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Derby - Alvaston

Small Animal Vet White Cross Vets, Alvaston London Rd, Alvaston, Derby DE24 8QP, UK

Practice Type: Small Animal Practice
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time or Part Time
Posted on: 5 Aug 2022

Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon required at White Cross Vets

Job Description

The Role

We are looking for a full-time or part-time Surgical Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon to join our team at White Cross Vets, Alvaston. An exciting opportunity for someone who wants to work with a great team has a passion for surgery and wants real input into the future of a practice.

A full-time candidate will carry out 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday and a share of weekend work. There is no out-of-hours required for this role however we are flexible here at Alvaston and would be happy to discuss alternative hours!

The salary for this role is up to £57,000 FTE depending on experience. 

About Us

We are a fun, supportive and progressive team who are on the lookout for a senior vet to join our team. Your main role would be to expand our surgical services and lead the surgical team. We are in an exciting and unique position where we have extra theatre ready to expand into and the space to expand further in time. 

We pride ourselves on our sensible diary, pre-arranged time for vet rounds and phone calls, regular meetings and dedicated time each month where we do activities to promote team wellness and mental health.

About the Team and Culture

We have a great team made up of 2 vets, 4 registered veterinary nurses, 2 student veterinary nurses and 4 client care consultants who all work together to provide a high standard of care in a friendly and supportive environment. We have all the usual equipment including 2 theatres alongside dedicated imaging and dental suites and 2 prep rooms. There’s also room to expand depending on your interests! 

Alvaston is a lovely, supportive practice that prides itself on trying to create the best working environment possible to ensure staff wellbeing, job satisfaction and team morale. Individual interests are encouraged and supported by the entire team. We love charity work and regularly run events and fundraising and have registered PAT dog assessors.

Staff Testimonials 

If you don’t believe us, take it from some previous team members!
“Whitecross Alvaston is a great place to work. The management team are forward-thinking and always looking for suggestions to make things better. I felt fully supported in the clinical decisions I made! Identifying areas, I wanted to improve and getting training to achieve this was also actively encouraged. The last appointment is well before close and a team that helps each other out means that it is uncommon to finish late. The team are the best part whether it’s by always being open to case discussion or just keeping us all entertained.” – (Abigail Hughes – Veterinary Surgeon)

“I enjoyed my time at Alvaston White Cross so much! The team pulled together well and the clinical leads were great. The cases were varied and interesting and there is good support for working them up. There are blocks for daytime team events also plenty of cake and baking are brought in and it's always delicious!” – (Amanda – Veterinary Nurse)

“I have worked a few shifts with the team at Whitecross on a locum basis. From the start, everyone has always been welcoming and helpful. There’s always someone happy to help if I wasn’t sure about a policy or where something was! I have found the diary to be well managed and the building, protocols and equipment to be of a high standard. If my circumstances were different, I would be happy to work here on a full-time basis!” – (Locum Veterinary Surgeon)

At Alvaston, we like to work hard and play hard, enjoy socializing outside of and regularly top with White Cross Vets FitBit leaderboard with our sporting achievements. We recently spent the day as a team at an adventure park which involved a disco bouncy castle, space hoppers, gladiator podium, superhero sumo wrestling, racing sausages and much more!
We’re also very keen on keeping up with our monthly well-being afternoons! We get up to all sorts including Tiktok sessions, temple spa, Easter egg hunts and the Veterinary Olympics.

Applicant Requirements 

The ideal candidate will be an RCVS registered Veterinary Surgeon with some experience, preferably in a similar small animal practice setting. Strong communication skills and the ability to work well in a team are essential. A passion to deliver great clinical quality, caring for pets as if they were your own and providing fantastic client service are the standards we strive for.

Because our employee's matter

We recognise that our people are fundamental to the success of our business. Investing in our people, premises and processes is at the heart of what we do. In addition to a competitive base salary, you will benefit from:

Work-life balance

  • 7 weeks annual leave including bank holidays
  • Increasing holiday allowance based on length of service
  • Your birthday as a paid day off


  • Private medical insurance
  • Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Initiatives focused on employee wellbeing
  • Non-accidental injury support


  • £1500 CPD allowance 
  • Certificate support 
  • Learning and development opportunities via the IVC Evidensia Academy
  • Access to Vetlexicon – our online encyclopaedia provider
  • All our Vets & Nurses can apply for research funding
  • All our Vets get £1000 per annum to spend via our Care Fund
  • Infection Prevention and Control Programme
  • Quality Improvement Programme

Professional Memberships

  • BVA membership
  • VDS cover
  • RCVS fees 


  • Pawsome Benefits – reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with 100’s of retailers
  • Pension – 5% Employee/3% Employer
  • Discounted staff pet care

As a BAME and LGBTQ+ inclusive employer, we are keen to hear from candidates from all minority and diverse groups. As a Disability Confident Employer, we are keen to hear from candidates with disabilities and long-term health conditions and would be happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments needed during the recruitment process.
If this position is of interest to you then please get in touch. Please quote BH6690 when you apply. 

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