Experienced Small Animal Vet (Independent, No Corporate Feel)

Location Greater London
Discipline: Small Animal Vet, Veterinary Surgeons
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £40,000-60,000 + On Call + Accommodation available if Required
Contact name: Sophie Gould

Contact email: sophie@lloydandcowan.com
Job ref: SGTNEN
Published: 7 months ago
  • ​Accommodation available on Request

  • Additional On Call money

We are working with a long standing independent small animal practice in Greater West London. The ethos is very much; “Modern Healthcare, Traditional Values”. They offer the highest level of patient care combined with good, old-fashioned customer care.

The main surgery is in High Wycombe and there are three satellite branches. They are also in the process of building a brand-new hospital which is due to open in 2023. Th team is currently made up of twelve vets (ten full time and two part time) , eight RVNs, and four trainee nurses (various stages of training).

They have experience of employing, supporting, mentoring and retaining new graduates. And they pride themselves on their fun and supportive environment with a wealth of experience to draw on. No sole charge work is required until confidence is adequate - however, ideally for this role they would like an experienced veterinary surgeon.

The practice has demonstrated their commitment to and experience of supporting certificates. Currently, one vet has completed their RCVS certificate last year, one vet has finished their ESVPS surgery certificate and is part way through completing the CertAVP and another is part way through a ESVPS cardiology certificate. The large and diverse caseload they have in the busy practice is ideal for certificate study. Any particular interests of vets are actively encouraged and supported.

  • Twelve vet small animal practice.

  • Traditional partnership with three partners.

  • Four day working week. No out-of-hours except in-patient care.

  • RxWorks computer system with live link to branches

  • Five consulting rooms at main branch

  • 2 ‘clean’ operating theatres

    • Prep area with tub table and scrub sink.

    • Further ‘dirty’/ dental tub table

    • Digital main x-ray plus separate dental x-ray facilities.

    • New colour doppler ultrasound machine

    • Endoscopy: Rigid, flexible bronchoscope, flexible gastroscope

    • Isoflo anaesthesia

    • Full ASIF orthopaedic kit, securos locking plate system, traumadrive drill set.

    • Dental room tub table, dental unit with high speed drill, fibre optic light, scaler and polisher. Dental x-rayas above. Equipment relating to restorative dentistry.

    • Diathermy

    • Laboratory – Idexx: Procyte, Catalyst, SnapShot, microscope etc. Same day courier service for any external samples for Idexx.

    • Shoreline kennelling plus two walk-in kennels

    • Isolation unit with shoreline kennels plus further walk-in

Supportive team of

  • 12 nurses

  • 16 receptionists

  • One practice manager



One whole weekday off every week (the same day every week).

One early finish every week – on the day before your day off

·         One weeknight on duty every other week (Mon-Thurs)

In every eight weeks (on current staffing levels) OOH shared

 Consulting starts at 8am and the last consults are booked at 6.30pm.

Consultations are 15 minutes.

The day is broken into consulting slots typically lasting 1-2 hours.

They try to ensure that everyone is timetabled to operate for 2 mornings every week, either 1000-1500 or 0800-1400



  • Salary is competitive London rates DOE

  • 5 weeks annual holiday plus bank holidays - happy that longer holidays can be taken provided that this is taken as unpaid leave.

  • Working Bank Holidays in rotation and have time off in lieu.

  • 5 days CPD annually. A token budget of £2000 is included in the contract but is generally exceeded.

  •  Accommodation - Available on request if available.

  • They pay to the vet on call £80 for each weeknight duty and £250 for each weekend. Their vets generally expect to receive approximately £3000-6000pa from this in addition to their generous basic salary.

  • The practice pays for VDS and RCVS membership.

If you are an experienced small animal Veterinary Surgeon looking to join a great Independent Practice in Greater London - Get in Touch with Sophie Today!

For a confidential discussion about our opportunities call Sophie on 07519119233 or email a CV to sophie@lloydandcowan.com

If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us on 028 8744 0649.

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