Deputy Head Registered Veterinary Nurse

Crown Vets, Argyle Street
Permanent, Full time
Up to £28,000 DOE

Posted on 12/04/2022

The Role

Are you looking to take the next step in your career and move into a leadership role?

Crown Vets have a unique opportunity for a registered veterinary nurse looking to progress in their career. In the role of Deputy Head RVN, you will assist the Head RVN in leading the nursing team which consists of 11 RVN’s, 3 VCA’s, 2 SVN’s and a Dispensary Assistant. In your transition into leadership, you will be fully supported, and full training will be provided. This is the perfect chance to take the next step in your career and thrive in a fast-paced, well-established practice.

Summary of the role

  • 40hours a week
  • Salary of up to £28,000 depending on experience 
  • Out of hours work on a rota basis (1 night every 2 weeks)
  • Working with the Head nurse to lead the nursing and auxiliary team
  • Assist the head nurse in aspects of the nursing and auxiliary team’s management to include, but not be limited to: recruitment, performance management, appraisal and absence management in line with Company policy.
  • To act as a role model to all clinical staff, demonstrating a clinical lead and suitable leadership skills.
  • Working with the client service team to ensure a high-level customer service is instilled in all members of the nursing and auxiliary teams.
  • Assist the head nurse in ensuring compliance with risk assurance processes including; health and safety; security; clinical governance, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) guidelines, and data protection
  • Assist with infection prevention and control
  • Ensure completion of CPD log / on line tracker in accordance with RCVS requirement
  • Liaise with head nurse
  • Carry out clinical duties such as, anaesthesia, radiography, laboratory work and nurse clinics
  • Clinical coaching and organising of students are desired and to be managed between head nurse and deputy head nurse. Crown Vets are happy to put you though clinical coaching training
  • A strong desire to keep evolving and improving the clinical standards

This opportunity would suit an RVN who wants to help build an excellent working environment, help shape the future of veterinary nursing and provide exceptional patient care.

About Us

Crown Vets are a forward-thinking practice who are committed to progression. Leading the way, Crown Vets are the only practice in the Highlands to achieve the highest accolade from the RCVS for Consultation Service & Client Care. Crown Vets host three sites within Inverness, offering the perfect balance between consulting and operating. Crown Vets have state of the art equipment including; ultrasound with doppler, continuous ECG monitoring, cardiac probe and DR x-ray allowing you to work in a practice that can offer the best quality of care. In addition to their first opinion service, Crown Vets have a Referral Practice within the group, currently covering Orthopaedic, Soft Tissue, Dermatology and Pain Management.

About the Team and Culture

Crown Vets have a diverse team who support each other both inside and outside of the work place. Surrounded by a variety of outdoor pursuits and wildlife, the Highlands is the perfect playground for the outdoor explorer or active family. Staff wellbeing is a priority at Crown Vets so they are looking for someone who will work as part of the team and get involved.  

Applicant Requirements

Must be a qualified RVN on the RCVS register and have experience either within a 1st opinion or referral setting or both. Must be confident in sole charge and have the ability to offer a progressive forward thinking management style. This role would be ideal for an RVN looking to potentially move into their first management role.

Benefits - Subject to Pro Rata:

  • Increasing holiday based on length of service

  • CPD paid days and allowance

  • L&D opportunities through the IVC Evidensia Academy
  • Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay
  • Birthday leave
  • RCVS Membership paid
  • VDS cover
  • Discounted veterinary fees
  • Various discounts including retail & gym memberships
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Service-related company sick pay
  • Initiatives focussed on employee wellbeing
  • Relocation packages
  • Career progression opportunities

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 you are looking for a new challenge set in the Scottish Highlands, we want to hear from you!
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Any questions before applying?

Speak to Margaret Oliver from our recruitment team who would be happy to help you with any questions you have before applying for this role.

Margaret Oliver

Senior Talent Partner


Crown Vets, Argyle Street

58 Argyle Street, Inverness, IV2 3BB, United Kingdom

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Animals treated

  • Small animal