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Rossdales is seeking a dedicated veterinary surgeon to take a lead role in anaesthesia provision in our busy and renowned equine veterinary hospital.

The successful candidate will be a team player and integrate with our multidisciplinary specialist team.

Our critical care patients encompass all age groups and we have a busy neonatal caseload with excellent facilities for both neonatal and adult intensive care.

Clinicians are supported by a highly skilled nursing team and hospital-based interns.

Applicants should hold or be eligible for a further qualification in Veterinary Anaesthesia at European or American Diploma level, and preferably hold or be eligible to apply for RCVS recognised Specialist status.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. This is ideally a full time position, however part time working will also be considered.

For further information please see the full job description below.

Application Process and Timeline

If you would like to discuss the role please contact Cat Mackenzie by email on or call 01638 577754.

To apply, please submit your Curriculum Vitae and a letter of application to

Closing date: Thursday, 30 September 2021

Job Description

1. Purpose

The purpose of this document is to set out the main aspects of the job within Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons. It will not be an exhaustive list of all duties but should set out the overall expectations of the role from Rossdales and define the main requirements for the jobholder.

2. Job Title

Veterinary Associate

3. Department

Rossdales Equine Hospital

4. Location

Exning, Suffolk

5. Reports to

Internal Medicine Director

6. Direct reports


7. Hours of work

Monday to Friday 08:00 – 18:00 with a one hour unpaid lunch break.
Contribution to the out of hours rota (alongside junior intern).
Other hours including bank holidays may be required in accordance with the business needs.

8. Main aspects of the job

Role overview – To provide a clinical anaesthesia service including support for the interns performing general anaesthesia. To integrate with the team and provide expertise on critical care. To assist other clinicians in the delivery of intensive care and pain management.

The main aspects of this role include (but are not limited to):
• Provision of general anaesthesia and chemical restraint.
• Providing supervision and training for the interns in anaesthesia.
• Taking responsibility for equipment used for general anaesthesia.
• Assisting other clinicians in the delivery of intensive care and pain management.
• Performing out of hours service to support the junior intern.
• Ensuring excellent communication with clients.
• Ensuring excellent communication with referring vets, and to offer advice and expertise as required.
• All aspects of critical care and intensive care for adults and foals.
• Ensuring veterinary reports are written and sent promptly.
• Maintaining appropriate contemporaneous medical and anaesthetic records.
• Assisting colleagues in the ambulatory practice if required (for example field anaesthesia and pain management).
• Contributing to clinical governance and quality improvement of anaesthesia.
• Sharing knowledge and expertise within the Rossdales team.
• Lecturing and teaching - client events, CPD and conferences as required.
• Carrying our clinical research and publishing as appropriate.
• Assisting in other areas of the Practice as required.

9. Organisation structure

The organisation structure is available on the Rossdales Team Intranet.

10. Appraisals

Rossdales aims to complete appraisals on an annual basis.
Probationary reviews are held on or around three months from the start date.

11. Confidentiality

All employees are required to ensure confidentiality is maintained at all times. Further information can be found on the Rossdales Team Intranet or requested from HR.

12. Health & Safety

It is the responsibility of all employees to ensure that Health and Safety requirements are maintained at all times in accordance with the Employee Handbook and the Health and Safety Policy, available on the Rossdales Team Intranet or from HR.

Rossdales is an equal opportunity employer.

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