Opening for a Full Time Veterinary Surgeon
Experienced Veterinary Surgeon required to join our team of 3 vets, 4 RVNs and 2 reception staff. Aurora Veterinary Clinic is a single site, independent practice situated on the north edge of Aberdeen. Practice standards scheme accredited.
All our work involves the clients, patients and practice staff and we try to give equal consideration to each.
Clients - we try to be as client friendly as possible.
Courtesy and politeness go without saying.
We take time to engage with clients, provide them with information, offer options and support them in their decisions.
We also try to maintain continuity of care with the same vet seeing cases for rechecks where at all possible.
Patients - we do everything we can to minimise stress and anxiety.
We pay full attention to pain relief.
We manage our cases as outpatients wherever possible.
We work hard to make treatment choices as evidence based as possible and encourage preventive medicine.
Clinician – we minimise stresses and provide a good work life balance.
We optimise our working environment.
CPD is encouraged.
We avoid time pressure as much as possible.
Key to achieving most of these aspirations is time. When time is limited it is very hard to maintain standards and keep stress levels down. We have a lot of 15 minute and 20 minute appointments to try and make sure there is enough time to take a proper history, do a thorough clinical exam, discuss options with the clients and formulate an investigation or treatment plan.
Our ideal candidate will be:
- excellent at bonding with clients and will be skilled at finding out what the client wants, what their fears are and will support them through their engagement with the practice.
- will have a strong interest in working-up cases, gaining as much information as possible from the patient and client alike.
- will be comfortable with 'best guess' treatment programmes for clients who don't choose the full work-up option and see these as an opportunity to use and develop clinical skills.
- will be confident with all types of routine surgery.
- will be self-critical and continually strive to gain more knowledge and skills.
- will be easy going and able to work well with colleagues.
Out of Hours
We feel that it is of upmost importance that we cover our own ‘out of hours’ so that we can provide continuity of care for our cases. However, we are aware that no-one enjoys doing on call, so we work to minimise it by only doing the most urgent work out of hours. On a weekday nights it averages out at approximately 1 in 4 that the vet has to come into the practice to see a case. On weekends, we are open on Saturday mornings for consults and then the vet will likely have to come in 2 or 3 times over the rest of the weekend. For hospitalised cases, the nurses are very good at helping with out of hours checks.
Out of hours work is charged to the client at the normal practice rates for the work itself plus a surcharge for the call out and out of hours time element, which is paid directly to the vets and nurses doing the work.
The Basic Package
Full time Veterinary Surgeon.
Salary dependent on experience - out of hours paid separately.
Definite partnership prospects for the right candidate.
Accommodation and car not included.
1 in 4 rota.
28 days holiday allowance.
RCVS fees, Vet Defence insurance and CPD included.
If you feel this could be the right move for you, then please get in touch. You can come in to meet us and have a look round the practice.
Please contact Andrew Stalker at the surgery during opening hours on: 01224 716848 or in the evenings on: 07917 571502.
Alternatively email: email@example.com
Aurora Vet Clinic opened in February 2006 and is located in Bucksburn, Aberdeen. The practice is a purpose built facility, designed to provide comprehensive companion animal medical and surgical care.
Aurora vet clinic is dedicated to providing our own 24 hour first opinion emergency service where your pets can be seen out of hours by our vets at our practice in Bucksburn.
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