Registered Veterinary Nurse Required At Blue House Vets, Biddulph, Staffordshire
£20,000-£23,000 depending on experience
Blue House Veterinary Centre
Biddulph, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
We have had a busy 2 years, firstly winning Petplan Practice of the Year 2019 and secondly moving into our amazing new building right before lockdown. You would be joining us at a very exciting time for the practice, as we begin to come out of lockdown (hopefully) and start to be able to enjoy and show off the fabulous facilities that we now have.
We truly value our staff and have been doing all we can to protect them during the COVID-19 situation. We are still currently working with no clients in the building (except for euthanasia) to protect as many as possible, but are working towards allowing clients back in.
We could tell you all sorts about our practice – and if you look on our website you will get a much better idea of what we are about - but we think it can be best described by one of our team:
"Blue House is a fantastic place to work - the environment is friendly, caring and patient driven. This ethos starts at the top with Kay and Neil (the bosses) and is carried on by all team members. I personally love the fact that I have bosses who actively encourage, support and genuinely care for me as an individual.
The nursing team work almost entirely in the surgical / medical wing, allowing us to exclusively nurse and utilise our training and skill set.
Taking bloods, placing IV cannulas, assisting with surgery and performing schedule 3 procedures are all encouraged, as is CPD.
We are trusted to do the job we trained for, and the RVN / surgeon relationships are relaxed, fun and friendly, with open clinical discussions. Our opinion is valued and any good and actionable suggestions are implemented.
Blue House really is a great practice, and I certainly never have any intention of leaving!” - Joel, Head Nurse
We are more than happy for you to speak to any staff members past or present to find out what it is like to work for us!
-Well respected single site practice
-High levels of customer service expected and delivered (award-winning reception team of 7)
-Qualified, extremely competent, Nursing Team of 5 (we value the RVN qualification) plus a student
-Training practice (but maximum of 1 student to ensure highest quality of training and supervision)
-Approachable, down to earth team of 6 experienced vets who enjoy their job and practice a high standard of medicine
-Visiting specialists in orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery, ultrasound
-On site acupuncture service in our unique woodland room
-Outstanding premises - take a look at our photos to see what we mean! The environment is planned to emphasise wellbeing of staff and patients – large airy reception, consulting, and operating rooms with natural light throughout.
-Cat Friendly silver certified (including cat only waiting room and cat only consult room)
-Separate cat ward, dog ward (with 6 large walk-in kennels as well as smaller kennels) and isolation ward
-Large prep room, two surgical theatres with ante room and changing area
-Separate dental theatre including dental x-ray
-Dedicated euthanasia room (with sofa, fireplace and soft lighting)
-Great equipment including digital imaging, multiparameter GA monitoring, tonopen, Blood pressure monitors etc.
-Option to take patients to a local practice for CT scan so you can follow your own cases
-Clinical office for vets and nurses so you can work at a desk if you need to!
-Private practice garden with picnic table and sun loungers so you can eat lunch outside if you want (currently needs some green fingers but will be lovely soon - wildflower beds for bees already planted!)
-Fully equipped staff room including dishwasher, table to eat at, rocking chair and massage chair! (There is even a pool table and cross trainer, and a shower!)
- Full hour for lunch, with green spaces / National Trust properties close at hand if you like to get out of the practice over lunch time.
- Time off in lieu if you ever have to stay late (which should be rare)
- Regular clinical meetings (in normal working hours) to discuss procedures, developments, problems, CPD, clinical audit, new equipment, ideas and planning.
We are based in a semi-rural location in the small town of Biddulph on the Staffordshire/South Cheshire border. Lots of local green spaces. Easy reach of Manchester.
About the Team and Culture
Our nursing team have a variety of interests and experience including exotics (our head nurse has an exotics certificate), wound management, anaesthesia and nutrition. We like to support learning, development and CPD.
One of our vets has a PGCert in surgery, one provides acupuncture, another is just starting his ophthalmology certificate, and our vets have a wide range of experience from our recent new graduate addition to over 20 years experience! We are innovative, caring and listen to our team.
We are a cohesive and supportive team - whether brainstorming on how we can help a patient, celebrating our sucesses or understanding when things are tough. We value and listen to the opinions and experience of all our team members. Our clinical meetings allow everyone to have an input and we act on what we discuss.
We like to involve ourselves in the local community and have taken part in mud runs to raise funds for a local mental health unit and Vetlife. We also visit local schools and one of the directors is a STEM ambassador helping promote the sciences and supporting schools and community groups. We are a host practice for Pet Blood Bank.
We are looking for a qualified RVN who has empathy with clients and their pets and a desire to use their nursing skills. The ability to communicate effectively with both clients and staff is vital. We value teamwork and appreciate staff taking part in case discussion and contributing ideas to improve our practice.
We want someone who enjoys talking to clients and who can provide clear, sympathetic and useful advice when needed.
We need a nurse who can work effectively both in a team and on their own initiative. We love and value experience but can also support and guide a newly qualified nurse.
Benefits - Subject to Pro Rata
- 4 weeks paid holiday not including bank holidays
- 3 days paid CPD leave
- £550 CPD allowance per annum
- RCVS Membership paid
- Service based holiday entitlement increases
- VDS cover
- Enhanced maternity, adoption, shared parental leave and surrogacy pay
- Enhanced paternity pay
- Birthday leave
- Discounted veterinary fees
- My Benefits - various discounts including retail & gym memberships
- Cycle to Work scheme
- CPD/training support
- Paid bereavement leave
- Company sick pay
- Employee opinion survey
- Annual pay reviews
- Social events
- Academy & Leadership courses
- Focus on employee wellbeing
- Relocation packages
- Career progression opportunities
- Free flu jabs
As a BAME and LGBTQ+ inclusive employer, we are keen to hear from candidates from all minority and diverse groups. As a Disability Confident Employer, we are keen to hear from candidates with disabilities and long-term health conditions and would be happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments needed during the recruitment process.
If this position is of interest to you then please get in touch. Please quote BH3768 when applying for this role.
Address: Princess Street, Biddulph, Staffordshire, United Kingdom