Veterinary Job

London - Church End & Roundwood

Small Animal Vet Roundwood Vets Church Ln, Church End & Roundwood, London NW10 9NP, UK

Practice Type: Small Animal Practice
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time
Min Offered: £ 40,000 per year GBP
Funded CPD Discount for own pets Medical Insurance
Posted on: 29 Jan 2019

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Job Description

Friendly, slightly (but proudly) weird practice in NW London seeking vet to join us on our adventure.

Do you still like being a GP vet, but are now looking for a position where you can show up and be your best for a day, then get back to whatever else has your attention for now (like children or another part of your career?)

Do you like people (including clients), curing rotten mouths and helping crusty, old grey-muzzled pets? - We do other things, but these things matter a lot to us. So we know it’s a lot to ask, but hey… we’re not looking for ten vets, just one perfect person to fit our brand of crazy.

Are you a good storyteller who can engage and enthral clients with your tales of veterinary heroism?

Are you able to add value to a team beyond your clinical skills and help those around you to have a great day and get better at what they do?

Are you just sick and tired of crappy treatment and want to be somewhere where you are valued, listened to and the leaders care as much as the team?

If so, then read on, we may have the role for you.

About Roundwood Vets

We took over a single vet, slightly broken practice, three years ago. In that time, we’ve seen it quadruple in caseload, completely transformed our client base and purchased all the equipment you’d expect in a modern vet hospital, plus we’ve renovated the building to bring some colour and spark some joy in our work place each day. 

That's not why you should work here though, because lot's of people talk about their stuff like it's the most important thing. And we know it's not. We know you are. You see we've grown by focussing on looking after clients, each other and pets. We’re a tight unit who work to a high standard, but we’re not at all intimidating. In fact, looking from the outside in, we probably look a little dorky.

When I say probably, I mean definitely! And we're OK with that because we've worked out a way of doing veterinary medicine that seems to work well.  Now, we have an opportunity to take on a new team member with experience to work alongside Dr Hannah the team leader. (Dr Hannah’s a young, awesome female leader who is doing great things, she’ll hate me for writing this, but she’s a rare find.

Anyway, back to you! We’re looking for a vet with at least two years experience (the more the better), who loves people and pets. Someone who is past the stage of needing their handheld for the basics. 

We need someone with charisma, who builds trusting relationships with ease. Someone who can help clients understand what the right thing to do is, by telling great stories. Someone who likes to learn and help others to grow too.

We do have clear guidelines and expectations about how you work, but we’re not looking for someone who will work themselves into the ground, you should know how to look after yourself first and foremost because if you break, no-one wins.

We’re trying to change the mould for veterinary medicine by creating a great working environment where we care about each other as much as we care about pets and clients. Profit matters, but it’s not the most important thing to us. Our people come first, then pets, then clients - if we get this stuff right, then we know that money will look after itself.

So what can you expect from us?

Well firstly, you can expect great training. We work to a high standard. So, for example, to perform our anaesthetics, we use the best drugs and everything gets fluids. We use anaesthetic monitors, we use safe heating blankets, we train, we record incidents and we review our practice and process in a no-blame way. So it’s the safest it can be for our patients. 

With our dentals (we do a lot of these - so if you hate dentistry then don’t work here), we take radiographs and photos of everything. We use the best, well-maintained equipment. We have access to brilliant online training materials. We practice our skills on cadavers.

This is the way we try to approach our work, and we’re a long way from getting it perfect every day. But we try, and a lot of days we get close. Which makes us happy, because safe happy, healthy pets are why we get out of bed.

You can also expect a friendly, welcoming and open culture from top to bottom. Ego isn’t a welcome guest here. We want humble team-mates. But that doesn’t mean meek, our team are great fun and have a good laugh. None of us is the finished article, we’re all learning, growing and moving forward. And we want to work with people who push us to get better, who call us out with compassion and kind intent when we might be wrong, and gently steer us back in the right direction.

Again, do we get this right each day? Of course not, but when we get it wrong we are smart enough to say sorry and fix any issues fast. Because team harmony matters.

You can expect support. In the form of coaching and mentoring. We’re part-owned by one of the world’s foremost coaches and educators in veterinary leadership and growth. So one to one training (if you want it) with Dr Dave Nicol is part of the deal. You’ll also benefit from a complimentary place in VetX:Thrive a global training and mentoring community that will show you how to have a great career in veterinary medicine full of purpose and passion.

And you can expect a fair wage. We’re a small practice, but we want to pay our people fairly. So we have a package that includes pet care, salary and perk box access. As a permanent member of the team, you’ll have access to these benefits.

What we want from you…

We are looking first and foremost for someone who “gets” what we are trying to achieve and can fit out team culture and values. On application, we’ll send you our values and behaviours statements so you have clarity on what you are getting into!

You’ll have a great way of making clients feel confident in your abilities. You’ll also have confidence in your own abilities and this translates into actually getting the clients to take the action their pet needs more often than not.

You’ll be able to perform dentals, routine soft tissue operations and medical workups. You’ll be able to use imaging like X-rays and ultrasound (we can train you in this if you like so don’t worry if this is not a skill you have) to help you make good clinical decisions.

You’ll be the type of vet who is OK with working with and helping to advance our standards of care. (Not all vets like this, which is fine, but we like to have some basic guidelines to work with to improve patient outcomes and client consistency.)

You’ll be a person who can manage time, priorities and gets the work done each day.

There are a few other things we’d like you to feel good about:

•    "us" - your vet tribe.

•    Your clients - if you can do clients then you can do vet med. If you can't then you are in trouble.

•    Your patients (obvs).

•    You.

•    Really, YOU in quite a big way.

•    Money and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it. It'll never come first, but it is there and we all need to work on this.

•    We want you to be willing to learn and grow.

•    We want you to help others in the team learn and grow.

•    We want you to be willing to be amazing.

•    We want you to leave your ego at the door.

•    We want to laugh and cry with you at the shit we have to deal with.

•    We want to be able to have a beer (or wine/soft drink of your choice) with you after work.

•    We want you to understand that the owners of this practice care very deeply about helping you get where you want to go and helping you become what you can be.

•    We want you to accept that you are not perfect, that none of us is and that's OK. Failure is OK as long as you learn.

•    We want you to be happy.

If you can do that, we'd be very, very proud to call you a teammate.

(And if you can be that, or be willing to work towards it.... could you also never leave?)

The role

OK, so thanks for reading all the way down. We'd better talk about this role then.

We need a part-time vet for one 8-hour shift each week on a Monday, plus a Saturday morning (9am-1pm) every third weekend.

You’ll be consulting, performing dentals, work-ups and medical/surgical treatments.

There is no on call or after hours.

If after reading all of this you might be interested, then please send your CV and a short cover letter introducing yourself and telling us a bit about what makes you passionate to be a vet to for reading. :)

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