations only), Wixams in Bedfordshire (branch – consultations only).

Salary range £30,000 – £33,000.

Please send your covering letter, CV and 2 references, via email, to Maxine Ketley, Business Development Manager:

Job Description


JOB TITLE:                                         Veterinary Surgeon (on -call)

RESPONSIBLE TO:                          Directors and Practice Manager

RESPONSIBLE FOR:                        Vet Students and Nurses in liaison with Head


To carry out the duties of an assistant Veterinary Surgeon in a caring and diligent manner, ensuring the welfare of animals entrusted to your care. At all times your actions must be professional and must maintain and enhance the public image of this practice and of the Veterinary profession in general. You must maintain excellent customer service skills and communications at all times.     

Specific duties to include:

Consultations and operations at the main practice and branches, and consultations via a visit to the clients’ animal as directed.

Remaining in communication with the practice by mobile phone whilst visiting.

Monitoring and medicating in-patients in consultation with the inpatient nurse.

Hand-over of inpatients to duty vet.

Prescribing and dispensing drugs for clients of the practice in accordance with Practice policy.

Cleaning and maintaining consult rooms between clients to a professional standard.

Advising clients over the phone.

Admitting patients for operations that require specific veterinary advice.

Lab work in the absence of a competent or available veterinary nurse.

Discharging patients that require specific veterinary advice.

Ensuring that all work and goods supplied to clients is charged at the practice’s normal fees.

Effectively communicating with colleagues and clients, in a timely and professional manner.

Providing estimates to clients.


Duty Vet

To provide emergency treatment for patients presented out of hours either from this Practice or from neighbouring practices, (if such practices are un-contactable.)

Taking primary responsibility for the emergency treatment of animals.

Treatment and care of in-patient animals as per the normal working day.

Updating in-patients notes.

To remain on the premises for the duration of the overnight shift (unless required to attend a patient off-site/at home, where necessary back-up/cover can be arranged).

In-patients hand over between 8.00am and 8.30am to kennel nurse AND relevant        


Ensuring that the duty mobile phone, or reliable second contact number, is always capable of receiving calls from the duty nurse when away from home.



Completion of insurance forms in liaison with in-house insurance advisors.

Maintaining excellent client communication and customer service skills.

Checking callbacks/internal messages several times daily and replying by return.

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.

Covering sickness of assistants in a fair manner which in exceptional circumstances may mean cancelling time off at short notice.



Keeping Practice vehicles clean and tidy.

Maintaining a stock of drugs and ensuring they are kept in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and practice policy.


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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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