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Stafford - Eccleshall

Lead Veterinary Surgeon Shires Vets Stone Rd, Eccleshall, Stafford ST21 6DL, UK

Practice Type: Small Animal Practice
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time or Part Time
RCVS Fees Funded CPD Discount for own pets Enhanced Paid Sick Leave Pension
Posted on: 5 Apr 2024

Flexible role with a fantastic team

Job Description

Job Title: Lead Veterinary Surgeon

Salary: Up to £70,000 (D.O.E.) relocation package available

Location: Shires Vets, Staffordshire

Job Type: Permanent

Hours: 40 hours over 4 days, equal share of Saturday rota (1 in 5 to 1 in 6 with lieu time the following week) No Sundays or OOH.

Looking for that next step in your career? Are you ready to develop into a leadership role?

We have a great opportunity for a Lead Veterinary Surgeon to lead and further develop our fantastic team at Shires Vets, Stone in Staffordshire.

Your role and responsibilities

This is an amazing opportunity for vet wanting to do great clinical work, but also take a leadership role within an experienced team.  You will be well supported by our CD, PM, client care team, nursing leadership team and our current Stone lead vet, so would suit someone with desire to develop their leadership skills but who may need the support.

You will have excellent clinical, communication, teamwork, and mentoring skills, experience in quality improvement involvement and this is an opportunity to have say, raise ideas, work through problems, to help ensure financial success and the happiness of our teams. We are looking for a Lead Vet who can build long-term relations with our clients and their pets to offer the best care to fit with clients and animal’s needs. You will set exemplary standards of care and help ensure consistency in client and patient care.

You will have problem solving abilities, experience in leadership within a practice team, ability to understand and interpret financial performance. There is opportunity for us to help support your development in non-clinical, leadership and business skills if you are someone with drive to develop into leadership role but has less experience currently. You will be a team player who enjoys primary care, developing their knowledge and skills, with benefits of being within larger multibranch team with vets and nurses with different interests.

Our team are what makes Shires Vets so great, here’s what some of the team had to say when we asked them why they love being part of Shires Vets.

“I feel appreciated, supported and encouraged plus we have the most amazing team”

“Friendly, helpful team. Good CPD opportunities, cat friendly and well-equipped clinics”

“I think the fact I went from part time to full time after 4 months, says a lot about working at Shires”


  • 5 working weeks holiday + bank holidays + Birthday Leave
  • RCVS and VDS fees paid
  • External CPD funded
  • Extensive free online Linnaeus CPD programmes
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Staff discount schemes
  • Enhanced sickness pay
  • Enhanced equal family leave
  • Recruitment referral reward scheme
  • Wellness program including:
    • Employee assistance programme
    • Eyecare voucher scheme
    • Free annual flu jab
    • Cycle-to-work scheme

About us

Shires Vets was established over 70 years ago and we are a mixed animal practice serving Staffordshire and the surrounding counties in the Midlands, with sites in Eccleshall, Gnosall, Stoke on Trent, Stone, and Stafford. Our small animal, large animal and equine departments run separately from each other, and we have designated teams at each of our practices. All of our practices are individuals, but two important things bring us together; a commitment to excellence in everything we do.

Our largest site is our Stone practice which is a busy, purpose-built practice offering a varied and exciting caseload. The practice is well equipped with Laparoscopy, ultrasound, flexible endoscopy, ophthalmic surgical microscope, dental x-ray, in house lab and much more. Our Stafford and Eccleshall practices were also refurbished in 2018/2019 offering light and spacious working environments with ultrasound, digital x-ray, operating theatres, lab machines and separate dog/cat wards.

We have great facilities and an established team including several certificate holders within the practice (2 x medicine, 1 x surgical, 2 x ophthalmology, with a further 3 Vets studying towards feline medicine and surgery certificates) and experienced vets established at Shires for many years. Certificate study and/or certificate holders welcomed.

The Shires team members are all animal owners and take pride in providing a caring, compassionate, and friendly service to all our clients and their precious pets. The team have high clinical standards, and everyone is striving for clinical excellence. We all support each other and often discuss clinical cases. Our Vet teams are supported by experienced and dedicated Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVN) and a wonderful front of house team.

At Linnaeus, we are committed to supporting the physical and mental health of all our Associates. We have an amazing team of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) across our practices and central support office in addition to a confidential Employee Assistance Programme which is available for everyone.

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