In-home Euthanasia and Palliative Care Veterinarian Required, London
Are you a compassionate veterinarian who loves helping older pets at the end of their life?
Do you generally like stability and clear processes, but have the ability to be adaptable and think on your feet when things don’t quite fit the normal mould?
Are you an empathetic listener who is capable of helping families navigate an emotionally challenging time?
Are you OK with some solitude when working and spending time on the road?
If this sounds like you, then please read on. We think we have a role that you might enjoy.
You’ll be a veterinarian with at least two years of experience in general practice. During this time you’ll probably have worked out that getting along with clients is really important. We want to hear from you because you’re empathetic to the needs of others and care to help them get what they need.
GP work was fun, but you’re now looking for something where the workload is more predictable and manageable.
Along the way, you’ll have discovered a love of helping the older grey muzzled pets. You might even be one of those vets who runs past the puppies and makes a kind of squishy coo-ing noise whenever you see an older dog or cat in the waiting room!
As a vet, you’ll have reached the point where you know how to help clients make good decisions, even if they are difficult ones. A part of which will be the skill of taking complicated information and distilling it down to simple terms so the families understand their options.
You’ll be someone who likes to have the certainty of a process to follow, but can take that process and apply it as the situation requires. You’ll have to euthanise some pets in their favorite locations - like in the garden, or on a bed - so being adaptable to the situation is really important.
It’s also really important that you are an organised person who prides yourself on both your professionalism and attention to detail. This is because we need someone who is reliable at the administrative side of this role like getting your medical notes done, tags applied correctly, answering emails and communicating the plan for a pet in a timely way. We know that this is not everyone’s forte, but it has to be yours because as you probably know, the first and especially the final appointments are the most important and impactful interactions vets have with pets and their families.
Roundwood Vets exists to support and enrich the lives of the pets, families and the community we serve. We’ve been on quite a journey since taking over a London practice five years ago when there was just one vet and nurse! Since then we’ve more than quadrupled in size and over the next four years, we plan to do the same again in some very innovative ways. Our objective is to serve more than 3000 families each year across London using a mixture of old and new methods of delivering healthcare - all blended together.
For example, we’re investing in technology to help improve standards of care but also in improving the way we communicate with and reach pets and their families in the community. We see having a community based mobile vet who is able to go into home to deliver end of life care as an essential part of this evolution.
In terms of what we are like as a practice, we think of ourselves as being a bit like a family doctor. We are definitely here to help the local community and their pets. We believe in giving clients the time and attention they need to make good decisions for their pets and in building strong relationships with clients and each other. We are also selective about what clients we work with and we have an excellent client base as a result of this care.
And last, but in no way least, a word on our culture. We have a set of values which are baked into our being. These matter because when we live our values, we create an amazing culture. So here they are in short form: Honesty, Conscientiousness, Kindness, Teamwork, Fun and Growth. We’ll happily expand on them in long form when we meet. If you share these values we’ll get along.
One of our plans for this year is to implement an “employee ownership model” so the people who contribute so much of their lives to working in the practice can get a share of the success. Because let’s face it, we all put so much on the line to do this job, there really should be better rewards. When so many others are selling out to corporations, we think a co-operative model is the way forward in helping to preserve our culture and make sure everyone benefits in the long run. To that end, we are launching a share incentive scheme for all staff in addition to our generous salary and rewards package.
Hopefully the message we’re getting across is that we have a clear vision, like to innovate, believe in sustainable opportunities and a better life for our people.
About The Job
OK, so thanks for reading all the way down. We'd better talk about this role then.
We are looking for a full-time vet to work with us to expand and develop our end of life care service in London and the home counties. The work requires someone willing to be flexible and available, but is also a very planned workload where you are going to gradually build up to approxiamtely 60 appointments in a month (compared to almost 500 in general practice). So the pace of life will be dramatically different. You'll also be driving a lot, dealing with emotionally vulnerable families.
This role is basically perfect for an empathetic vet who is done with the mayhem of general practice life. Someone who wants to help families make the big decisions. Someone who is happy in a car, willing to think outside the box to help families, and probably loves a good podcast or audiobook while driving.
The day structure needs a bit more explanation, but we’ll get into the details of this when we talk. There is no on-call associated with this role.
Your role as a Roundwood Hospice & Euthanasia Veterinarian will involve many rewarding activities including:
Offering in-home euthanasia services to patients across your area.
Offering advice and hospice care to geriatric and terminally ill pets - this will be done in home and also via telemedicine.
Assisting families with quality of life decisions.
Helping to build your area by visiting local practices to spread the word about what we do and foster strong relationships with partner practices.
You will be driving, so a valid driver's license and a well-organised vehicle capable of safely transporting pet bodies for aftercare is essential.
Salary and Benefits
Base from £40,000/yr.
28 days of paid leave each year plus your birthday.
Additional holiday for every year of service.
If this role sounds exciting and our culture sounds like a place you’d like to work then we’d love to hear from you. To apply, please send your CV and a short cover letter introducing yourself and telling us a bit about you to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wanted an informal pre-application chat then please DM on instagram or Facebook @drdavenicol. Very happy to talk through your questions.
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