Veterinary Surgeon

Seafield Veterinary Group, Keith
Permanent, Full time
up to £50,000 negotiable depending on experience

Posted on 06/06/2022

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon to join our friendly and supportive team here at Seafield Veterinary Group, Keith!
Working within 1st Opinion Small animal medicine and surgery across 3 branches in Moray. Specialist interests would be encouraged and supported. Our caseload load is wide and varied and support would be provided by an experienced Small Animal Vet Practice Lead as well as the Senior Vets and Clinical directors within the practice.
We are 50/50 split practice with Large and Small Animals. 5% equine, 45% large animals, mostly beef and sheep & 50% small animal. We have mainly been doing emergency LA work with also doing lots of herd health plans and planning. For small animal, we mostly see 1st opinion as we don't have any specialists within the practice at the moment. We see mainly cats and dogs with the occasional exotics usually rabbits and some reptiles.

Salary and Rota:

Working across 5-day week ideally (but can be flexible on this)
1:4 OOH on call shared equally with a Mixed Vet team.
Out of Hours cover is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday every 4 weeks. 8am Friday to 8am Monday morning. OOH during the week will be from 6pm to 8am following day. You get a half day off the next day for a weekday 1st on call.
During the 8-week period you do 2 weekends (1:4) with one Friday off, one Monday off and one Thursday off. There are always 2 vets on call at any one time. No phone duties, as phones are manned by 4 persons who just do night and weekend phones. Calls are filtered so that only necessary enquiries reach the vets on call.
Salary up to £50,000 negotiable depending on experience.

About Us

Our practice is a friendly and busy mixed practice in the Northeast of Scotland with 3 main branches. We have a strong team of 10 vets with a growing client base. Overnight Small animal care and out of hours services are provided by our Mixed practice vets at our head office in Keith. Excellent facilities available with good opportunities for specialism and career progression.
We are looking for a friendly Vet with ability to work well within a team. Good work ethic with the drive to continue to improve our small animal services, quality of care and relationships with our clients. Can work as part of a team but also have the confidence to work under own leadership. We are located in the picturesque area of Moray famed for its outdoors scenery and outdoor pursuits as well as its coastline and wildlife. Our main branch is located in Keith with links to Aberdeen, Inverness and Aviemore.

About the Team and Culture

WE have 12 vets, mostly mixed vets with some SA only vets. We have 3 vet nurses per branch, plus ample support staff on hand to make the right candidate feel at home from their first day. We currently have no specialists, but we encourage and welcome and for of specialisation the new candidate may bring. We would like a friendly and approachable individual who is willing to muck-in when the going gets tough but is willing and accepting of other who are there to help within our hard working and experienced team. We encourage and support many local charities and events annually and get involved in some annual local events.

Applicant Requirements

No experience required but is desirable, full support and encouragement will be given from day one to any successful candidate. Obviously must be BVMS and MRCVS.

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

· 32 days annual leave
· 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


· £1500/year CPD allowance with hours fully paid (away from the practice)
· 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
· RCVS fees


· 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 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


Seafield Veterinary Group, Keith

144 Land Street, Keith, AB55 5DL, Banffshire, United Kingdom

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Animals treated

  • Equine
  • Farm / Large animal
  • Small animal