Stay-versify Vet For PT Role In Fun & Supportive London Vet Clinic.
Do you still like being a GP vet, but are now looking for a position where you can show up and be your best for 2 days, then get back to whatever else has your attention for now (like art, music, children or whatever your version of fun looks like?)
Do you like helping people (including clients), curing rotten mouths and helping older grey-muzzled pets live well?
Are you a good storyteller who can engage clients with your tales of veterinary heroism?
Are you able to add value to a team beyond your clinical skills and help those around you to have a great day and get better at what they do?
Are you just sick and tired of crappy treatment and want to be somewhere where you are valued, listened to and the leaders care?
If so, then read on, we may have just the role for you.
About Roundwood Vets
We took over a single vet, slightly broken practice, three years ago. In that time, we’ve seen it quadruple in caseload, completely transformed our client base and purchased all the equipment you’d expect in a modern vet clinic, plus we’ve renovated the building to bring some colour and spark some joy in our “work-home” each day. We are an independent practice, happily thriving, because we enjoy what we are doing.
We have grown by focussing on looking after clients, each other and pets. We’re a tight unit who work to a high standard, but we’re not at all intimidating. In fact, looking from the outside in, we probably seem a little dorky. But we’ve worked out a way of doing veterinary medicine that seems to work well. Now, we have an opportunity to take on a new experienced team member (taking us to three vets) to work alongside Dr Hannah the team leader so she can focus on supporting and leading the practice more as it grows.
We have set things up to allow us to work to a high standard, but in a way that allows people to flourish. So, for example, to perform our anaesthetics, we use the best drugs and everything gets fluids. We use anaesthetic monitors, we use safe heating blankets, we train, we record incidents and we review our practice and process in a no-blame way. So it’s the safest it can be for our patients.
With our dentals (we do a lot of these - so if you hate dentistry then we’re probably not going to be a great fit for you), we take radiographs and photos of everything. We use the best, well-maintained equipment. We have access to brilliant, online training materials and we practice our skills on cadavers to get good.
In terms of culture, you can also expect a friendly, welcoming and open culture from top to bottom. Ego isn’t a welcome guest here. We value talented but humble team-mates. But that doesn’t mean meek, our team are great fun and have a good laugh.
None of us is the finished article, we’re all learning, growing and moving forward. And we want to work with people who push us to get better, who call us out with compassion and kind intent when we might be wrong, and gently steer us back in the right direction if we drift off course.
Our role as a practice is to enable people to see and work towards their potential - we see the time people spend with us as a stepping stone along the way.
All of this sounds great and makes us sounds perfect, which would be a lie. We’re not and we do make mistakes. And we also have to make some difficult decisions - like all humans and practices. But when we get it wrong we are smart enough to say sorry and make things right. And when we have to make decisions that other people might not like, we do ask for input and act transparently.
Team harmony and culture matter just as much to us as helping pets.
We are looking for someone who can fit our team culture and values. Those values and how they influence our behaviour are why we have such a special team vibe. So here’s what matters most to us as a team:
If these things matter to you too, there’s a very high chance we’ll get along well.
You’ll need to have at least two years experience (the more the better), someone who is past the stage of needing their handheld for the basics.
We need someone who can work effectively with fellow humans. Someone with charisma, who builds trusting relationships with ease. Someone who can help clients understand what the right thing to do is, by telling great stories. Someone who likes to learn and help others to grow too.
We do have clear guidelines and expectations about how you work, but we’re not looking for someone who will work themselves into the ground, you should know how to look after yourself as well as animals because if you break, no-one wins.
You might be a little rusty after some time out, or you might have burned out working 50 hours a week without thanks. No matter, you have skills and we know you can be a very valuable as a part of this team.
You’ll be able to perform dentals, routine soft tissue operations and medical workups. You’ll be able to use imaging like X-rays and maybe even ultrasound (though we can train you in this if you like, so don’t worry if this is not a skill you have).
You’ll be the type of vet who is OK with working with and helping to advance our standards of care. (Not all vets like this, which is fine, but we like to have some basic guidelines to work with to improve patient outcomes and client consistency.)
You’ll be a person who can manage time, priorities and gets the work done each day.
If you’d bear with us, there are a few other things we’d like you to feel good about too:
• "us" - your vet tribe.
• Your clients - if you can do clients then you can do vet med. If you can't then you are in trouble.
• Your patients (obvs).
• Really, YOU in quite a big way.
• Money and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it. It'll never come first, but it is there and we all need to work on this.
• We want you to be willing to learn and grow.
• We want you to help others in the team learn and grow.
• We want you to be willing to be amazing.
• We want you to leave your ego at the door.
• We want to laugh and cry with you at the shit we have to deal with.
• We want to be able to have a beer (or wine/soft drink of your choice) with you after work.
• We want you to understand that the owners of this practice care very deeply about helping you get where you want to go and helping you become what you can be.
• We want you to accept that you are not perfect, that none of us is and that's OK. Failure is OK as long as you learn.
• We want you to be happy.
If you can do that, we'd be very, very proud to call you a teammate.
(And if you can be that, or be willing to work towards it.... could you also never leave?)
About The Role
OK, so thanks for reading all the way down. We'd better talk about this role then.
We need a part-time vet for two 8-hour shifts each week on a Monday and Tuesday (this is negotiable), plus a Saturday morning (9am-1pm) every third weekend.
You’ll be consulting, performing dentals, work-ups, diagnostics and medical/surgical treatments.
There is no on call and we don’t work on Sundays.
We’re a small practice, but we want to pay our people fairly. So we have a package that is linked to experience and includes:
Prorata'd base salary of £40,000-45,000 depending on experience.
Plus medical health insurance.
Plus VetX:Thrive community membership.
Plus CPD budget (by agreement and alignment with shared objectives)
Plus discounted pet care package.
Plus London travel allowance.
If after reading all of this you might be interested, then please click the APPLY NOW button and complete our online application form in confidence.
Thanks for reading. We can’t wait to hear from you. :)
Meet Dr Hannah Parkin our practice owner.
Meet Becky one of our veterinary nurses.
Meet Janice one of our veterinary care assistants
"The treatment that we got for Ace was brilliant. The team kept us informed at all times and the friendly atmosphere of the practice also gave us a lot of confidence that we made the right choice"
“Everyone in the lovely Roundwood Vets team is so warm and conscientious. I’m so impressed with the care and treatment they’ve provided for my nervous rescue dog”
"Dr Hannah and her team are the most caring professionals, my pets cannot be in better hands."