Veterinary Job

Bridgend County Borough - Bridgend

Small Animal Vet Maes Glas Vets Bridgend CF31, UK

Practice Type: Small Animal Practice
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time
RCVS Fees Assoc. Subs Funded CPD Discount for own pets Accommodation Pension
Posted on: 21 Aug 2019

Sun, sea, sand, support and success.

Job Description

Full Time Veterinary Surgeon Required

Excited about investigating interesting clinical cases? What about working in a modern, hospital environment with a skilled and enthusiastic team? We are looking for an additional full time small animal vet for our large, fully equipped and expanding practice in sunny South Wales, only 45 minutes from the Severn bridge and convenient for the Gower, Brecon Beacons and the bright lights of Cardiff and Swansea. There’s a reason why the Welsh return to Wales, the scenery is stunning, the people are lovely and the social scene is great.

We recently renovated our hospital premises in Bridgend and are committed to excellent clinical care and extremely high standards. Over half of our 20 vet team have been with the practice since graduating (several for over 10 years) and we have an excellent staff retention rate. Applicants are very welcome to chat to one of our assistants, either at interview, or in advance if preferred. We have silver level cat friendly status from the ISFM and have been awarded “outstanding” in 5 separate RCVS awards.

Our hospital premises are fully equipped with diagnostic and surgical equipment, with our branches running their own diagnostic investigations and internally referring cases which require hospitalisation. Many staff havetheir own areas of interest, some are doing or have completed certificates and there is a wealth of experience available within the practice for internal second opinions. We are used to supporting our junior colleagues as they take they first steps down the exciting path which is a career in veterinary practice.

We are looking for someone to start before the end of 2019 and request applications are submitted by 16thSeptember 2019. We are happy to consider both experienced vets and new graduates. No agency applications please. RCVS fees and one additional veterinary subscription paid, salary commensurate with experience. Accommodation available if required. 

For new graduates:

We support and follow PDP guidelines and will arrange a veterinary surgeon to assist you with you PDP requirements. All staff who have started their careers at Maes Glas have commented on the supportive atmosphere and ready availability of assistance. We initially start your postgraduate training at our hospital branch and recognise that although you graduate with your day one competencies, it takes time to develop confidence in your abilities. We structure your learning to include developing diagnostic and surgical skills.

With our surgical caseload we are able to ensure that you can scrub in as a surgical assistant on procedures prior to performing them under supervision. Once your confidence and competence has developed you can fly solo with the reassurance of assistance at any time required. By the end of your second year, we anticipate that you will be confident with performing a large variety of soft tissue procedures including but not limited to routine neuters, cystotomies, enteric surgery, enucleations, periocular surgeries and amputations. We would also expect that you will have developed confidence in interacting with clients, interpreting clinical pathology, formulating medical plans and utilising our diagnostic equipment.

The job will involve a mix of consulting, medical investigations, surgical caseload and branch work. Veterinary surgeons currently have one weekday off per week and work a 1:12 out of hours rota with two part weekendsand 2 Saturday mornings per 12 week rotation. 

We understand that taking a job which requires working on an out of hours rota can be a daunting proposition but our excellent nursing staff will help you get settled in and you will find that working out of hours will quickly become routine. You will see cases out of hours which rarely come in during normal working hours and we find that veterinary surgeons who work OOH develop confidence and skills far more quickly than those that haven’t and enjoy their exposure to interesting cases. For added reassurance, there is an experienced veterinary surgeon on second call at all times for advice and aid. We are committed to providing out of hours cover within our own premises. We strongly believe that it is not in the best interests of either patient or client to be transported to and from an emergency hospital on a daily basis and we take pride in providing our own care with 24 hour nursing at our Bridgend branch. 

With a variety of younger veterinary and nursing staff, there is plenty of peer support and social events are frequently arranged with practice outings arranged periodically. The practice is also able to arrange accommodation for you, removing the hassle involved in trying to find somewhere to rent or buy. Please apply by email or post with your CV and a covering letter to Sarah Head at



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