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Night Veterinary Surgeon

Portland House Vets (Retford)
Retford, Nottinghamshire
up to £63,000 depending on experience plus benefits
Closing date
16 Feb 2023

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Mixed / Small Animal Night Veterinary Surgeon required at Portland House Vets, Retford

The Role

We are seeking a Night Veterinary Surgeon to join our team here at Portland House Vets, Retford. You will cover our out of hours service for small animal and farm animal (would consider small animal only). Working on a week on week off basis.

Our OOH service operates: 6pm - 8.30am Monday to Friday and on a weekend from 12pm Saturday until 8.30am Monday.

OOH Calls are triaged by the on-call nurse who will then contact the on-call vet.

We offer flexible working patterns that flex with you and your lifestyle. Whether you are looking to flex your rota hours to balance the school holidays, fix to navigate the school runs or just looking to strike that balance between home and work life. We can offer flexibility that actually works for you.


The salary for this role is up to £63,000 depending on experience. 

About Us

Portland House Veterinary Group has been working in partnership with clients in and around the Retford area in one form or another for over 50 years. From Retford we provide services for farm and small animal clients as well as wildlife parks and equine clients. We pride ourselves in providing excellent patient, client, and employee care. We are well equipped with an ultrasound with Doppler and ECG, digital DR Xray, dental Xray, video endoscopy and full internal lab. We believe strongly in delivering exceptional service and care to our clients and their pets. Our Farm services include ultrasound scanning, bull and ram fertility, pelvic scoring, lambing club, client education meetings. We also have VetIMPRESS tablets that provide an electronic data management system to use on farms.

About the Team and Culture

Portland House Veterinary Group consists of 13 vets (with a certificate holder in small animal medicine) and 10 RVNs/2 SVNs with experience ranging from new graduates to 29 years. We also have a fantastic team of support staff. We are a welcoming and friendly team who are enthusiastic and dedicated to working together as a team. You’ll always have access to a dedicated mental health first aider. We’re a very social bunch! The team regularly meets up outside of work.

We have regular pub quizzes, our annual summer BBQ, some of the team participates in the Tough Mudder event as well! We believe strongly in delivering exceptional service and care to our clients and their pets.

Applicant Requirements 

We are looking for an experienced, friendly, and enthusiastic vet who is comfortable with sole charge. You will be skilled at communicating with clients and colleagues and share our passion for excellent client and patient care. Responsibilities include seeing urgent and emergency cases out of hours as well as the further work up and care of the inpatients overnight.

You will be confident in dealing with OOH emergencies and critical care cases. Farm emergency procedures will include lambing, calving, caesarean, prolapse, down cow.

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

  • 6.6 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


  • £1,500 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.

Quote BH8226 when applying for this role.

Please send your CV to Marcus via the APPLY button or call 07977 242 350 for more information.

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