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Epic New Graduate Veterinary Surgeon Required for Small Animal Veterinary Hospital based in Bridgend, SOUTH WALES – Salary £32,500

Calling all new graduates. Fed up with reading generic mass-produced job advertisements? Wanting to work in a modern hospital, working up your own cases from start to finish, with the support of our incredible team of vets, nurses, and support staff? If so, then please read on.

My name is Bleddyn Hobbs, I am a clinical Director here at Maes Glas Vets and I have been given the challenging task of writing this job advert. I must admit, that in the hope of inspiration I sat down and searched current job adverts, finding them to be vague, the roles seeming daunting and full of the usual wording – you would swear digital radiography was a recent introduction, given that every advert seems to go on about it! I then realised, we have a fantastic team of Vets, Nurse, and admin staff and so, rather than do what everyone else seems to have done, I have written this advert along with the help of our amazing team.

The Team

We are a diverse, energetic, and social group of people from all walks of life. Surfers, hikers, footballers, rugby players, ice hockey supporters, kayakers, and dancers to name a few. Unfortunately, those dancers failed to coach the likes of myself during our “viral” Jerusalema dance to mark the first anniversary of lockdown (look on our Maes Glas Facebook page if you fancy a laugh).

Our practice includes a 22-vet team, including Advanced Practitioners in both small animal medicine and surgery, allowing us to not only diagnose and treat the majority of our cases in-house, without the need for referral, but also provide support to other team members in their career progression. Further studies are actively encouraged with many of our vets currently undertaking certificates in medicine, cardiology, surgery and emergency and critical care.

The practice is headed by five young clinical directors – an Irishman, an Englishwoman, Two Welsh women, and a Welsh man – all the makings for the start of a cheesy joke if we walked into a bar. We pride ourselves on being friendly and approachable and aim to nurture all members of staff. You will not find us locked away in our office doing paperwork, you will find us in the consult rooms, operating theatres and in wards working alongside you. We believe that no one member of the team is more important than the other.

The Practice and Ethos

Alongside our main hospital in Bridgend, we have five branches across South Wales. We remain committed to excellent clinical care and extremely high standards, with a silver level cat friendly status from the ISFM and five separate “outstanding” RCVS awards.

Bridgend is a large town nestled between the bright lights of Cardiff to the east and Swansea to the West, the rugged Brecon Beacons to the north and the award-winning beaches to the South. This area offers an abundance for you to do in your downtime away from work.

We at Maes Glas pride ourselves on being a friendly and supportive team of incredible people, working out of a purpose-built hospital with all the mod-cons, for a company that imposes no commercial targets on any of our staff. We are experienced in the nurturing of new-graduate vets, with myself having started work at Maes Glas straight from university almost 10 years ago!

All that we ask of our staff is that they come to work and leave each day knowing that they have done their absolute best.

Yourself and The Role

I remember what it was like to leave University, it feels like yesterday, and I still recognise that although I graduated with day one competencies, it took time for me to develop the confidence in these abilities.

At Maes Glas we are able to structure your learning to include developing consulting, diagnostic and surgical skills with the correct support network, including your own VetGDP adviser and a buddy (a recent graduate for day-to-day support). You will also be enrolled on the VetPartners new graduate program.

With our surgical caseload, we can arrange for you to scrub in as a surgical assistant on procedures prior to performing them under supervision. Once your confidence and competence has developed, you can fly solo with the reassurance of assistance at any time.

I must emphasise that we are not looking for an experienced and highly skilled veterinarian, we are looking for someone who is excited to become an experienced and highly skilled veterinarian. And we would be excited join and support you on that journey.

Rota

All our full-time veterinary surgeons currently work a 1:12 out of hours rolling rota which includes 2-part weekends, 2 Saturday mornings and 1 week of nights. The remaining 11 weeks are an average 4-day week, and on call free. There is always an experienced second on call vet to provide backup during your week of nights.

We understand that taking a job which requires working on an out of hours rota can be a daunting proposition, but our excellent nursing staff will help you get settled in and you will find that working out of hours will quickly become routine. You will see cases which rarely come in during normal working hours and we find that veterinary surgeons who work OOH develop confidence and skills far more quickly than those that have not and enjoy their exposure to interesting cases. With the added reassurance, that the second on call vet is always available for advice and aid.

Package

The package includes 28 days holiday per year which is inclusive of bank holidays, option to buy/sell holiday, 2 weeks full sick pay and 2 weeks half sick pay, Royal College fees, a professional subscription of your choice and health shield membership. Salary £32,000.

How to get in touch

Applicants are very welcome to have a friendly chat to one of the vets, myself, or one of the other clinical directors before applying or coming for an interview to verify all the truths (and more) written here. Applicants wanting to visit the practice are welcome to come and spend the day with us to ensure that you get a feel for our culture, aiding you in making the right decision.

I can be contacted via - directors@maesglasvets.co.uk. What is the worst that can happen? Best case scenario we both realise that we will be the perfect fit for each other, or worst-case scenario you get to experience one of my legendary “zoom tours” of the building, have a good catch up and we wish each other the best with our career paths.

 

 


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