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Small Animal Vet Pool House Equine Clinic Lichfield WS13 8RD, UK

Practice Type: Equine Practice
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time
Posted on: 5 Aug 2022

Veterinary Surgeon required at Pool House Equine Clinic

Job Description

The Role

Here at Pool House Vets, we have a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic Vet to join our busy Ambulatory Practice. Following the relocation of one of our long-term employees, we need a vet who is anxious to develop the skills needed in ambulatory practice and relishes the challenge of overseeing their own cases. Our ambulatory vets are supported by a large team of specialists, residents, and interns at our clinic, whilst having a wide range of equine clientele from leading show jumpers to child’s first pony.

This role is 100% EQUINE, based primarily in our ambulatory practice, we are happy to offer a competitive salary for this role of up to £50,000 depending on experience.

In addition to the normal work of a Veterinary Surgeon you will participate in an Out of Hours Rota – which will involve:

  • Fourteen weekends per year of which: Approx. ten are full weekends (Sat and Sunday) and two are half weekends (Saturday with a second call duty on Sunday), two reserved weekends (which may not be required).
  • You will be entitled to a day off in lieu of each weekend worked on ‘first call’ i.e., Sunday to be taken usually on the following Friday (except where special circumstances prevail). A further day off in lieu for each ‘second call’ weekend (may be added together to create whole days off) to be taken on a mutually agreed day.
  • Night duties Mon – Thursday in the week following a duty first call weekend – finishing at 9 am and starting at 4.30 pm. You will not be required to work during the daytime hours of the practice whilst you are on ‘night duty’.
  • It may be expected that one village show or similar event per year will be covered, in exchange for time off or the associated fee.
  • Usually, 1 cover duty per week when not on night duty. (This will vary during holiday periods). Cover duties are from 5.00 pm – 7.30 pm.

About Us

Pool House Equine Clinic is in Lichfield only a short drive from the Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District National Park. With easy access to the motorway network, two mainline railway stations and Birmingham International Airport, Lichfield is almost literally the center of England.

Our Equine Clinic is composed of two GA operating theatres and two standing theatres, a large preparation area including 3 x DR digital X-ray processing, two examination/radiography rooms and four sets of stocks. There is stabling for up to 34 horses and all classes of the horse are cared for. We have a Hallmarq MRI system. Other equipment includes mobile X-Ray machines, multiple ultrasound machines, laser surgery, arthroscopy, laparoscope, shock wave machines, 3m digital gastroscope and two 1.4m fibreoptic endoscopes. We have an in-house laboratory covering an extensive range of tests, along with excellent RVN support.

The equine veterinary team consists of 21 full-time vets, of which are six residents and five interns. We have two European Diplomats in Equine Surgery. One European Diplomat in Equine Dentistry and one part-time European Diplomat in Equine Internal Medicine. There are five other RCVS certificate holders.

About the Team and Culture

The practice is an Associate teaching Practice of the University of Nottingham giving access to university specialists in addition to our own team of ECVS diplomats. On our staff, we have two specialists in equine surgery and one in dentistry. We have residents in sports medicine, surgery, dentistry, and internal medicine. We have embedded University of Nottingham specialists in equine medicine, and all our clinical directors hold RCVS certificates in equine practice and other relevant disciplines. The practice has been established in the local community for more than 150 years and has many connections to community activities including the annual Sheriffs ride and many local equestrian events. We have won the Lichfield Cathedral best Christmas Tree competition every year for the last 7 years (except in 2020 when it was cancelled due to Covid). We provide speakers for school events and sponsor community activities. We are a 'green' practice with our own solar farm and use air source heat pumps for our energy, and we are gradually switching to electric vehicles.

Applicant Requirements

The job would be ideal for someone looking to develop good client relationships and with basic skills that we can build on to make themself a self-sufficient and confident equine veterinary surgeon. Must be registered with the RCVS. We are used to helping European vets work in the UK environment and in integrating them into our multi-cultural team of vets.

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

  • 6 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


  • £1000 CPD allowance with 200 hours paid pro-rata
  • 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


  • 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 BH6465 when you apply. 

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