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Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Closing date 31-12-2023

Fancy working in a progressive environment where team wellbeing is a priority, personal growth is championed, new ideas are always welcomed and great teamwork is king? Then this is the new vet job you're looking for!
Walsall, United Kingdom
Veterinary surgeon
British Pound Sterling
35,000 - 80,000 pa
Small animal
Overseas sponsorship

The role

387 Walsall Road, Great Wyrley, Walsall, WS6 6DP, United Kingdom
Single site small animal veterinary practice with interconnecting cat-only clinic (the only dedicated cat-only clinic in the West Midlands)
How the role has come about
Continued growth and expansion of our practice, with a planned extension in 2024 to create a second sterile operating theatre and a dedicated dental suite, means we are looking for an additional vet to our current team.
Job description
Combination of working in our general practice as well as our dedicated cat clinic, offering consultations as well as more practical skills including surgery, radiography and ultrasonography. Opportunity to learn other skills such as laparoscopy. Successful candidate will be working in a 7-strong vet team including 4 certificate holders, together with 8 RVNs. We have a very large portfolio of advanced equipment, allowing individuals to pursue clinical progression in many fields.
4 day week, no OOH and 1 in 7 Saturday rotation (8.30am-2.30pm)
BUPA healthcare, health cash plan, RCVS and work associated subscription fees, funded CPD, day off on your birthday, enhanced paid sick leave, discounts for own pets

About you

Experience required
  • Any experience considered
Personal attributes and qualities
Our practice and its ethos is built around its members - a desire to include and be included is absolutely essential as is a willingness to contribute, to be open minded to change and supportive of colleagues. We are looking for a caring individual who is able to build a strong rapport with team members and clients alike. Our team has collectively agreed that core values that matter most to us are team work, compassion, community, respect and knowledge.
Specific experience, knowledge and competencies
Some experience in veterinary practice preferred but an enthusiasm to progress, learn and contribute and a candidate with great people skills and a desire to practise veterinary medicine at a high level is more important than experience.

About us

Workplace overview
Since opening as a new independent small animal practice in 2007, 387 Vets has been on an exciting journey of growth and development, including two major development projects. Our most recent was the construction of a fabulous feline clinic in 2021 (The West Midlands Cat Clinic), which cats and owners love and ISFM have accredited as gold standard. Inter-connecting with our main small animal practice, the separate entrance, waiting and consult rooms provide a feline-centric stress-minimising environment, while patients still have easy access to our full range of our main practice facilities.

Being independent, co-owners Hamish and Rachel love having the freedom to make practice improvements. We are all excited about new plans for an additional sterile theatre, a separate dental operating suite, new office and meeting space and a practice roof garden - important for al fresco lunches. Building is scheduled to start in early 2024. We don’t like to stand still!

We’re proud of our multi-award winning care and customer service standards, especially being former winners of a SPVS Wellbeing Award and Petplan Practice of the Year. We have a highly skilled vet team, with 4 of our 6-strong team holding additional Postgraduate Certificates in small animal medicine, surgery, feline practice and dentistry, the last undertaken here and fully funded by us. Hamish our clinical director is also an Advanced Practitioner. Many of our RVNs are certificate holders, and all team are invested in doing their best for our pet patients. On top of our in-house expertise, we subscribe to Zoetis DX for instant specialist veterinary advice.

Whilst we have a wide portfolio of hi-spec equipment, Hamish and Rachel recognise that it’s very much the people who make the practice. Great work place culture is as important as excellent service standards. We live by team-agreed values and anyone can highlight colleagues who go the extra mile on our gratitude board. Individuals refer to the wider team as the 387 family - here everyone is equally important regardless of role or experience; everyone has a voice and plays a significant part in our collective success.

Feeling motivated at work matters to wellbeing. We see a wide range of cases and carry out much orthopaedic, dental and general surgery on site, recently introducing laparoscopy to our portfolio. We’re big believers in supporting individuals’ passions, and in helping team members to grow as clinicians and people. We encourage sharing and implementation of new learning and are generous with CPD support, an example being full funding for a vet and an RVN to attend this year’s ISFM Congress in Dublin. We recognise individual growth helps to make the whole practice stronger.

In 2016, 387 Vets was the first ever practice in the UK to become a Platinum Investors in People business in recognition of the way we lead, manage and support our team. We were delighted to retain this award in 2019 and have again been reaccredited as Platinum in 2024, with 100% of team believing 387 Vets is a great place to work.

387 Vets is open 8am to 7pm (last consult 6.15pm) on weekdays and from 8.30am to 2.30pm (last consult 1.45pm) on Saturdays. There is no out of hours, no additional weekend work, and we close on all bank holidays except for Good Friday. We hold all meetings within working hours. We recognise a good work/ life balance and time off with family and friends is precious.

As we’ve said before, it’s the people that matter. Our longest serving RVN has been here 13 years, one of our newest RVNs recently stated, “I’ve found my forever job!” and our youngest vet, who joined us on graduating in 2019, cites, "the lovely friendly/ family feel to the practice," as being one of the best things about working here.

Sound like the kind of work environment you’d like to join? We’re fortunate that many of our team have joined us through recommendation or speculative enquiry. Could this be you? If you can see yourself being an invested member of the 387 team, we’d love you to get in touch.
Awards and accreditations

RCVS Accredited Small Animal Practice


RCVS PSS Client Service - Outstanding


Wellbeing Awards - Winners in 2016 and Highly Commended in 2019


Practice of the Year 2017


Cat Friendly Accredited Clinic - 387 Vets Gold 2023; West Mids Cat Clinic Gold 2022

Compassion Understood

Platinum Award for End of Life Care

Investors In People

Platinum Award, current 2019 until 2023

The Best Of

Top 20 UK Business 2020

The Best of

Gold Award for Continued Outstanding Customer Feedback 2022

Further details

Application, interview and selection process
Interested candidates should submit their CV along with a covering letter to hamishduncan@387vets.com. An interview will follow for successful, short-listed applicants, together with the opportunity to spend some time in practice with our team.

Apply for this role

Please send your CV and covering letter to:

Hamish Duncan - hamishduncan@387vets.com - 01922411755