Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Castle Veterinary Group, Castlewellan
Permanent, Full time and/or Part time
up to £45,000 FTE depending on experience

Posted on 01/06/2022

The Role

Castle Vets are looking to add a small animal veterinary surgeon to join their friendly team in the beautiful area of Mourne Co. Down. There is no out of hours in this role but some Saturdays will be required.
Experience is favoured but not a requirement as there is a great support system with a good blend of youth and experience!
There is also a chance to appear in BBC’s much famed Mountain Vets.
Salary for the role is up to £45,000 FTE depending on experience. Welcome bonus of up to £3000 and a relocation bonus of up to £5000. 

About Us

We are an established practice with a team of vets and nurses based across our 2 modern purpose-built surgeries. The practice stretches across a fantastic scenic area from Strangford Lough up to Slieve Donard with an amazing range of outdoor activities within our catchment area. Our surgery facilities include: in-house labs, DR x-ray, ultrasound, ECG, a full range of orthopaedic equipment and state of the art endoscopy equipment.
We are a Tier 3 training practice and believe in supporting future clinical staff. Currently in our team we have 3 certificate holders in medicine/surgery and one vet working towards this.

Applicant Requirements

Ideally, we are looking for an experienced small animal vet surgeon, but we can consider new graduates for this role as full support will be given. You must be RCVS registered and have a full UK driving licence as a company van is provided. Accommodation provided. CPD & further certification is supported.

Because our employee's matter

We recognise that our people are fundamental to the success of our business. Investing in our people, premises and processes is at the heart of what we do. In addition to a competitive base salary, you will benefit from:

Work-life balance

  • 6.6 weeks annual leave subject to pro-rata
  • Increasing holiday allowance based on length of service
  • Your birthday as a paid day off


  • Private medical insurance
  • Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Initiatives focused on employee wellbeing
  • Non-accidental injury support


  • £1250 CPD allowance with 40 hours paid pro-rata
  • Certificate support
  • Learning and development opportunities via the IVC Evidensia Academy
  • Access to Vetlexicon – our online encyclopaedia provider
  • All our Vets & Nurses can apply for research funding
  • All our Vets get £1000 per annum to spend via our Care Fund
  • Infection Prevention and Control Programme
  • Quality Improvement Programme

Professional Memberships

  • BVA membership
  • VDS cover


  • Pawsome Benefits – reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with 100’s of retailers
  • Pension – 5% Employee/3% Employer
  • Discounted staff pet care
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. 

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Any questions before applying?

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

Castle Veterinary Group, Castlewellan

8 Dublin Road, Castlewellan, Belfast, BT31 9AQ, United Kingdom

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Animals treated

  • Farm / Large animal