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Clinical Director

Unicorn Vets (Southampton)
The salary will be up to £80,000 depending on experience.
Closing date
29 Jan 2023

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The Role

Are you bursting with ideas to achieve clinical and client excellence? Would you be excited to shape a Veterinary Practice to achieve your vision? 

If so we have an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Director to join our team here at Unicorn Vets. The successful candidate will help lead the team into the future along with the Practice Director and be responsible for both the clinical and financial performance of the group. Day to day you would undertake a clinical role including surgery and consultations with a varied caseload, as well as mentor other members within the team and set clinical objectives to achieve best practice in patient and client care. You would be based across all three surgeries and be involved in the business side of the practice as well as the clinical with support from your area support manager and area director.

The rota will include working 40 hours a week spread over 4 or 5 days with a flexible shift pattern. There will be 1 in 8 Saturdays with a mixture of half days or 4:00pm finishes. There are no out-of-hours involved.

The salary will be up to £80,000 depending on experience.

About Us

Unicorn is a group of three practices that has been in the Southampton area for over 30 years. We have a good client base with a strong focus on patient welfare and high clinical standards. The practice fosters a very supportive and caring environment where real emphasis is placed on ensuring a great work/life balance for all staff.

The Fairfield surgery is on the outskirts of the idyllic South Downs with rivers and forests, while also being a 20-minute drive from Winchester. The Park surgery is a stone's throw from Southampton Common and has a good selection of shops and restaurants. You can also easily hop on a train to be in Central London, or head in the opposite direction and explore the beautiful New Forest with all its nature walks and village pubs. Our Ashurst surgery is located in the middle of The New Forest with a pub and train station right next door. Each area is home to excellent schools and are all lovely places to set up home.

The practices are equipped with digital X-ray, in-house haematology and biochemistry including SDMA, T4, and other extended panels, endoscopy, ultrasound with echocardiography, capnography, tonometry, ECG, and a new K-Laser.

We have a fantastic team of Registered Veterinary Nurses, Student Veterinary Nurses, and Veterinary Care Assistants, along with a dedicated Support Team. We encourage career development and all interests and specialties are welcomed and supported. We have Nurses with focus on behaviour and nutrition.

Applicant Requirements 

We're looking for an experienced Veterinary Surgeon with an interest in management and financial performance, to take a lead role within the practice. To be successful in this role you will be a team player, who has a great work ethic and shares our passion for delivering patient and client care of the highest standard. Experience in a management position is desired but not essential as you will have support from your area director to help you excel in this role.

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 
  • 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
  • RCVS fees 


  • Pawsome Benefits – reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with 100’s of retailers
  • Pension – 5% Employee/3% Employer
  • Discounted staff pet care
  • Relocation allowance up to £5000

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 BH8105 when applying for this role. To apply, please email your CV to Nicola at or call 07977242410 for more information

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