Veterinary Nurse (Full Time, Permanent) – April / May 2018 onwards

Why do we need another nurse?

We are very happy that one of our nurses is pregnant, but sad that this means she will be away from us for the next 12 months or so! With a move to much larger premises planned in the next 6-9 months this is the ideal time to enlarge our team.

What is important to us?

We are looking for someone who has empathy with clients and their pets and a desire to use their nursing skills. The ability to communicate effectively with both clients and staff is vital.  We value teamwork and appreciate staff taking part in case discussion and contributing ideas to improve our practice. 

What we think you want – if it’s different then let us know!

4 day week – with your day off protected and the same each week so you can plan in advance. This suits most of our nurses perfectly, but we know that one size doesn’t fit all! We are happy to talk about part time or alternative shift patterns.

OOH covered by Vets Now, no bank holiday or Sunday work, no overnight / evening checks.

1 in 3 Saturday mornings (8am-1pm only, with last hour blocked out) alongside vet and 2 receptionists – rota given 1 year in advance!

Full hour for lunch, plus morning break. Green spaces / National Trust properties close at hand if you like to get out of the practice over lunch!

Appreciation and respect for what you do!

Support when needed.

Utilisation of your skills - our nurses are expected to nurse, not spend their time on reception or doing insurance claims.

Opportunity to use the knowledge that you have, and funding to gain knowledge in areas you find interesting with generous CPD budget and time – if you want to pursue an interest, talk to us about it! We have the space and capacity to cater for most interests, whether medicine, anaesthesia, schedule 3 proceedures, imaging, rehabilitation, or anything else you want to discuss.

The option to contribute to your surroundings and workspace – with an upcoming move into much larger premises planned for summer 2018 we are busy planning layouts, colours, furniture, equipment etc. – come and be in at the ground level making suggestions with us! We are even looking into exercise within the working week to start in our new premises – yoga, Pilates, aerobics and more (not compulsory) for those interested in improving mind and body!

Monthly clinical meetings (in normal working hours) to discuss procedures, developments, problems, CPD, clinical audit, new equipment, ideas and planning. Anything from reviewing premeds and intraoperative analgesia options, (recently adding in IV paracetamol as routine in our bitch spays) to refreshing our CPR skills and discussing new equipment we might like to purchase.

Continuous improvement system available to all staff to highlight any issues and suggest solutions

Independent practice owned by two of the vets working in it but who regularly undertake management CPD.

Fantastic, supportive and knowledgeable colleagues who enjoy coming to work and know how to work together.

A good salary commensurate with experience and skill set.

RVN / VDS fees and one professional membership paid

Staff discount scheme


How would one of our nurses describe us? Read on:

 "Blue House is a fantastic place to work - the environment is friendly, caring and patient driven. This ethos starts at the top with Kay and Neil (the bosses) and is carried on by all team members. I personally love the fact that I have bosses who actively encourage, support and genuinely care for me as an individual.

The nursing team work almost entirely in the surgical / medical wing, allowing us to exclusively nurse and utilise our taining and skill set. 

Taking bloods, placing IV cannulas, assisting with surgery and performing schedule 3 proceedures are all encouraged, as is CPD.

We are trusted to do the job we trained for, and the RVN / surgeon relationships are relaxed, fun and friendly, with open clinical discussions. Our opinion is valued and any good and actionable suggestions are implemented.

Blue House really is a great practice, and I certainly never have any intention of leaving!”    - Joel, Head Nurse


Practice overview

  • Independent (and planning on staying that way!)
  • Well respected single site practice
  • High levels of customer service expected and delivered (award winning reception team of 7)
  • Qualified, extremely competent Nursing Team
  • Approachable, down to earth vets who enjoy their job and practice a high standard of medicine
  • Visiting specialists in orthopaedics, soft tissue, cardiology
  • On site acupuncture service
  • Cat Friendly certified
  • Separate cat and dog wards
  • Dedicated euthanasia room


If this is interesting to you (and you got this far!) then feel free to pick up the phone and speak to one of us. Call 01782 522100 and speak to Kay or Neil. If you are ready to apply, send a CV and covering letter to


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