Head of Veterinary - Companion Animals

Combination of home working and regular travel throughout England and Wales
01 Apr 2021
28 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Contract

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We’re recruiting a Head of Veterinary - Companion Animals  for a 12 month fixed term contract. 

It’s a great time to join the RSPCA.  In January 2020, we launched our new Strategy to 2030, "Together for Animal Welfare".  

You will be pivotal in supporting the Animal Journey workstream for companion animals; ensuring the veterinary care provided to RSPCA animals, in our own centres, private vets and private boarding establishments is evidence based, consistent and cost effective. 

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What you’ll be doing: 

  • Promoting  shelter medicine, enabling optimal and cost effective veterinary care of companion animals that protects animal welfare
  • Providing advice to our veterinary surgeons, other centre staff, RSPCA Inspectors, Animal Welfare Officers, Animal collection Officers and members of the public about companion animals and their health and welfare
  • Develop a strong, evidence-based structure of welfare oversight that safeguards the health and welfare of companion animals within our care. Working with the science and behaviour teams to ensure that all decisions about animals are evidence based and focused on animal welfare. Assist in the roll out of our welfare assessment tool and the five domains model
  • Support the review and update the Society’s licensing conditions and auditing processes to ensure these genuinely protect the welfare of animals in the RSPCA’s care
  • Conducting audit inspections of RSPCA national and branch clinical sites and activities working with Field Officers covering the suitability of the establishment’s facilities, operational procedures and animal welfare
  • Assist in the creation of and to oversee species specific Veterinary Advisory Panels, or similar structures, that are made up of private vets sympathetic to our aims who may assist with creation of guidelines and other issues
  • Participate in public relations, media activities and fundraising
  • Provide support and advice to inform the work of these departments, ensuring any content is accurate in relation to health and welfare issues
  • Share evidence based clinical guidance with other non- veterinary colleagues such as; inspectorate officers, fundraising, press, L&D and Enterprise departments in conjunction with the CVO. 

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Who  we’re looking for: 

You’ll have a Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Science / Medicine Veterinary and be registered with RCVS. 

You’ll have extensive understanding of veterinary and animal welfare legal and regulatory frameworks with the ability to:  

  • make sound clinical and policy decisions independently
  • organise and prioritise work, with a clear readiness to make decisions, take the initiative and focus on delivery
  • to inspire and  lead change and improvement within a diverse team.  
  • influence, motivate and empower others in order to reach organisational goals.
  • successfully adapt to changing demands and conditions. 
  • maintain effective work behaviour in the face of setbacks or pressure
  • shows enthusiasm and career commitment with personal energy, enthusiasm and willingness to learn
  • communicate and engage with individuals and teams as needed to ensure they have clear direction and know what they have to achieve to be successful
  • work in the interest of the organisation as a whole - working closely with colleagues across all functions to get there

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What’s in it for you: 

You'll have an opportunity to work for the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales. 
We value and recognise our employees’ contribution and are proud to offer an extensive benefits package that includes 25 days holiday (rising to 30 with service), plus an additional Society day, private healthcare, defined contribution pension scheme, employee assistance programme and a subsidised staff restaurant. 
The full job description can be downloaded from the Jobs page of our website. 

How to apply: 

To apply for this opportunity, please send your CV and a cover letter to: 
resourcingteam@rspca.org.uk quoting reference FAC10

We reserve the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications are received.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we will be holding interviews mostly through Google Meet. For any part of the recruitment process requiring an onsite visit a full assessment will be carried out to ensure everyone's safety.

All online information and documents are available in alternative formats, including Braille and large font, upon request from the Resourcing team.

We strongly believe in being an innovative, diverse, and inclusive organisation and recognise that diversity in all of our people will help achieve that purpose and our mission more effectively. 

We strongly encourage and seek applications from a wide diversity of candidates and in particular welcome applications from minority ethnic, black, and candidates with disabilities, who are currently under-represented at the RSPCA. 

Ending cruelty, promoting kindness and alleviating suffering to animals.

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