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We are seeking a veterinary anaesthetist (ECVAA or ACVAA diplomate or board eligible) to join our anaesthesia team. The team currently consists of 5 senior anaesthetists (3 ECVAA diplomates and 2 residency trained anaesthetists), one anaesthesia intern and 2 nurses (1 VTS anaesthesia nurse and 1 undertaking the VDS). Sadly, one of our senior anaesthetists will be leaving in the next few months and we are looking to fill this position as soon as possible.

The ideal candidate would be an ECVAA or ACVAA diplomate or board eligible experienced anaesthetist.

The successful candidate will be working at Northwest Veterinary Specialists, a busy multi-disciplinary referral hospital, as well as at Eye Vet, our dedicated ophthalmology clinic, located 0.4 miles from each other (less than a 5 minutes drive). You will also take part in the on-call rota.

Northwest Veterinary Specialists and Eye Vet are an easy commute from historic Chester, Liverpool or Manchester. We’re also on the outskirts of picturesque Delamere Forest, with the largest area of woodland in the country, and within easy reach of Snowdonia and the Peak District, so have the best of both city living and rural life on our doorstep.

Our specialities cover anaesthesia and pain management, neurology and neurosurgery, soft tissue surgery, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, oncology, internal medicine, and diagnostic imaging (including on site MRI and CT); and we work closely with other referral centres in our group to facilitate clinical research and access to shared expertise.

If you would like to join our amazing team, we would love to hear from you.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK, be a member the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (or eligible to register with the RCVS), and have a good knowledge of written and spoken English.

Please contact Perrine Benmansour DVM MVetSc Dip ECVAA MRCVS, Head of Service to apply (with your CV and letter of intent) or for any informal enquiries.




JOB TITLE: Anaesthesia Clinician

YOUR MANAGER: Head of Anaesthesia

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Delivery of Anaesthesia Services

KEY RELATIONSHIPS: Clinicians, Residents & Interns / Nursing & ACA Teams / Reception Team

HOURS OF WORK: Full-Time (40 hours) or part-time. OOH on a rota basis (not more than 1 in 4) with time off in lieu for weekends worked (one day per weekend worked)

HOLIDAYS: 30 days plus Bank Holidays for FTE (pro-rata for part-time)

QUALIFICATIONS: Veterinary Degree registered with the RCVS. ECVAA or ACVA Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, or Completion of a residency training programme Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia to be Diploma-eligible.


The Anaesthesia Clinician’s responsibilities are to form part of the team providing anaesthesia and analgesia services to other departments and associates in the hospital, as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Providing pain management referral service to the surrounding primary practitioners is available but not mandatory.

• To provide high standards of expert care to patients, always appropriately balanced against the commercial need to make profit and facilitate the continued development of clinical services in the practice.
• To work with the Head of Anaesthesia to plan and support the development of the service.
• To promote and act as a role model for the practice values of respect, professionalism, dignity and compassion.
• To enact and promote the Mars Five Principles of Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom (
• To maintain an ongoing contribution to case management and liaise with other clinicians, nurses and interns as required.
• To accept and manage the care of patients in a way that facilities smooth operation of the service and the practice as a whole.
• To update clinical records in a timely manner and ensure informed consent has been obtained before procedures.
• To deliver prompt, clear, complete and compassionate communication with staff, owners, referring vets and others.
• To complete appropriate paperwork efficiently.
• To provide support and advice to colleagues as needed.
• To maintain and continue professional development as relevant to your specialism.
• To assist with the training and development of interns, residents, nurses and other staff as needed.
• To work in accordance with the RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct and ensure that registration is kept up to date.
• To take reasonable care of the health and safety of yourself and of others who may be affected by what you do.
• To follow health and safety instructions and protocols, and to attend health and safety training.
• To report hazards, defects, accidents, injuries or incidents that occur in the workplace.
• To carry out any other duties as required and as appropriate to your skills, experience and knowledge and your position here at the practice.

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