Clinical Director / Lead Vet, Abbey Veterinary Clinic, Up To £75K DOE, Welcome Bonus, Relocation

Arbroath, Angus
Up to £75,000 negotiable, dependent on experience
24 Nov 2022
24 Dec 2022
Contract Type

Clinical Director/Lead Vet Surgeon required at Abbey Veterinary Clinic Arbroath, Scotland 

The Role

Abbey Veterinary Clinic are recruiting for a joint clinical director/lead vet surgeon to join our team in a mixed role (90 percent SA/10 percent LA). This role will be equally suited to an experienced mixed practitioner, or a SA vet interested in diversifying and sharing with our farm caseload who wants to take their first step into a management role or already has management experience.

This role involves working alongside our Practice Manager and existing Clinical Directors overseeing the general running of the practices along with a substantial amount of clinical time operating and consulting. You will mentor, coach and encourage the continued profession development of the clinical staff. Together with the other Clinical Directors you will have freedom to help shape the future direction of our business and expand the veterinary services to our clients across our two clinics.

You will be responsible for your own caseload and will have the opportunity to arrange your daily operating diary for medical investigations and surgical procedures. You will work alongside your veterinary colleagues sharing in daily general consultations and routine operations. We have a very varied caseload and regularly treat small furies, avian/reptiles. The practice also runs a dedicated cat clinic.

Our farm sector is primarily Beef suckler and a small percent Dairy.  We provide advice on vaccination and disease prevention and carry out visits for calving’s, fertility, lameness, routine TB and blood testing. We have a light caseload and small percentage of out of hours work.


  • Working up to 40 hours per week 
  • Across 4/5 days per week
  • 1:4 Saturdays (9am-1:00pm) 
  • 1:4 OOH on call 


Up to £75,000 negotiable D.O.E.
Relocation allowance of up £5,000 & welcome bonus of up to £5,000

About Us

Abbey Veterinary Clinics is a well-established mixed practice located in the idyllic county of Angus, with branches in Forfar and Arbroath. We are near the beautiful glens with major cities such Dundee, Aberdeen, and Edinburgh not too far away either. 

Both clinics are fully equipped, and Arbroath has recently been renovated, with more improvement to come across both sites. Both clinics have digital x-ray equipment, im3 dental machines, and idexx laboratories.

We operate and consult in both clinics daily and see a variety of patients/cases. We provide our own out of hours cover to the local community and pride ourselves on still being able to do so.

Abbey Vets clinics is a nurse training centre. The nurse team play an ever-increasing role in supporting our vets and clients in delivering the services we provide. In addition to managing the theatres and kennels they are responsible for admissions, discharges, post operative consultations, pet health club clinics, blood pressure monitoring and blood sampling. They share the rota for our out of hours emergency service,

About the Team and Culture

Our team is made up of 2 Clinical Directors, 3 Vets, 4 Registered Veterinary Nurses, 1 SVN, 1 ACA, 3 Receptionists, 1 Administrator, and 1 Practice Manager.

Applicant requirements

Ideally, we would like the candidate to have some management or Clinical Director experience, but the role may suit an experienced Veterinary Surgeon looking to step up and learn the skills needed for a Clinical Director.

You must be confident in clinical matters encountered in a mixed practice or a small animal general practice and can lead and support the team, both clinical and non-clinical, and still have the enthusiasm and energy to help the practice and staff progress and flourish.

This is a 90 percent SA 10 percent LA practice, and ideally the successful applicant would share in the mixed workload although for the right person we would consider an applicant dedicated to SA only duties. Must be RCVS registered. Full UK drivers licence essential as company vehicle will be provided. 

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

  • 7.6 weeks 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


  • £1250 CPD allowance with 5 days 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
  • •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.

Please quote BH7625 when applying for this role.

To apply, please email your CV to Margaret via the APPLY button or call 07977242572 for more information.

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