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We're Recruiting September 2020

Newport in Pembrokeshire

We have successfully navigated the storm of Spring/Summer 2020 and are looking to the future.  Our future brings continuing development and growth, whilst keeping our teams and communities safe. 

So we are now in a position to offer some vacancies, in several of our small animal departments, which we have had on-hold through the lockdown period.

  • Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon (Full- or Part-time considered, minimum 1 year experience)
  • Small Animal Veterinary Nurse (Full-time, Qualified)
  • Receptionist (30 hours a week, Flexible)
  • Canine Hydrotherapist for Aquatic Treadmill (Flexible, Level 3 qualified minimum)

For a brief description of each role, and who to contact for further information, please read on.......  (Please note that for the Veterinary Surgeon, Vet Nurse and Hydrotherapist formal qualifications and professional memberships are pre-requisites).

Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon (Full- or Part-time considered, minimum 1 year experience)   Located in Pembrokeshire, surrounded by stunning beaches and countryside, we are a rural practice who prides ourselves on a first class small animal service, practising excellent medicine with great clients.  With the usual clinical equipment we enjoy working up our own cases and providing ongoing care. Our caseload is interesting and varied, with a bias towards dogs, but plenty of cats, some small furries and the occasional exotic or bird.  We do all of our own surgery including orthopaedics (including TTA), and have aquatic treadmill therapy for post-op rehabilitation and care of our ‘oldies’. We encourage and fund CPD and the development of clinical interests.  Certificate level study is encouraged. We cover our own out-of-hours, with a rota of 1:6 or 7 and offer a generous leave allowance (5 weeks plus 8 bank holiday equivalents) and a  4 ½ day working week.  We include RCVS, VDS and BVA membership in the package.

We are a friendly and experienced team of vets and colleagues who can provide support  whilst working in a busy practice, with encouragement and flexibility to find your clinical pathway.  Our vet and nursing teams span all ages and experiences, and we are very lucky to have several highly experienced members of the team, many of whom have been with us long-term.

If you would enjoy being part of our team and would like to know more, contact Caroline Gardner on

Small Animal Veterinary Nurse (Full-time, Qualified) We are passionate about training and development, and have nurses with BSAVA Merit Awards and working towards higher qualifications.  Being a distance from the nearest referral centre means we manage most of our own cases, from cardiology to orthopaedics, and medical work-ups, ensuring an exciting and varied array of cases.   Our RVNs and SVNs share all types of work between them, from anaesthetics, in-patient nursing, surgical nursing, consulting, lab work, weight management, rehabilitation and puppy socials.  We believe in allowing our team to develop their interests.  The role would be 37.5 hours weekly, with generous CPD and holiday allowances.  The hours vary through the week, with a mixture of early starts (8am), later finishes (7pm) and half days off.  Nurses do cover the OOH on rota, so would need to live within 20 minutes of our Haverfordwest surgery. We have a great mix of experienced and more recently qualified nurses.

The successful candidate would have an interest in a variety of nursing and would be able to nurse in-patients as well as surgical cases.  They would enjoy explaining and discussing patients with their owners, and support practice health schemes and preventative health.  They would enjoy working as part of a varied team, and supporting their colleagues.  A sense of humour and an enjoyment of all forms of snacks is preferable but not essential.  Enjoying the outdoors and preferring a rural way-of-life would help in settling into the area if relocating.

For further information contact .            

Receptionist (30 hours a week, Flexible)We have a great job opportunity for a Receptionist on a permanent contract. Working hours (on rota): Monday-Friday: 8am-7pm; Saturday: 8.30-1.30pm. Totaling 30 hrs per week.  You will work on a rota that includes 1 in 2 Saturday mornings and late evening finishes. The availability for 1 evening surgeries a week is essential.

The role will be based at our Haverfordwest surgery, where a team of 5-6 receptionists work daily. Once initial training is complete, you may be required to work from our Fishguard or St Davids surgery on occasion. (Mileage is paid for necessary travel between surgeries).

As a Receptionist, you will be expected to work alongside Veterinary Surgeons and Registered Veterinary Nurses to provide vital patient care for our small animal (pets) patients. The role is to support the Vets and Nurses in providing excellent patient, clinical and client care. Our Receptionists must be able to provide a caring and friendly professional service.

Essential skills include:
* A good level of numeracy
* Confidence in handling money
* Excellent communication skills
* People skills - both face-to-face and over the telephone
* Confidence with computers
* Being able to work under pressure
* Team work but confidence in working alone when required
* Professionalism and confidentiality
* The ability to empathise and sympathise with our clients

To find out more about the reception role contact

Canine Hydrotherapist for Aquatic Treadmill (Flexible, Level 3 qualified minimum)    

The Oak Vets Hydrotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre was established in 2018 and is based in our small animal veterinary practice in Fishguard.  As the only aquatic treadmill west of Swansea, we have a very busy patient list, and as we come out of lockdown we are looking to extend our services.  The current team of hydrotherapists include 1 vet, 1 qualified Veterinary Nurse and 1 stand-alone hydrotherapist, all with Level 3 Hydrotherapist qualifications.  

Our practice is committed to excellent patient and client care within a supportive, experienced team.  As a team we have an interest in mobility, rehabilitation, arthritis care and management of the senior pet.  We have 3 vets using acupuncture alongside multimodal pain relief, nurses trained and interested in rehabilitation (2 with BSAVA Merit Awards), and our veterinary team supports the use of hydrotherapy. We also use laser therapy, physiotherapy and massage techniques within the practice, as well as regenerative therapies such as stem cells and platelet-rich-plasma.  As well as our own patients, we receive referrals from several local practices, and post-spinal surgery from referral centres.  All cases are vet-assessed prior to starting therapy. 

The successful candidate would have an interest in a variety of rehabilitation cases and be experienced in hydrotherapy and the use of aquatic treadmill (we use a longer length Tudor treadmill, with tank feed). They would hold at least Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy, and have a track record in successful treatments and great client communication.  They would be enthusiastic, flexible and thorough, with good organisational skills and an ability to use our computer and payments systems (with training).  We work closely as a team, and case discussion and support is encouraged.  A sense of humour and an enjoyment of all forms of snacks is preferable but not essential.  If you enjoy the outdoors and a rural/coastal way-of-life the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire makes a fantastic and safe place to live.

Contact for further information.


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