• Location: Henley on Thames

  • Reference: JL 15848

  • Job type: Permanent Jobs

  • Expires: 2024-08-31

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Vet to join our Team. We are a truly independent
small animal practice providing our own out of hours service (5 nights per week) in the beautiful and
historic town of Henley-on-Thames. You will be a member of a large team of 11 vets and 14 nurses
providing exceptional veterinary care to our loyal customer base.

We are an approved RCVS Graduate Development Practice with a trained Vet GDP adviser.

Job Role: Veterinary Surgeon

  • £40,000-£70,000 per annum (dependent on qualifications and experience)
  • Reporting to Clinical Director
  • Average 40 hours per week, with the option of working 4 or 5 days per week
  • Out of Hours: maximum one night shift per week. 1 in 4 weekend shifts (part of a weekend)
  • 6 weeks paid annual leave (incl Bank Holidays)

 £3,000 CPD Allowance
 Birthday leave
 Pro-rata overtime paid for additional hours
 Shift flexibility where possible
 Paid Professional Fees (RCVS, VDS + 1 other)
 BHSF Health Plan: Health cash plan which covers dental and optical treatments as well as a
range of therapies and glasses, hearing aids, physio treatment etc
 Bring your dog to work
 Generous staff discount
 Company Pension Scheme (NEST)
 Uniform
 Annual Flu Vaccination

The practice:

We are a medium-sized, 100% small animal practice with plans to expand into a purpose built hospital
in the next few years. We believe that patient welfare and good case continuity leads to better
outcomes for our patients and a more fulfilled clinical team. Having our own out-of-hours service on
site, staffed by our own, dedicated team of night nurses, means that we can achieve this.

Our main surgery has 6 consulting rooms, two theatres, a dental suite, separate dog and cat
wards and isolation facilities. Ultrasound is a significant growth area for us and we have the expertise to
complete cardiac and full abdominal ultrasound examinations. We have an endoscope, a laser
machine and diathermy. We regularly invest in new equipment to make sure we stay up to date and
have the ability to provide an exceptional service. We have a busy in house lab processing more than
50 samples on most days. We use peripatetic visiting surgeons for our orthopaedic work, so that we
keep as many cases in house as possible.

About the role:

The role involves all aspects of small animal first opinion practice; in a normal week you will spend time
consulting, on the hospital rota (day patients and in patients) and doing surgery. You will be supported
by our team of highly experienced vets, nurses and lay staff – there is always someone available to ask
for help or to discuss a case with if required! You will also go on to our shared Out of Hours rota which
only necessitates a maximum of one night on call per week and one weekend shift every four weeks.

About You

Ideally we are looking for a vet with 2-3+ years of experience. We are looking for an enthusiastic,
motivated and sociable vet to join our ever-growing clinical team. You will want to be included in
clinical discussions, ward rounds, and conversations about how to improve and move the practice
forwards. We’re hoping to find someone who is not afraid to give their opinion, while communicating
and working well within a team. We believe being proactive and conscientious will help you get as much
out of a job with us as is possible. It is essential you are committed to providing outstanding veterinary
care to both our patients and our clients. A special interest or a certificate would be a bonus and would
be encouraged.

Organisational background and ethos:
The practice has been situated at the same site in Henley for over 40 years.
We strongly believe that two key elements allow us to do this:-
1. Staying independent and therefore in control of all our own decisions.
2. Providing our own weekday out of hours service to ensure patients get the best quality care, and
whenever possible clients see familiar faces

We also have a very strong people culture and when all employees were recently asked what is the best
thing about working for the practice nearly everyone responded with ‘The Team’ or ‘The People’. We are
not a practice that is primarily focused on making money – instead we prioritise our patients, our
customers and our people and believe the business will flow on the back of that.
We are located in the beautiful town of Henley-on-Thames famed for its Royal Rowing Regatta and the
subsequent Henley Festival. If rowing is your thing then Henley is the place to be!
We are on the edge of the Chilterns Hills where there are abundant opportunities for dog walking,
running, road cycling and mountain biking.
London and all its attractions are now just a 30-minute train hop away due to the new cross-rail and
Elizabeth line service, meaning theatres, museums and major sporting events are right on our doorstep.
If food is your passion we have amazing local restaurants and pubs to suit all pockets including some of
the most famous chefs and restaurants in the UK.
Nestled between the M40 and M4 the area has great transport links to the rest of the country and we
are about 30 minutes from Heathrow airport by car if your travel aspirations lie further afield.
All in all Henley and the surrounding area is a great place to be.


This is an exciting and rewarding role with a solid and well structured team. If you’re interested contact Jonathan Lewis below or call me on 01291 645 871.

Apply for this role

I consent to storing and processing my personal data as outlined on the 'How GLG Veterinary Recruitment manages and uses your personal data' page.