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Clinical Director

Copeland Veterinary Surgeons
Stockton-on-Tees, Durham
Salary up to £80K DOE, Plus a welcome bonus up to £5K with additional relocation support up to £3K
Closing date
24 Feb 2023

Job Details

Clinical Director required at Copeland Veterinary Services 

The Role

We have an excellent opportunity for a Clinical Director looking to join our well-established team here at Copeland Vets, Stockton on Tees.

At Copeland vets we offer a varied caseload allowing our vets access to surgical cases every day, we also strongly believe in case continuity, ensuring you can see things through for your patients from start to finish. You will be responsible for leading our small and dedicated team. Day-to-day duties include overseeing the general running of the Practice. Management duties will involve working in tandem with the Practice Director, Practice Manager, Area Director, and Area Support Manager along with a substantial amount of clinical work time operating and consulting. Mentoring and coaching less experienced Veterinary Surgeons is an important part of the role and something you must be willing to embrace.

Due to the support available, it would be a great opportunity for someone looking to take the next step in their veterinary management career.

It is important to us that you are happy at work but equally important to us to provide you with a work-life balance, so we work a 4-day week between the hours of 8:30 am and 7 pm, with 1:4 Saturday mornings working from 8 am – 12 pm. There are no OOH requirements.

The salary for this role is up to £80,000 depending on experience.

We can also offer a welcome bonus of up to £5,000 with additional relocation support of up to £3,000.

About Us

At Copeland Vets, we are a single site well-equipped family-friendly practice with staff who love learning and teaching. Our award-winning facilities are fully equipped with digital x-ray, orthopaedic kit, dental suite, doppler ultrasound, endoscope, PRP and Stem Cell Therapy equipment.
Sharing all our knowledge is something we love to do, your opinion and input matter to us. We say our practice is like a patchwork quilt, everyone has a piece to bring to create the full picture, from the cleaner to receptionists to the Management Team to you, everyone has importance and value in different shapes and sizes. We live and breathe our unique team approach, and we thrive with that ethos.

We are conveniently located near the beautiful North York Moors, Captain cooks monument, Roseberry topping and the Cleveland hills, a beautiful coastline with the best beaches and fish & chips. We are situated in the middle of Ingleby Barwick which is Europe’s largest private housing estate. There are lots of local restaurants to eat out at, and there’s the Globe Theatre a grade 2 Art Deco Playhouse which plays host to comedians, musical theatre, and bands. We also have access to great train links direct to Edinburgh, Newcastle, York, Leeds & London.

About the Team and Culture

We're currently a 2-vet team one of which is in the final stages of securing a certificate in medicine, we also have 6 qualified registered veterinary nurses and additional support staff. We're a happy bunch and are actively encouraged to pursue our own areas of interest. CPD is encouraged and will always be funded for those wishing to expand their knowledge and skills.

Applicant Requirements

We are looking for someone who will continue making the practice a pleasant working environment as this is just as important to us as clinical skills. 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 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. A desire to be involved in the development and growth of the practice is vital. We have available enrolment on the IVC Evidensia Leadership Development Programme if this would be advantageous.

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 including bank holidays
  • 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


  • £1500 CPD allowance
  • 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 and quote reference BH8287.

Please send your CV to Mike via the APPLY button or call 07977243700 for more information.




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