Veterinary Nurse Team Lead

Location Berkshire
Discipline: Clinical
Salary: £36,000 to £38,000
Contact name: Laura Collings

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Published: 6 months ago

If you are an experienced registered veterinary nurse looking for an exciting new role leading a passionate nursing team, where you will help build their confidence, skills and overall development on a daily basis, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

Our client is a 100% small animal, Independent practice that has been based near Reading for over 40 years.  The owners are passionate about their team and the care they provide and are excited about planning for the future and opening their own purpose-built veterinary hospital in the next few years.  As well as being focused on the future, our clients are aware of the benefits of a friendly and supportive environment and case continuity for both patients and employees.  With this in mind they have worked hard to provide state of the art equipment on site and cover their own out of hours with a dedicated out of hours team, which allows all patient care to remain in house.

The practice team understand the value of their nursing team and believe everyone is a vital member of the team.  Within their roles in practice, RVNS are expected to do as much schedule 3 work as possible and are encouraged to take on further CPD if they have a particular field of interest.  You will also be given a generous annual CPD allowance and paid days off to take on this additional learning.

The role itself is full time, permanent working 40 hour weeks with the option of a 4 or 5 day week.  You will work 1 in 5 Saturdays and the occasional night shift during the week (less than 1 per month).  In lieu of any night shift you cover, you will be given 2 days off the following week and will have no weekend evening or Sunday day shifts and no bank holidays to cover.

Applicants will be at least 5 years qualified and ideally be forward thinking, passionate and have some coaching or management experience.  You will be comfortable leading a team and providing training and appraisals etc and have a basic understanding of recruitment.  This role is ideal for a friendly, open and confident RVN who is excited about helping guide the next generation and works well both sole charge and as part of a team.

Within this role you will be responsible for the leadership and management of the nursing team, which currently consists of 7-8 registered veterinary nurses and 2 student nurses and will report to the practice’s current Head Nurse.  You will assist with rota creation, monitor the team’s development and lead by example creating and maintaining a positive and friendly atmosphere while supporting the vet team day to day.  You will be assigned set admin time to complete your management tasks and be expected to keep up your clinical duties.

The practice itself is situated just outside Reading offering a fantastic location for access to incredible national trust sites and countryside, easy access to the main motorways north and south and offering easy travel to Heathrow Airport and directly into London city centre, by car or train in just over 1 hr.  There is on site parking for those who drive and bus routes all along the main road just a few minute’s walk from the practice door for those commuting by foot.

Salary of £36,000 to £38,000
Pro-Rata overtime paid for additional hours
Shift flexibility where possible
Professional membership fees paid
Annual holiday entitlement of 6 weeks, including bank holidays, birthday leave and additional days off with length of service
No Saturday night, Sunday or bank holiday shifts
Generous annual CPD budget and paid time off
Pension scheme
Bring your dogs to work!
If you’re a dedicated RVN looking for an enriching new role in the UK, we’d love to hear from you! 
Contact Laura Collings through or 07570 606201 today.

You must be a qualified Veterinary Nurse eligible to register with the RCVS and able to demonstrate right to work in the UK to be considered for this role.

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