Veterinary Nurse, London animal hospitals, based at Merton
Permanent, full time (part time will be considered)
Blue Cross are one of the UK’s leading animal welfare organisations for animals. We support sick, injured and homeless pets and care for more than 40,000 animals every year through our rehoming, veterinary and education programmes.
What is the role?
How do you feel when you can’t treat a pet because of financial constraints and owner circumstances? Have you been considering a move into charity and be able to help those who are really in need? Would you prefer to talk donations instead of bills?
We would like to recruit an outstanding registered Veterinary Nurse on a permanent basis, to join our team. We are a charity, who pride ourselves on delivering excellent patient and client care. The successful candidate needs to have good general nursing skills, ideally with a surgical bias, but we will happily support you in any areas you feel you need further opportunities to develop and train. You will need to be able to work under your own initiative, but will of course have the support of your manager and team to get the day’s work done!
We are looking for a conscientious RVN with good attention to detail, who can have a great rapport with clients during nurse clinics, someone who can utilise their nursing skills to the full during surgery and anesthetics, as well as assisting the vets and animal care assistants in clinic and laboratory to keep everything running smoothly. It would be even better if you have a specific interest that you are already or would like to pursue! We have a varied caseload although there is less medical nursing as our critical patients are transferred to our main hospital in Victoria for round the clock care. Our nurses cover some duties, which includes evenings, weekends and bank holidays on a rota basis, at our Victoria and Hammersmith hospitals, so we need someone who can be flexible and be able travel to these sites when needed. At Victoria, you will be able to utilise your nursing skills to the full in our fantastic 24 hour hospital.
We have a dedicated reception team, but some cover is occasionally needed from our VN team, so great telephone, reception and organisational skills are also really important to us. Our clients can be very rewarding to help and they are generally so grateful for all the care we are able to give their pets and appreciate the work of the charity. This really is a chance to use your skills to improve pet welfare for our unique client base!
Volunteers are integral to our charity, and we need your help to train them up to our high standards! They are indispensable to the smooth running of the hospital and you’ll soon find you turn your back and that prep room that looked like a bomb had hit it has been magically tidied up, disinfected, surgical kits cleaned and packed.
We are extremely lucky to have a great team of people who really look out for each other and care about their team-mates. We pride ourselves on our no blame culture and run monthly reflective rounds to help process difficult events and promote mental well-being. We also hold regular informal catch ups between line reports and their managers to see how you are getting on and how we can support you further.
Please note that this role can be considered on a part-time basis if you are unable to commit to full-time hours.
Want to know more the detail? Great! We have attached the job description which hopefully gives you everything you need.
What is required?
We are looking for people with the following:
• Fully qualified Veterinary Nurse
• Registered with RCVS
• Confident in all aspects of veterinary nursing
• Demonstrable customer service skills
It would also be great if you had:
• Provision of nursing clinics
• Laboratory skills
• Use of computerized records, as well as good general IT skills
To apply for this role, all candidates must complete the online application process.
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Please be aware that due to the current circumstances with COVID19, interviews will be held virtually.
Salary: £19,780 - £26,220 plus £3,954 London Weighting Allowance per annum
Closing Date: 1 October 2021
We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response.
Blue Cross holds inclusion as a core organisational value. We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified, experienced and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity. We actively embrace our differences and know that it is our differences that make us unique. You are very welcome at Blue Cross, without the need to hide any part of who you are.