Registered Veterinary Nurse – Kent – Salary £24,000 – £36,000
Name: Vet Times Jobs - Veterinary Business Development
Address: Olympus House, Staniland Way, Peterborough, PE4 6NA
Job location: Kent | South East
Position: Full time
Closes in: 8 days (Thursday 30 March 2023)
No more Saturdays at work and the chance to become a superstar in anaesthesia and referral nursing
Are you an RVN with a passion to learn, who is looking for career progression? Then come and join our experienced team at Elham Valley Referrals, where you can develop your anaesthesia skills and knowledge in our dedicated referral ophthalmology clinic.
We are an independent practice situated near Canterbury in the beautiful Kent countryside, specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of ophthalmic conditions in animals. The clinic was opened in 2008 by lead vet Rebecca, who holds the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology. The practice uses cutting-edge equipment and facilities for the diagnosis, treatment and management of eye disease and are committed to preserving vision wherever possible and promoting the quality of life for each patient.
Whether you are newly qualified or a more experienced RVN, we will provide a supportive environment and encouragement as you develop. We provide extensive in-house training when you start with us as well as funding for any relevant CPD, in particular the Improve International Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia or similar, and all our nurses are members of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists, which is funded by the clinic.
Head nurse Debbie qualified in 1997 and has worked in a wide variety of referral and general practices before joining EVR in 2013, where she was able to pursue her interest in anaesthesia and gold standard patient care. Prior to joining EVR, Debbie worked as an assessor & IV for student veterinary nurses and has gained the RCVS Examiner qualification for the RVN practical exams and continues to focus on ways to improve the care we offer to our clients & patients.
The remainder of our clinical team consists of vet Natalia, who is a junior ophthalmologist working towards her certificate in small animal ophthalmology, RVNs Lisa and Holly and our full time ANAs, Vy and Jasmin, who allow the RVNs to provide invaluable support which allows our RVNs to concentrate on nursing the patients, providing the best quality of care and effectively liaising with clients. We also have a second junior ophthalmologist and another ANA due to start with us in January soon.
We have all singing, all dancing kit and monitoring equipment you would expect to find in a referral practice including multi-parameters, capnography and ventilator, which along with the use of a variety of anaesthesia techniques including muscle relaxants, enable us to perform the following ophthalmic procedures:
- Phacoemulsification cataract surgery with prosthetic intraocular lens placement
- Gonioscopy and tonometry
- Electroretinography, ocular ultrasound and investigation of blindness
- Intraocular microsurgery
- Corneal surgery including advanced corneal grafting procedures and collagen cross-linking techniques
- Laser surgery for tumours & glaucoma
- Corrective and reconstructive eyelid surgery
- Electrolysis and cryosurgery
- Clinical and genetic screening of dogs for inherited eye disease
Our opening hours are 8.30am to 6.00pm weekdays only, so there are no late nights and no routine weekend hours. We do have a 1:4 on-call rota for weekends only, which is equally shared within the team, but as this is for referred surgery cases only we are rarely called in. If you do have to attend the practice at the weekend, overtime is paid. If you are looking for a part time role, we would love to speak to you about the options available.
We are always up open to ideas for social events and recently enjoyed a Halloween party at Debbie’s house before getting into the festive spirit at our practice Christmas party, where even the practice dogs received presents as our receptionist Sonia made them Christmas bandanas.
Kent is well known for its stunning countryside and is often referred to as the Garden of England, but you’ll also find beautiful beaches here. Canterbury is both a cathedral and university city and has a vibrant social scene and culture. We're less than an hour from London by train and within easy reach of the M2 that will get you to the Port of Dover (20mins), Gatwick Airport (70mins) and Heathrow (90mins) providing super-fast links to Europe and further afield.
We are offering:
- A salary of £24,000 to £36,000, depending on experience
- Enhanced holiday allowance of 24 days plus bank holidays after 2 years’ employment
- Your birthday off
- No set CPD budget, all requests are considered, and advanced courses or certificates are supported and funded
- Professional fees for RCVS, Veterinary Defence Society and AVA paid for
- Relocation package of up to £1,000 available
- Enhanced sick pay
If you would like to discover more about the career development opportunities we can offer, call us now on 07708 8335572 for an informal chat or visit https://jobs.vettimes.co.uk/job/111204/registered-veterinary-nurse/?LinkSource=PremiumListing to apply now.
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