Senior Clinician (Veterinary Surgeon) 7972

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Address: Wilberforce Way, Southwater, Horsham, RH13 9RS


We're the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and we've been here, looking out for animals, since 1824.

It's our vision to live in a world where all animals are respected and treated with compassion.

Every day, with the help of our people and our generous supporters, we take steps to achieve our mission. From rescuing a stranded deer to changing the law, we've already achieved so much and come so far.

Job Description

Job location: London | London

Role: Veterinary

Position: Part time

Closes in: 16 days (Wednesday 22 December 2021)

Job details:

Job title Senior Clinician (Veterinary Surgeon) - Part time 3 days/week

Location:  Finsbury Park Animal Hospital, London 

Salary:   Circa. £32,200 per annum (including 4% shift allowance and London weighting allowance - circa £53,700 FTE)

Hours:  Part time (21 hours) 


Closing date: 10:00 Wednesday 22nd December 2021

We have an exciting opportunity for a part time Senior Clinician to join the team at Finsbury Park Animal Hospital to assist in supervising the veterinary team and act as a surgical and clinical lead for the site.

Finsbury Park Animal Hospital provides frontline veterinary services for animals that are most in need. Our provision of high quality veterinary care within a non-commercial environment results in a rewarding veterinary role with a direct, positive impact on animal welfare. At the hospital you will care for a unique variety of animal welfare cases; predominantly cats, dogs and wildlife species.

As a Senior Clinician you’ll be jointly responsible for the day to day running of the clinical side of the hospital. You’ll play a key role in the coaching and mentoring of staff members, acting as the line manager for a proportion of the veterinary team. This is predominantly a clinical role, but with dedicated time for line management and senior leadership tasks, and is supported by the wider management team including Senior Clinician, Clinical Manager, Hospital Manager and Hospital Clinical Director.

This is a fantastic opportunity for those candidates looking for a role with responsibility and authority but desiring work-life balance for those extra-curricular activities! The position participates in the 1:8 out of hours rota with generous compensatory rest, including a full day off after a night on call and 3 days off in exchange for a weekend. Core working hours are 8am - 4pm meaning free evenings too. 

You'll be someone who can lead on the ground, take the team with you and think on your feet. Someone who strives to develop themselves and others around them and who celebrates the successes of the team as well as their own.

At the RSPCA we’ve been at the forefront of animal welfare since 1824 where we were founded in a London coffee shop and we’re proud to be the oldest welfare charity around. With our new strategy ‘Together for Animal Welfare’ we want to improve the lives of more animals in England, Wales, and internationally than ever before and without our dedicated staff and volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to achieve all that we do for animals.

If you’d like to join our team and make a real difference to animal welfare we would love to hear from you!

What you’ll be doing:

  • Acting as a clinical and surgical lead and enhancing patient care

  • Line management duties with dedicated desk time

  • Providing clinical guidance to Veterinary Surgeons, Veterinary Nurses and Hospital Manager on a varied and interesting case load

  • Oversight of daily, night and weekend rotas

  • Providing advice to centre staff, RSPCA Inspectors, Animal Rescue Officers and members of the public on a range of topics including welfare cases, shelter medicine and medical and surgical case management

  • Develop training programmes and deliver training to other members of staff including student teaching

  • Monitoring and auditing controlled drugs

  • Participating in public relations, media activities and fundraising at the hospital 

  • Coordinating welfare case animal treatment alongside branches, Inspectors and private vet clinics

  • Assisting in case animal work with our Inspectors, including attending court as a witness

  • Participation in clinical governance and quality improvement tasks such as significant event audits

  • Participation in the 1:8 out of hours rota with good compensatory rest

You’ll have:

  • Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

  • Broad range of surgical skills, both routine and emergency

  • Capable of advising team members in clinical situations 

  • Experience in basic orthopaedics is desirable

  • Ability to remain calm under pressure

  • Logical approach to clinical decision making

  • Ability to take leadership responsibility as and when required


What’s in it for you?


You’ll have an opportunity to work for the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales.  As a team we all enjoy working to a high welfare and clinical standard and a feeling that we are working for the benefit of our animal  patients first and foremost. 


We value and recognise our employees’ contribution and are proud to offer an extensive benefits package that includes:


  • 21 hours standard working week (FTE 35 hours) - some flexibility in days possible

  • 15 days annual leave (25 FTE) plus bank holidays

  • 5 days CPD (FTE)

  • £1000 CPD allowance (FTE)

  • Paid VDS and MRCVS registration fees 

  • A generous pension scheme with associated life assurance and group income protection scheme

  • Access to private healthcare scheme; 

  • Support for professional development after qualifying period 

  • Access to our employee assistance programme. 


Your base salary will include a 4% shift allowance, London Weighting allowance and additional standby and call-out payments when working out of hours.


How to apply: 


To apply, please send across your CV and short covering letter quoting reference SC7972 by the closing date 10:00 Wednesday 22nd December 2021.


Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to close the advert early once sufficient submissions are received.

All online information and documents are available in alternative formats, including Braille and large font, upon request from the Resourcing team.

We strongly believe in being an innovative, diverse, and inclusive organisation and recognise that diversity in all of our people will help achieve that purpose and our mission more effectively. We strongly encourage and seek applications from a wide diversity of candidates and in particular welcome applications from minority ethnic, black, and candidates with disabilities, who are currently under-represented at the RSPCA.


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