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Farm Veterinary Surgeon

Employer
Fosse Way Farm Vets
Location
LE9 9FL, Leicester
Salary
Up to £55,000 depending on experience, plus benefits
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Category
Farm / Large animal
Sector
Practice
Role
Veterinary Surgeon
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full-time, Part-time

Farm Veterinary Surgeon
Fosse Way Farm Vets
Up to £55,000 depending on experience, plus benefits 

Fosse Way Farm Vets is an IVC farm-only practice that opened in November 2022. We formed as an established group of colleagues who have worked together for many years, and since opening Fosse Way we have taken on new team members and rapidly become a highly reputable brand amongst the farming community. We are based in central Leicestershire and service dairy, beef and sheep farms throughout the county and surrounding areas.

Our current team consists of five vets, some of whom are part-time, with two more assisting out of hours. One of our Clinical Directors has a certificate (CertCHP) and the other has a PhD in dairy cattle lameness, and we are launching a veterinary consultancy branch within the business in June 2024. We have two ATTs/ Vet Techs, developing Vet Tech services and helping keep TB testing to a minimum for vets, and two in our office team. The current position is to fill the vacancy of a vet who is relocating. At the same time, we are expanding rapidly, so require a farm vet to join our team and add to the service we are providing to farmers. We are a close-it bunch and some often go out for meals and theatre trips together, which is of course not obligatory!

The dairies we work with supply a range of retailers including Tesco and Long Clawson (makers of Stilton cheese). The beef farms include large suckler herds, calf rearers and beef finishing units. We deliberately do not provide veterinary work for species other than cattle and sheep, so we can provide the best possible commercial, farmer-centric, service.

A typical working day for you would involve routine fertility visits for dairies, health planning and reactive work too, whether for sick animals, disease outbreaks or obstetrics. Seasonal elements include PD and blood sampling with our suckler herds, and you will have the freedom and support to lead the farms and advance any area of farm veterinary medicine that is required.

We have TotalVet, Interherd+ and VetImpress, and encourage their use for regular reporting of data to our farms to deliver value and maintain engagement. We run regular benchmarking meetings, whether for dairies on udder health, fertility and youngstock health, or for beef and sheep farms on fertility and disease KPIs, and consider these meetings a key part of our identity.

Being part of IVC we are well supported with CPD. IVC runs a “Farm Congress” twice per year, a two-day event to which all practice members may have time away to attend. It is excellent for networking and just having fun! There is no limit to the CPD you can do, provided it has the potential to add value to our offering as a practice. 

You may have either a twin-cab pickup truck e.g. a Ford Ranger or Toyota Hilux, or a van, as per your preference, which will be available for personal use if you wish.

The out of hours rota is 1:4. Our out of hours is exceptionally quiet because we work predominantly with large farms who employ well-educated staff. This is deliberate, to reduce workload for vets out of hours and we will keep it this way. 

 

Minimal TB testing as we have two ATTs. We are also running and expanding our Vet Tech services, which are centred around mobility and calf health. 

We are offering: 

  • Salary up to £55k, dependent on experience
  • Full time position, working hours 8am-5pm, 9 days per fortnight
  • Part-time considered
  • To become the fourth vet in our new and expanding practice
  • Dairy, beef and sheep work only
  • Access to the IVC Farm Clinical Board and subgroups
  • Well-educated farmers, making the out of hours work quiet with very few calls
  • 1:4 OOH rota
  • Either a twin-cab pickup truck (Ranger or Hilux) or a work van provided as per your preference, available for personal use
  • CPD supported and encouraged; no cap
  • RCVS and VDS fees paid
  • IVC Evidensia staff benefits, outlined below

Because our people 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
  • Your birthday as a paid day off

Wellbeing

  • 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

Development

  • £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 £1250 per annum to spend via our Care Fund
  • Infection Prevention and Control Programme
  • Quality Improvement Programme

Professional Memberships

  • BVA membership
  • VDS cover
  • RCVS fees

Additional

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

For a confidential chat or to discuss this role in more detail, please contact Hannah Williams, Talent Partner, on hannah.williams@ivcevidensia.com / 07977252868.

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