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Somerset - Glastonbury

Small Animal Vet Orchard Vets Glastonbury BA6 9XE, UK

Practice Type: Mixed Practice
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time or Part Time
Pay Range: £ 36,000 - £ 50,000 per year GBP
Posted on: 5 Aug 2022

Negotiate hours, no OOHs, Independent practice with supportive team

Job Description


We’re looking for an experienced small animal vet (SA) to join our friendly team on the Somerset Levels. 

You will work alongside a team of 6 full time vets, 9 nurses and dedicated administrative/reception staff.

About us

Our clinical focus is on preventive health, aiming for high quality patient and client care.

We are lucky to be working in modern, spacious, purpose-built facilities which have two SA operating theatres, a separate dental theatre and x-ray facilities. Our practice is well equipped with up-to-date ultrasound, digital x-ray (DR system), dental x-ray, video endoscope and in-house laboratory.

We are an RCVS GP accredited practice as well as recognised cat and rabbit friendly.

We are incredibly proud to continue being an independent practice, and are actively and continuously developing our services and culture to meet common goals, both environmentally and socially. We, already source many of our consumables from sustainable supplies, promoting less environmentally toxic products and processes such as recycling and composting waste.

We are a nurse training practice and have great interest in individuals’ development in all departments.


We are located in famous Glastonbury, on the Somerset levels within an hour of the cities of Bristol and Bath.

The Role

Hours are negotiable however as a guide our full time vets work a 4 day week and generally Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm with an hour for lunch.  Weekend work would be based on rota system, working 9am to 1pm Saturdays and 10am to 1pm Sundays when the practice is open for consults.

There are no out of hours duties.

Your workload will by 100% small animal and will include a range of first opinion consultations, medical work-ups and surgery. Standard 20-minute appointments are made for all small animal medical cases (pre booked appointments only).

There is flexibility within the team to support and promote individual interests and ideas.  The desire to pursue CPD options and postgraduate qualifications are fully supported and funded.

Our team work brilliantly together to ensure everyone gets an hours’ lunch break and we plan dedicated periods for admin tasks such as case follow ups and reporting lab results.  Our working days are well structured so that we share the vet workload as fairly as possible, with good flexibility, to allow for emergencies and development.

Successful Candidate
Ideally you will have 2 or more years practice experience with a strong interest in first opinion general practice. We would however consider a new graduate and in which case you will receive structured mentoring.  We are a GDP registered practice with 2 mentors.

An interest in small animal preventative medicine and surgery is vital.

Excellent communication skills are essential, along with a desire to provide the highest quality of care.  

The Package

We offer a competitive salary up to £50,000 FTE per annum (pro rate), depending on experience which includes allowances for housing, vehicle and telephone.

Package Includes (in addition to salary):

  • Medical insurance (BUPA)
  • Permanent health/income protection insurance
  • RCVS subscription plus one other per annum
  • CPD allowance £1000 pa
  • 5 weeks holiday per annum, plus bank holidays (pro rata)
  • Pension
  • Generous staff discounts

Further information about practice

Although this vacancy is 100% small animal, we are a mixed practice with an approximate 30% workload for farm animals (no equine). We have modern herd analysis software, bull soundness equipment as well as a designated large animal operating theatre so if you also have interests in cattle or sheep the job can be altered to suit. Large animal work comprises mainly of dairy with a very pro-active farm client base. Routine fertility visits and preventative health comprising a large proportion of the farm workload, all within a compact catchment area.  

For further information or to apply, please contact; Alyson Gough (Practice manager) Email address - Orchard Vets, Wirrall park Road, Glastonbury, BA6 9XE. Tel: 01458 832972 –

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