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Veterinary Surgeon - Surgical Bias

Closing date 30-06-2023

Love spending your days in theatre? Missing out on that surgical caseload? Our Ellesmere Port site is looking for an experienced veterinary surgeon to expand our advanced surgical offering. Here at Animal Trust, our unique model means that we have a fantastic caseload that would suit someone keen to perform a wide range of both orthopaedic and soft tissue surgical procedures.
Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
Veterinary surgeon
British Pound Sterling
37,000 - 74,400 pa
Small animal
Full-time or Part-time
Overseas sponsorship

The role

Animal Trust, Cedab Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 4FE, United Kingdom
How the role has come about
We are on a mission to provide affordable veterinary care for people’s pets, especially those who are finding it hard to manage financially. Even before the current cost of living crisis, we know that there are many pet owners who are in distress because they can see their beloved friend needs help and they simply can’t afford the fees.
Owen Monie, our founding Vet, established the Animal Trust, because he passionately believes that no animal should suffer due to their owner’s financial hardship, which is why there are no consultation fees charged at any of our vet practices. There are no eligibility criteria, because we want to encourage people to bring their pets to us. Owners will only pay for any treatment at realistic prices, which are completely transparent and published on our website.
The Animal Trust is the only Community Interest Veterinary Group in the U.K who prioritise their staff, patients and owners’ welfare, rather than profit. Any profits are fed directly back into the Trust to provide career development and maintain the highest standard of care at the lowest possible price for our pet owners.
Job description
We want our team to be able play to their strengths so if surgery is yours, we’d love to have you on board.
We see a high proportion of sick and injured pets and our advanced surgical streams receive both internal and external referrals covering a wide range of surgical conditions. We invest in our sites and don’t compromise on patient care. Our CT scanner allows for excellent surgical planning and we have all the appropriate equipment you might need. Specialised kits for TECA, BOAS and ophthalmic surgery, a PAX locking kit as well as a full complement of non-locking plates, an oscillating saw and, not to mention, a fantastic surgical nursing team that provide excellent support and patient care. We have a particularly large stifle caseload and so are well-equipped for TTA, CCWO and MPL.

We think this role will appeal to you, if
- You want to have a varied caseload and rewarding job, with a good proportion of time on a surgical rota.
- You’re an experienced vet who wants to be heard and can help us improve our standards of patient care.
- You’re a vet with a social conscience who wants to make veterinary care more accessible to pet owners who earn the real living wage.
- You want to be part of a collaborative culture, where your opinions will be valued and your voice heard.
Salary scale £37,000 to £54,000, with Excellence in Practice scale up to £74,400
6 weeks holiday per year
UK and International CPD funded to certificate level
Private health care, 52 weeks sickness benefit and free employee assistance program — awarded after qualifying period  
Contributory pension scheme
RCVS and VDS fees paid
Access to counselling support including mental health, financial and life counselling after 12 months of service
Access to Vivup - our exciting benefits package to support your mental, physical and financial wellbeing
Life assurance of 3x base salary 
Staff discount
Cycle to work scheme
Refer-a-friend bonus
Paid time off to volunteer in your community
Varied and challenging career 
The satisfaction of working with a not-for-profit employer

About you

Personal attributes and qualities
A firm belief in our social mission – an ability to focus on the pets you save, who wouldn’t have normally been able to receive treatment, and a commitment to providing a good standard of care for owners and their pets.
You are naturally confident and enjoy the buzz of dealing with a fast-paced, busy caseload and environment.
You are keen to grow your technical capability and be part of a large friendly, multi-skilled team.
Specific experience, knowledge and competencies
An experienced veterinary surgeon, confident in orthopaedic and soft tissue procedures, who wants to make a difference
A surgical certificate would be desirable, but not essential

About us

Workplace overview
In 2023 Animal Trust turned 11 years old! Our not-for-profit veterinary company was founded by Owen Monie in 2012 and Ellesmere Port was opened in 2017. Here at Animal Trust we believe that every pet has the right to access good veterinary care. Our vision is that no pet goes untreated or faces euthanasia for a condition that has a good treatment option. We offer free consultations for sick and injured pets and our profits are re-invested straight back into the business to benefit our mission, rather than distributed to shareholders.

We are lucky to have an excellent team based at Ellesmere Port including both our clinical members that look after the poorly pets and our non-clinical team that look after all of us! We're passionate about our people and want them to feel fulfilled in their roles.

Our vet and nurse team are diverse and we play to our strengths. Whether you're surgical/imaging/medically biased we try to build our rotas around what our staff enjoy. This allows us to diagnose and treat the majority of our patients without needing to refer and the potential scope for learning and development is huge.

We want to continue widening access to our veterinary care and we're always open to new team members. If you think you might like to become a part of our journey, please get in touch and we'd love to talk to you about potential opportunities.
Awards and accreditations
RCVS Accredited Practice

Small Animal General Practice

B Lab

Certified B Corporation

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