Senior Sport Horse Orthopaedic Clinician

Rossdales LLP
Exning, Newmarket
29 Apr 2021
21 May 2021
Contract Type

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced clinician to join the busy team at our state-of-the-art Equine Hospital and Diagnostic Centre based in Exning and provide ambulatory sport horse services to clients of our practice.

The successful applicant must be confident investigating lameness and poor performance cases to a high standard, and perform pre-purchase examinations of competition horses. Postgraduate qualifications are encouraged, ideally to sports medicine or surgical diploma level.

Subject to contract, the hours are as follows:

Monday – Friday 8:00 – 18:00 with a one-hour (unpaid) lunch break.

Saturday 8:00 – 12:00

The role holder will be part of the Hospital Clinician out of hours rota.

Role overview – primarily employed as an assistant veterinary surgeon working as part of the Diagnostic Centre team and as an ambulatory sport horse clinician visiting clients’ premises and other practices.

The main aspects of this role include (but are not limited to):

  • Primary responsibility for the diagnosis and treatment of complex orthopaedic and poor performance cases, with an emphasis on sport and pleasure horses.
  • All aspects associated with orthopaedic practice, to include;

                   Lameness evaluation
                   Diagnostic local analgesia
                   Radiography interpretation
                   Ultrasonography interpretation

  • Pre-purchase examination of high value sport horses in the practice, client premises and in some cases overseas.
  • Where appropriate, providing supervision and training in orthopaedic work for the interns.
  • Taking responsibility for equipment used for orthopaedic work.
  • Care of patients including daily management.
  • Performing night and weekend duties on the hospital clinician rota.
  • Assisting interns, surgeons and internal medicine department in the work up of emergency admissions when necessary.
  • Ensuring excellent communication with clients and empathy for the proper handling of referred cases.
  • Where diagnosis is not possible, discuss and inform client of any further tests or treatment options. Treatment must be prescribed and/or supplied according to the requirements of the VMD and with due attention to all relevant legislation.
  • Liaison with Clinical Director responsible for the client, especially if the case is complicated or there is a problem.
  • Ensuring excellent communication with referring vets, and to offer advice and expertise as required.
  • Ensuring veterinary reports are written and sent promptly.
  • Maintaining appropriate contemporaneous orthopaedic records. 
  • Assisting colleagues in other areas of the Practice as required. 
  • Sharing knowledge and expertise within the Rossdales team. 
  • Lecturing and teaching - client events, CPD and conferences as required. 
  • Carrying out clinical research and publishing as appropriate. 
  • You must perform your duties with attention to Health and Safety considerations for yourself and clients. 
  • Where radiographs are required, ensure that all relevant radiation safety guidelines are followed and appropriate PPE is used. 
  • Complying with standards set for the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme.
  • Any other duties reasonably requested by the Practice.

Application Process and Timeline

For further information and an informal discussion about the role, please contact Tim Barnett on or call 01638 577754. 

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter via the apply button. 

Applications close Friday 21 May 2021.