Veterinary Job

Fife - Dunfermline

Small Animal Vet Vets4Pets Dunfermline KY11 4LP, UK

Practice Type: Small Animal Practice
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time or Part Time
Posted on: 23 Oct 2019

Fun, friendly, hardworking team need a people orientated PT or FT

Job Description

Fun, friendly, hardworking team need a people orientated PT or FT vet with a similar outlook to join us in our purpose built small animal practice just outside Edinburgh.

Do you take great fulfilment from helping people by giving them all the support and advice they need to help them make the right decisions for their pets?

Do you enjoy the immense challenge of being a great GP vet?

Do you appreciate the complexities of people and get why a ‘difficult’ client might actually just be a worried pet owner?

Are you looking for a flexible rota that fits in with your lifestyle giving you enough time outside of work to keep you energised, passionate and excited about working with your patients, clients and team when you’re here?

And finally…can you hold up your hands when you make a mistake, take it on the chin, learn from it and share the experience to make you (and us) better at what you do?

About Us

We are a growing, friendly team located in a purpose built practice in Dunfermline within a 25 minute commute of Edinburgh (just over 15 miles from the city centre). We are over 5 years old, growing at a comfortable pace and believe in hiring for the future rather than panicking when we’re all far too busy - that’s where you come in. We want to be very clear about what the role is and what our work environment is like so there’s a fair bit of detail in the advert but we’re very happy to have an informal chat about the practice, our vision and for you to ask any key questions that could sway your decision or help to make things more clear.

We would also really appreciate it if you could be up front with us and tell us what makes you happy and what you expect from so that we can find out if we will enjoy working together. That way we can expand our facilities in line with specific interests of the people that work here, everyone will enjoy their job more and CPD won’t become a box ticking exercise. In terms of our current vet team we have a vet on a surgical certificate, a new graduate vet and another full time vet with an interest in Dentistry. Those interests are supported with new equipment such as iM3 digital dental radiography, surgical loupes and electrocautery but we also have digital X-ray, ultrasound, in house Idexx lasercyte, microscopy, blood pressure monitor, pulse ox, capnography and looking to add more as we grow. We have been looking at ultrasound upgrade and endoscopy but if you have a specific passion we would love to hear about it and talk about whether we could support you with it (if we can’t, we’ll tell you so we can both make the right decision as to whether we’d be a good fit).

Here’s a bit more about us and why you might want to join our team:

  • You want to build client relationships with 15 minute consults as minimum and 30 minute consults for 1st puppy and kittens vaccinations as well as more challenging presentations and euthanasia’s
  • You want a 15 minute slot blocked off on your diary after every 6-8 consults
  • You accept making mistakes then learning from them is part of improving
  • You want a break for lunch
  • You need a flexible rota so you can enjoy life outside of your job
  • You want full support with any complaint handing (they occasionally happen, we get that)
  • You want to work with digital radiography, iM3 dental radiography, ultrasonography, in house idexx biochemistry/haematology/electrolytes, microscopy, pulse oximetry, blood pressure monitoring, dentistry)
  • You love fixing rotten mouths and seeing those older animals that have ‘slowed down’ get their zest for life back once they’re out of pain
  • You appreciate amazing nurses and care assistants – you’ll have bloods ready to interpret in less than half an hour, catheters placed, pre-anaesthetic bloods taken and ready for interpretation, pre meds drawn up and IV fluids set up and ready for operations to start on time. You’ll also get support handling challenging patients in consults when you need it to reduce stress on you/the patient/the owner
  • You want a fantastic reception team booking your diary that understands the pressures on everyone in the team and manages the appointments accordingly. Unplanned consults aren’t just squeezed in unless you specifically agree or if they are a genuine emergency. If clients are too late for their appointment we offer a rescheduled appointment later in the day so there isn’t a domino effect making you run behind all day but it still means the patient gets seen
  • You are happy to help others in your team do their jobs to the best of their ability
  • You haven’t ever experienced a strictly controlled op’s list. (we book op’s on expected time to complete within a strict operations slot on the diary. Dental procedures are allocated a maximum time slot, longer procedures are split over two or more anaesthetics. Sounds simple but it’s rarely done and makes a huge difference.
  • You want allocated diary slots to allow time to do reports or update owners

And we want you to join us if you:

  • Are focussed on getting things done and seeing tasks through to completion
  • Are happy to share ideas you have on how to make things better for you, your team and your patients
  • Have something you love in veterinary medicine and want to rekindle that passion or develop it further
  • Are confident in your current skills, would like to develop more, and have a knack for building trusting relationships with your clients and colleagues
  • Are respectful, compassionate and empathetic towards yourself and others
  • Recognise that nobody is perfect and when things don’t go as planned it offers an opportunity to improve
  • Are confident with routine soft tissue surgeries
  • Are comfortable charging properly for your clinical expertise
  • Can extract teeth with mucogingival flaps or are keen to learn by going on CPD
  • Are extremely conscious of managing your time so that you don’t get overwhelmed
  • Have a curious and caring attitude towards people as you’ll be working with a few, plus animals don’t turn up to appointments on their own

    This job is probably not for you if you:

  • Love using techno speak to bamboozle your clients
  • Secretly wish you didn’t have to deal with people. Ever

Your package:

We can offer you a flexible 20-40 hours a week with 1:4 weekends but no out of hours work. Salary is negotiable as is the CPD budget – tell us what would secure you the position and if we can match it we will. All professional fees are paid as well as a company pension. There are 20 days holiday per annum, plus bank holidays, plus your birthday off too.

Still here and interested? Great, then we really would love to hear from you. Just send your CV and cover letter to telling us exactly why you are interested in our vacancy or if you would prefer to have an initial informal chat just call us on 01383 738 796 and we’ll be more than happy to talk things through.

Practice location KY11 4LP
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