This is a fantastic position for a newly qualified Vet looking to gain exposure within an excellent hospital for a 6 month period. This position is sole charge and covers nights, 1 week on 1 week off. Open to all levels of experience.
Night staff take over care of the inpatients each night. When the day staff leave, the door must be checked and locked. The night Vet must make it their business to be aware of all inpatient conditions, needs and specific requirements before the day staff go. A change over rounds should take place. During this round, each patient must be discussed, and you must also find out if the owners are expecting contact during the night. This may be for general updates or just if the patient deteriorates.
Shift pattern: Monday – Friday 8pm-8am, Saturday, Sunday and BH's 4pm-8am equals 92 hours per week working. Mon-Sunday 1 week on 1 week off
This position is for 6 month FTC
Information About Us
Village Vet has 30 practices across North London, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, which includes four 24-hour emergency hospitals and a specialist referral centre in Hampstead – London Vet Specialists. We have nearly 300 staff, including specialists in Soft Tissue Surgery, Dermatology and Emergency and Critical Care, staff with certificates in feline practice, and residency trained consultants in anaesthesia and internal medicine. The pace of work for Village Vet ranges from the quieter village practices in Cambridge, to the fast-paced, 24-hour emergency and critical care at Hampstead.
Your Main Responsibilities
- All inpatient hospital sheets will be updated so that the night staff will know what the patient’s needs
- The night vet must update computer records with their findings
- The night vet must not just follow the hospital sheet instructions, they must consider each patient as their own whilst in their care and ensure they are delivering care to the highest standard
- Along with administering treatments and veterinary care, inpatient hygiene must be of the highest standard
- Patients must be kept clean, bedding must also be kept clean and kennels should be cleaned out as required
- If the patient is allowed food and water, this must be available. Unless a specific food is noted, you must tempt and encourage the patient to eat by using methods such as trying different foods, hand feeding, warming the food, etc.
- Other responsibilities within the practice are also required and are essential, eg Laundry, stocking up, washing up.
- Keep the working environment clean and tidy
Essential Experience Required
- Qualified Veterinary Surgeon
- Small animal medical experience
- Previous experience working out of hours
- Worked as a Vet in a busy hospital or practice
Desirable Experience Required
- Previous experience in a 24-hour Emergency Critical Care Centre
- Previous experience with EZVet practice management system
- Sole charge experience
Personal Skills & Qualities
- Self-aware, positive attitude and receptive to change
- Effective communication skills within the team and with clients
- Ability to work as a strong contributor to a team