Full Time Small Animal Veterinarian Position
We are looking for a fourth vet to join our friendly team at our busy small animal practice in the heart of East Sussex. This is the ideal role for candidates with over two years of experience as a small animal veterinarian with the opportunity for learning and development in your areas of interest.
We are located in a beautiful part of the country, within a good distance from London and Brighton. We have a team of dedicated receptionists, and our wonderful nursing team comprises of three qualified veterinary nurses, 2 final year nursing students and a kennel assistant, so the clinical team has strong support all round.
We are well equipped with all the usual, as well as having an in-house laboratory, ultrasound, dental x-ray and equipment to perform laparoscopy and endoscopy. Our vets, with over 30 years of experience, also have areas of special interest in soft tissue surgery, cardiology, orthopaedics and oncology. As a result, we have an interesting and varied caseload, with plenty of opportunity to learn or to carry out your own advanced medicine or surgery.
We encourage our vets to develop their areas of interest through funded CPD and are interested in further investment in bringing new ideas, equipment and techniques into our practice.
Working hours are usually 4 days per week and 1 in 4 Saturdays (Saturdays are currently sole charge, with 3 support staff including RVNs). We provide our own out of hours emergency service to our clients, seven days a week between 6am and 10pm. The rotation is one night per week and one weekend in four on call on average and this would form part of your rota. VetsNow cover between 10pm and 6am so there are limited unsociable hours.
We offer a competitive salary package based on experience for this position, including memberships, CPD and pension contributions.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give us a call – the best person to speak to is our practice manager, Donné, on 01435 864422 – she can answer your initial queries and put you through to one of the vets to discuss the role further.
Please send any applications or enquiries by way of covering email with your CV to our Practice Manager, Donné at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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)