Qualified Veterinary Nurse needed to join our team

Posted by on 1 September 2016 | Comments

Blue House Veterinary Centre is a small animal only practice in Biddulph. We have four vets, a nursing team of four (head nurse, and 3 other RVNs) and a reception team of five. We pride ourselves on a very personal service with good client continuity and attention to detail. We are a progressive well equipped practice with a strong belief in excellent client and patient care within a friendly, welcoming environment. We’re proud that Blue House is an accredited Cat Friendly Clinic.

We believe in complementing clinical excellence with a good work : life balance and so we use Vets Now for our out of hours care.

Our facilities/equipment include digital x-ray and dental x-ray, ultrasound, endoscopy, ECG, capnography, PDO blood pressure, tonometry and pulse oximetry. We also have in house lab facilities including wet chemistry bloods. We have 2 well equipped primary consulting rooms, a dedicated nurse consultation room and a separate bereavement/euthanasia room. The surgical wing has separate dog, cat and rabbit wards including an isolation kennel, a dental theatre, a surgical theatre and a prep area. All patients undergoing an anaesthetic have intravenous cannula placement, receive intravenous fluids if necessary and are offered pre op bloods.

We aim to provide something extra special: long appointment times (15 or 30 minutes), tea and coffee for clients (and cake if we haven't eaten it all), a relaxed non-sales led environment (no posters on the walls), continuity of care and knowing our clients by name when they come in the door whenever possible.

One of our lovely nurses is sadly leaving us due to family commitments, so we are currently recruiting for a qualified veterinary nurse to join our team. The ideal candidate will be a friendly, motivated, well presented individual with excellent communication skills and a compassionate, caring nature. Possessing practical and organisational skills, you should be equally happy to work as part of a team, following direction, or under your own initiative. Some sole charge will be required.

We are offering a nursing role with a direct input into the very high level of veterinary care we provide for our medical and surgical patients. Assistance with surgical dentistry including dental imaging will also form part of your role (training will be given if needed). You will complement our veterinary team in addition to occasionally assisting consultants who visit the practice. We are a small practice and as such our case load is varied – some days will be spent primarily in the operating and dental theatres, some days consulting and some will be spent doing the important task of catching up on cleaning! We also expect all members of staff to contribute to improving the practice and are happy to listen to any ideas and initiatives you may have.

A high degree of contact with our clients is expected via our dedicated nurse clinics and appointments. These include:

  • Post-operative checks
  • Nutritional /weight clinics
  • Dental Care clinics
  • Rabbit husbandry
  • Adolescent checks

and general healthcare such as blood sampling, anal gland expressions, stitches out, dressing changes etc.

Triage of emergencies will also be required, as well as frequent telephone advice to clients.

First impressions count and we take great pride in the appearance of our practice.  Maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene standards within the surgery unit is an important part of the nursing role.

The position is full time with 1:3 to 1:4 Saturday mornings (rota basis), no OOH, 20 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays. Flexibility in working hours would be appreciated. CPD funded and encouraged.

Apply to Kay Abbott or Neil Brogan via e-mail: happypets@bluehousevets.com attaching your CV.