Registered Veterinary Nurse – Full Or Part Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated qualified veterinary nurse to join our supportive and friendly team of vets, veterinary nurses and receptionists in a well established and equipped small-animal practice in Heathfield.
We see a varied and interesting caseload, including laparoscopy, endoscopy, cardiology, orthopaedics and much more! You will be working alongside the rest of the team to provide high quality care to our patients and excellent customer service to our clients.
The hours for this position are usually 40 hours per week average, but we would consider a job share if the right candidates and circumstances allow. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Working time: Monday to Friday, and Saturday mornings. Early, middle and late shifts so flexibility in working hours is required. We provide our clients with an OOH service between 06:00am and 08:30am (when we open) and between 18:00/19:00 (when we close) to 22:00, and between 06:00-22:00 on the weekends, so all of our clinical team share the nights and weekends on call.
For the nursing team, this would usually be 1 in 4 weekends on call although with working in split teams due to coronavirus it currently varies and can be up to 1 in 3 weekends. Similarly, Saturday mornings are spread equally and are usually 2 in 4, but may be 2 in 3 until we are no longer in split teams. VetsNow cover between 10pm and 6am, so limited unsociable hours for on calls.
We offer funded CPD and staff discount. More details will be provided at interview.
In order to apply for this position, please submit the following:
- Application form – which you can download below
- Covering letter
Please send the above to our practice manager, Donné at the email on the bottom of the application form. If you have any questions regarding the role, please don’t hesitate to email her at this address!
Sorry we have no other vacancies at present
We are not currently recruiting for any other positions.
However you can submit a speculative application at any time, if you wish, using the application form below. Please just make sure you indicate what type of role you are looking for, as we do keep these on file for up to 6 months so that when a suitable position is available the application can be considered.
Please send any applications, with your CV, or enquiries to our Practice Manager, Donné at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are an approved veterinary nurse training centre – with a strong affiliation to our local training college Plumpton College.
Veterinary nurses are an integral part of the Heathfield Vets team, and expectations are high as they perform very important duties in the practice.
Places for trainee nurse positions are very limited, and applicants are only considered for the role once they have been a Kennel Assistant with us for between 12 and 24 months.
This gives you a chance to get hands-on experience in a related role in practice, understand all aspects of the position and make sure you are committed to the veterinary nursing pathway – as our very hardworking trainees will tell you, the three year course is demanding, but incredibly rewarding.
We pride ourselves on the amount of support we give our trainees, which helps maintain our very high standards – and an almost 100% pass rate.
If you are interested in a veterinary nursing trainee role, please fill in and submit the application form above.
We get lots of enquiries from young people considering veterinary medicine or nursing as a career and we are always more than happy to help by answering questions or giving advice.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has good information on its website.
Like most veterinary practices, we have a lot of people who would like to spend time with us to see what our work is like, from those who love watching vet programmes on TV to those who are seriously considering it as a career path.
We encourage applicants to come along and see the realities of life in a small-animal veterinary practice, but as places are limited, all applicants for work experience or voluntary experience must fill in our application form above, and submit it for the position of ‘work experience’, together with their predicted or attained grades.
We do give priority to students already studying a veterinary degree, as they are required to gain practical experience as part of the course. We do limit places to one student or work experience opportunity at a time so that each person who comes to us can get the most out of their time here.
“During my 3 years of Clinical EMS I have spent several enjoyable weeks with the team at Heathfield Vets.
The team are truly inclusive, friendly and considerate and I learnt a lot whilst on my placements.
The vets and nurses took a proactive interest in my learning, educational and practical development as both a student and future vet.
I am incredibly grateful for my invaluable experiences and knowledge gained whilst at Heathfield Vets and shall take this with me once I have graduated.”
Sarah McConkey (Vet student)
“A huge thanks to the Vets, Nurses and rest of the team at Heathfield Vets for their continued support and help throughout my time completing work experience with them.
They are all wonderful, kind and generous people who taught me so much! I cannot say enough great things about everyone there and I would just like to say a special thanks to Donné for letting me come in.
It was a real joy to be around a great team with a wealth of experience between them.”
Melissa H (student)