New Graduate Veterinary Surgeon for 2022 – Woodcroft Veterinary Group.
We are a group of 7 branches based in the Stockport area of Cheshire, under the VetPartners umbrella. Alongside our 6 first opinion branches, we also have our own recently opened hospital, housing our multi-disciplinary referral team and 24-hour A&E. We strive for gold standard care and have a high number of insured clients, so are usually able to work up cases to a high level. We are close to the Peak District, motorway networks, and Manchester Airport.
We are looking for a full-time New Graduate Veterinary Surgeon to join us for 2022. We have a developed a strong tradition of “growing our own” Vets over recent years. With the help and support of the VetPartners New Graduate Scheme to back us up, we feel confident that we are a supportive place to work with established practices in place to ensure that the transition to general practice after graduation runs as smoothly as possible. Each graduate is assigned an in-house mentor to work alongside, and this year the mentors will be undergoing the newly created RCVS Vet GDP training. You will also be enrolled onto the VetPartners New Graduate Scheme, where you will be assigned to a group of your peers nationwide for regular CPD sessions that we will give you time off rota to attend.
After the initial induction, we try to give our new Vets a day or two to shadow an experienced Vet before going alone in the consult room with extended consult times (30 minutes, dropping to our standard 15 minutes only when you are ready). We usually find you’re desperate to get stuck in by this point! We acknowledge that everyone’s prior experience is different, so operating time is scheduled to be alongside another vet until you feel confident to work more independently.
We are lucky not to have to be “on-call” at Woodcroft, as we have our own 24-hour clinic with a dedicated, experienced hospital and night team, including several certificate holders and a team of experienced nurses. We feel it’s important that new graduates get exposure to emergency work, but with the reassurance of back-up and teaching, hence, once you’ve had time to settle in, you’ll be given some evening shifts (5-11pm) in the hospital to help you get up to speed.
We aim to give you a mix of time within your dedicated branch practice and the hospital, so you can gain the relevant experience whilst being able to maintain your case continuity within the first opinion setting.
Once you’ve had a chance to find your way around, we’ll add you to the weekend rota working 1 in 4 Saturday and Sundays in the hospital 5-11pm, followed by a Monday and Tuesday off in lieu, meaning the average working week is 5 days.
The starting salary for this position is £32,000. RCVS membership and one other professional body (e.g. BSAVA) paid for. You will be eligible for our auto-enrolment pension and Health Shield scheme. CPD is provided, as per the VetPartners New Graduate Scheme, and this will form your CPD allowance for the 2 years of the scheme.
To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to Emma Farrelly through the ‘Apply Now’ link above, or fill out the Application Form below.