Thank you for showing an interest in the equine vacancies we have coming up for Summer/Autumn 2021. We’re very sad that after a fantastic 8 years with the practice our senior assistant Zoë is moving away from the area with her family, but she will be with us until mid-July. Josh is also heading off for an exciting Internship in South Africa and will be with us until August. Ideally, we would like to have an overlap period to allow the successful applicants to settle in before Zoe and Josh leave, but for the right person we would cope if you couldn’t start until the Autumn.
The basic starting salary for a new graduate will be £32,000 per year, increasing commensurate with experience.
The basic starting salary for an experienced equine veterinary surgeon (i.e. internship / referral level experience; CertAVP or similar post-graduate qualification; at least 5 years graduated and able to provide the clinical lead on our medical caseload) will be £45-£50,000 per year commensurate with experience and dependent on being the right fit for our team.
There is an additional fee paid for every out of hours call attended. Just to give you an idea of what that’s worth, the average paid to our current assistants for out of hours fees is £2000 extra per year.
We provide a work car or van. You will have to record and pay us the government recommended amount for your personal mileage otherwise the tax implications are high.
We will provide you with a phone (iPhone or equivalent) which can be used for personal usage within a generous data allowance.
We provide a budget for your lunch each day, which can be put on a work credit card. You will need to keep receipts. This is worth an average of £700 per year.
We will enrol you automatically onto the work pension scheme. It’s worth approximately £300 per year but can change with government budgets. You can opt out, but most people don’t.
We will pay your RCVS membership fee when it becomes due. We also pay for membership of the British Equine Veterinary Association and the British Veterinary Association.
There is a Continued Professional Development budget of £1500 per year. This can be taken on up to 5 working days/year. We encourage and fund certificate study, but this is on a claw-back scheme so that we don’t have vets leaving the practice as soon as they achieve Advanced Practitioner status. Feel free to call and speak to us for further details on this scheme.
We are very supportive of new and recent graduates. Two of our directors are Clinical Instruction Mentors for the University of Surrey. We are a partner practice to Surrey and apart from during the Covid restrictions we take final year students on their Intramural Rotations, as well as regular EMS students from other UK Universities.
We pay your professional indemnity insurance fees each year.
We do not provide accommodation but recommend finding somewhere within 10 miles of the practice which gives plenty of options. One of our assistants does have spare room at the house she rents and might be interested in a flatmate, so that’s a possible option.
The rota is 1:4 weekends with 2 days off in lieu following each weekend worked. You will be contracted to work no more than 1:3 weekends (this is unlikely to ever happen but may be required to cover holiday absence or illnesses). The weekday rota is similar.
There are always 2 vets on duty and the ‘First On Call’ vet receives emergency calls direct to their mobile phone.
We provide uniform clothing and personal protective equipment.
The holiday allowance is a standard 28 days including bank holidays. Bank holidays are covered on a rota basis with a day off in lieu if worked.
To apply please send a CV and covering letter to email@example.com
Long-list interviews will be conducted via Zoom, with short-listed candidates invited to attend the practice for a day, travel expenses paid. For any further questions or to speak to one of our directors or assistants about working at Paton and Lee, please call the office on 01376 513369.
Please note that all applicants will be expected to familiarise themselves with our practice Vision and Mission statements, which are set out below:
Our vision is to become the most trusted RCVS accredited equine veterinary hospital in the region, providing 24/7 access to evidence-based equine health advice, care and treatment.
Our mission is to become the first place horse owners go for information, reassurance and treatment whenever they have concerns about their horse’s health, performance or behaviour. We will provide horse owners with easy access to the latest evidence-based equine health advice, making sure that we are always approachable and trustworthy. We will be as clear as possible when communicating with owners, including being honest and accurate about case expectations (prognosis, cost estimates, terms and conditions etc). Where possible, we will endeavour to use a shared decision-making process with owners, to provide the best possible outcome for them and their equine. To demonstrate our commitment to provide a high-level of client care and an excellent client experience, we are working towards gaining the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) award for ‘Client Service’. Once we achieved this goal, we will begin working towards the Ambulatory Service Award.
We will strive to maintain great staff retention, team moral and wellbeing by investing in training and education for the entire team, encouraging a sense of personal responsibility and pride in our performance. To demonstrate our commitment to the welfare, safety and ongoing training of the Paton and Lee team, we are working towards gaining the RCVS PSS award for ‘Team and Professional responsibility’. For our veterinary surgeons we will continue to promote professional development and clinical independence through the provision of CPD and Certificates in Advanced Veterinary Practice, whilst also aiming to improve work-life balance as the practice grows and support meaningful career progression.
Whilst maintaining our core-strength as a first-opinion equine practice we will continue to invest in the latest technology for both portable and clinic-based equipment, including MRI and CT. This will provide our clients with gold-standard diagnostic techniques and provide a regional hub for advanced diagnostic imaging to which other veterinary surgeons can ethically refer cases without fear of losing clients or follow-up treatments. In due course we will also begin working towards the RCVS PSS award for ‘Diagnostic Services’.
We will continue to build on our role within the wider community through fundraising activities for regional and international equine welfare charities, the support of local rescue centres, the provision of lectures and courses for horse owners and equine paraprofessionals, and the provision of education for veterinary students on both EMS and IMR placements. More widely, we will aim to reduce the environmental impact of our business operation through a gradual reduction in our carbon consumption and increased recycling effort.