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First Opinion Veterinary Nurse

Are you looking for a new challenge?

Are you keen to expand and develop your nursing skills in a fast-paced and dynamic environment?

Do you want to work in a multidisciplinary referral hospital with an outstanding team and the latest equipment?

As part of our expanding first opinion team you will be based in our teaching hospital helping to manage first opinion cases. You will also work at our offsite RSPCA clinic which delivers charity medicine teaching to clinical veterinary students across all years.

The role is offered with a salary of between £25,285 - £28,929 per annum depending on experience, plus on call allowance and an abundance of benefits such as:

  • 36.5 hour working week
  • Enhanced annual leave allowance of 36 days including bank holidays
  • A one-off recruitment incentive payment of £2000.00 may be offered where eligibility criteria is met.
  • Enhanced pension scheme
  • Access to CAMbens employee discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme and travel to work loan scheme
  • Family friendly benefits and enhanced leave
  • Health and Wellbeing benefits such as discounted membership to the University's Sport Centre
  • Training and Development and Career Development

The Queens Veterinary School Hospital (QVSH) is a teaching and a referral hospital whose aims are to provide a comprehensive and demonstrably excellent clinical service across a range of species and disciplines for clients, undergraduate and postgraduate students and the veterinary profession in general. We have an exciting opportunity for a Veterinary Nurse to join our First Opinion team at QVSH.

The role of First Opinion Nurse at the QVSH is varied, with tasks including general nursing, client communication, registering animals and booking appointments. It will involve supporting and liaising with Vets, Nurses, Students, and support staff in both the small animal wards and theatre.

The First Opinion Nurse will provide an efficient, co-ordination and collaborative nursing service to an excellent standard for the QVSH, managing an increased case load and research activities, to meet the needs of the service. They will work as part of the First Opinion team to provide supervision and case co-ordination of first opinion cases, medical nursing and administration duties linked to each case, perform nursing duties within the appropriate discipline and be expected to participate in occasional on call and weekend duties on a rota basis.

Triage and appropriate referral of cases from the RSPCA clinic will be required, as well as tasks such as dispensing medications, registering animals and booking appointments. General practice duties including locking and unlocking the practice, stock management, tidying and cashing up at the end of the day will also be carried out by this role.

There will be aspects of management of accurate pricing, invoicing and case finances with liaison internally and with several charities and 3rd parties.

This is a varied role where no two days are the same, so we are seeking individuals with a passion for nursing, with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, students and clients. The ability to work on your own initiative with minimal supervision is essential.

If you are interested in having a new challenge, we would welcome you to visit the hospital and meet this dedicated and passionate team to learn more.

Please note that applicants will be reviewed on a regular basis and may be invited to visit and/or interview prior to the closing date. We reserve the right to close the position early if all available positions are filled.

Further particulars for the role and information about the Department are available here:

The closing date for applications is: 18 June 2023

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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Please quote reference PP36660 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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