Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Merton animal hospital - South West LondonMaternity cover, approx. 9 months, full time (part time/job share will be considered)Blue Cross are one of the UK’s leading animal welfare organisations for animals. We support sick, injured and homeless pets and care for more than 40,000 animals every year through our rehoming, veterinary and education programmes.What is the role?Are you looking for the opportunity to work in a culture of active encouragement to pursue your interests and of non-blame, with managers who are visible and approachable, and a team that enjoys working together? Are you looking for a great work/life balance with support from an excellent, well-structured organisation?Blue Cross hospitals provide veterinary treatment for animals belonging to those people whose financial circumstances do not allow them to afford private veterinary fees. The range of work carried out is very similar to that in private practice, We pride ourselves on offering an excellent level of care to our patients and their owners. We offer a high-quality working environment with facilities including digital X-Ray, ultrasound, endoscopy, multiparameter anaesthetic monitors and infusion pumps. Many of our vets hold certificates or have special interests and are more than happy to share their knowledge and help you develop your clinical skills.Our hospitals see a high caseload of emergency and critical care cases, both surgical and medical, so good knowledge within those areas is essential. Improving efficiency and hospital performance is a key focus for us and our Senior Vet Team is instrumental in driving this.We are looking for a vet with a caring attitude to animals and owners who will be able to communicate well with colleagues and clients. Together with our Senior Vet Team you will be responsible for recruitment and effective line management of our team of vets, holding regular, supportive 1:1s and performance reviews. You will be supported by the Chief Veterinary Surgeon, with whom you will be working closely.As a team we hold regular clinical governance discussions. The Blue Cross has developed an award-winning set of clinical guidelines to assist our vets in pragmatic, evidence-based decision making, where patient welfare is a priority. High standards are important to us but so is the ability to discuss openly where lessons have been learnt, within a safe, non-judgmental environment. You will provide professional and clinical leadership to the team and guidance on best practice within our scope of service.We recognise that we work within a profession where compassion fatigue is a risk to us all. We have wellbeing champions and Mental Health First Aiders at all hospitals, co-ordinating a range of initiatives and promoting a culture of openness and support within the team.The role will be based at our Merton hospital on a shared OOH rota for evening and weekend shifts with time off in lieu. Night shifts are covered by our dedicated night team. In the event that one of these needs to be covered due to sickness or holiday then remuneration or time off in lieu is offered.Want to know more? Great! We have attached the job description which will provide you with more detailed information.What is required?We are looking for people with the following:• Veterinary Degree and Member of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons• Significant experience in small animal practice• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in EnglishIt would also be great if you had:• Previous experience in managing people and performance• Experience of veterinary practice administrationWhy work for Blue Cross?• 38 days annual leave (including bank holidays) (pro rata for part time)• Employee Assistance Programme• Holiday exchange & enhanced parental leave• Annual volunteer days• Huge range of discounts across high street stores, insurance services & moreTo read more about the benefits Blue Cross has to offer, please visit the 'why work for us' page on our website.To apply for this role, all candidates must complete the online application process.Salary: £43,424 - £66,510 plus £3,954 London Weighting Allowance per annum (pro rata for part time)Grade: 2.0Closing Date: 21st August 2022Interviews will be held the week beginning Aug 29th. We may offer earlier interviews depending on the application rate.We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response.At Blue Cross we are passionate about our commitment to diversity, inclusion and removing barriers, should you like to discuss any reasonable adjustments or changes to our recruitment process to support you to be your best then please get in touch. You can get in touch with us either via email at email@example.com, via telephone on 01993 825515 or if you would prefer a video call then we can arrange this using Microsoft Teams.Blue Cross holds inclusion as a core organisational value. We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified, experienced and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity. We actively embrace our differences and know that it is our differences that make us unique. You are very welcome at Blue Cross, without the need to hide any part of who you are.
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