Registered Veterinary Nurse – Denny, Falkirk – Salary £25,000 – £28,000
Name: Vet Times Jobs - Veterinary Business Development
Address: Olympus House, Staniland Way, Peterborough, PE4 6NA
Job location: Cambridgeshire | Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling and Forth Valley
Position: Full time
Closes in: 26 days (Monday 17 April 2023)
Glenn and I became firm friends whilst studying at the Dick Vet and decided to set up Apex Vets from the ground up in 2010. We did this because we wanted a really great place to work to take us through to retirement, and we wanted to be able to treat and diagnose patients to the absolute best of our ability. We started with 1 in 2 on call, one RVN (the “Head Nurse”!) and two receptionists. The practice has organically grown since, and we now have a team of 30.
We are a determinedly independent practice, we focus on keeping our team happy, and we highly value everyone’s work life balance. We all enjoy our jobs and get home on time after a day’s work. The whole team has a patient first ethos, we enjoy pushing our already high clinical standards and don't work to any targets or KPIs, instead our target is healthy patients and happy clients.
The practice has recently expanded and invested in new equipment including a large dog ward, two surgical theatres, DR x-ray, and piped gas to name a few. Workflow has been at the heart of our intelligent practice design and the whole team put forward their ideas resulting in a premium working environment. We also continue to invest in high spec equipment to push our diagnostic capabilities and patient care forward.
We have extremely low staff turnover, and this post is reflective of our current waiting list of clients and desire to expand our clinical team. As a nurse training practice we believe in growing our own talented nurses and supporting your career progression. Chloe started with us as a student and is now our Head Nurse, leading our team of 7 highly skilled nurses and 5 animal care assistants. We fully support continued development, Fiona has an ISFM Feline Nursing certificate, and we currently have 2 RVNs Gemma and Margaret undertaking ECC certificates.
Job satisfaction is a huge priority of ours and we like our nurses to use their skills to their full potential. You will have regular nurse clinics, lead our anaesthetic inductions and maintenance, perform radiography, dental scale and polish, and undertake schedule 3 procedures.
Vets and nurses work a four-day week as work/life balance is a priority. Our Saturdays are mornings only (9am-noon) and there are only 9.5 Saturdays needed a year! Although we have our own OOHs, we have taken on 5 ACAs to fill our new nightshift role, providing in-patient care and being on hand to help the vets when needed. This means that as an RVN you will only be called in when your nursing skills are really required. We also offer an enhanced pay rate from the minute you leave your house until you return, plus a bonus of £40 for each call out. This change in structure has meant that our RVNs are normally only called in for the exciting cases, and on average this is only one call a month, amongst the whole nursing team. Our RVN on call rota is 1:8 and these include your normal Saturdays.
We have a very supportive vet and nurse team who are always available for case discussions and backup. We have monthly nurse meetings, along with clinical meetings for case discussions and we regularly provide in-house CPD. We have a forward-thinking attitude and are always looking for ways to develop and evolve. We would love you to get involved in the focus groups we have set up to look at key areas of practice development; our current focus groups are clinical standards, sustainability, arthritis, dental care and our digital journey.
We enjoy whole practice (and usually partners) team building events and have already planned this year’s Christmas celebrations – a night at the theatre in Edinburgh to see the Lion King! Last year we all enjoyed a team building event, spending a day at Blair Drummond Safari park (together with 6 young kids who came with various team members).
Each year since we opened, we have run a very successful community fun day and open day. We usually get 800-1000 people attending and always raise in excess of £1000 for charities handpicked by the team. The open day after party is renowned amongst the team and all the family and friends who help us on the day are welcomed for some food, the bar, and Doug being the DJ for the night.
The practice is in a Central Scotland location with Ochils nearby, yet with easy access to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
- 6 weeks holiday (including one week over the festive season)
- Salary range £25k - £28k
- Vitality Healthcare insurance which comes with many additional benefits including 50% off gym membership and mental wellbeing support, providing Talking Therapy sessions and free use of the Headspace mindfulness app
- Generous CPD, we will support you to certificate level if you wish
- Professional fees for RCVS, Veterinary Defence Society and one other paid
- Company pension with 4% matched employer contribution
- £40 bonus for each out of hours call out
- Cycle to work scheme
- Team building days
- Bi-annual development reviews
- Monthly nurse, clinical and full practice meetings
- Social events
- Annual pay reviews
If you would like to know more about our longstanding supportive team and our forward-thinking attitude, then please call us now for an informal chat or visit https://jobs.vettimes.co.uk/job/112272/registered-veterinary-nurse/?LinkSource=TopJob to apply now!
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