Registered Veterinary Nurse – Maes Glas Vets – Bridgend, South Wales
Calling all RVNs! Are you fed up of scrolling through masses of job adverts out there that seem to have used the exact same, boring old template for making a job advert? Are you wanting to develop your skills, work to your full potential, and perform schedule 3 tasks in a safe and supportive environment? If so, then please read on.
My name is Katie Jones, and I am one of the senior nurses here at Maes Glas Vets in beautiful South Wales (yes, I may be a little biased with me being Welsh!). I have been looking through job adverts out there in the hope of gaining some motivation, only to feel that they all seem to follow the same standard template. The adverts themselves look to have been written by a robot! In the hope of inspiration, I have written this advert to include all the details that I would want to know when applying for a job, using my knowledge of being at Maes Glas for over 13 years.
We are a diverse, social, and enthusiastic team of nurses, vets, and support employees (including the practice cat, Basil). We have surfers, hikers, tarot card readers, rugby players, house plant enthusiasts, and Dungeon and Dragons players, to name but a few. We even have a few dancers who, bless them, tried very hard to teach the likes of myself and other colleagues the Jerusalema dance, which we carried out to mark the first anniversary of the covid pandemic (check it out on Facebook if you fancy a laugh or want to put a smile on your face).
Many of us come from different walks of life, but it is this diversity that makes working at Maes Glas such a pleasure.
Our team is made up of 24 RVNs, and a team of SVNs and ACAs. We all have different areas of interest, and at Maes Glas we encourage our RVNs to do as much as possible, and you will be heavily involved in a huge variety of medical and surgical cases.
The Practice and Ethos
Alongside our main hospital in Bridgend, we have five branches across South Wales. We remain committed to excellent clinical care and extremely high standards, with a silver level cat friendly status from the ISFM and five separate “outstanding” RCVS awards.
Bridgend is a large town nestled between the bright lights of Cardiff to the East and Swansea to the West, the rugged Brecon Beacons to the North and the award-winning beaches to the South. This area offers an abundance for you to do in your downtime away from work.
We at Maes Glas pride ourselves on being a friendly and supportive team of incredible people, working out of a purpose-built hospital with all the mod-cons, for a company that imposes no commercial targets on any of our employees.
You and The Role
- Team player. You will constantly hear of people referring to their colleagues in the veterinary profession as family, and that may sound cliché, but it’s true.
- The ability and need to be able to work independently.
- We do not use our nurses as receptionists.
- Be a proactive individual.
- Must hold a UK driving licence as some branch work may be necessary.
All that we ask of our team is that they come to work and leave each day knowing that they have done their absolute best.
There is a weekly rota that will give you amble opportunity to spend time in wards, laboratory, dispensary, theatre, on nurse consults, etc.
You will be on a 4.5-day week (second year students, 4 day week plus a paid college day), and the weekend rota involves only 4 weekend days in 14 weeks, with time back in lieu.
You may want to consider taking part in our night rota, which involves 7 nights with the following 4 days off for recovery. You would be in charge of the inpatients overnight alongside the duty vet (also on site), as well as any emergency cases that are admitted overnight. You will also have an auxiliary nurse to support you until 10pm.
- Holidays are 6 weeks, inclusive of Bank Holidays. Additional holiday will be accrued after 3 years’ service.
- We have a generous CPD allowance of £600 per annum and 3 days fully paid.
- RCVS fees are paid for, as well as a yearly subscription to an organisation of your choice.
- Health Shield Cover
- And more!
Salary £24,700-34,000 DOE
How to get in touch?
Applicants are very welcome to have a friendly chat to one of the nurses or myself before applying or coming for an interview. Applicants are also welcome to visit the practice and spend some time out of their day to get a feel for our culture, aiding you in making the right decision. I can be contacted via – firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s the worst that can happen? Best case scenario, we both realise that we’ll be the perfect fit for each other; worst-case scenario, we have a good catch up and we wish each other the best with our career paths.