Vet Nurse Unicorn (VNU) Required For Practice in NW London
Are you one of those amazing nurses (we call them unicorns) who manage to run their day effectively and with compassion for the animals, yet can still keep everyone around you smiling?
Would you be up for helping us to start a brand new chapter in our history and take the practice in an exciting new direction where everyone can win?
Do you like using protocols and checklists, so things run smoothly?
Are you a clinical coach who loves taking trainee nurses under your wing and passing on your skills, so you help grow the next generation?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then please read on…
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 the practice four 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. 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.
This means there are going to be lots of exciting opportunities for doing meaningful work from working as a clinical nurse, to running clinics, to helping to build our educational library and training and development program.
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 our nurses and having a huge role to play in creating and running this kind of service. We also employ care assistants so you are free to do the things only registered nurses can do.
It means we are looking for people who look at old ways of doing things, put them under the microscope and ask, does this still work? Is there a better way? We want people who are hungry to learn and we are happy to support and fund this growth.
We have created a really exciting vision (we’ll happily share this with you) and have built a the team capable of bringing this dream to life.
One of our ambitions is to find and implement an “employee owned” co-operative model of succession so the people who contribute so much of their lives to working in it 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 simply selling out to corporations, we think this model is the way forward in helping to preserve our culture and make sure everyone benefits in the long run.
Alongside the investment we’ve made in reshaping the team, we’ve also invested heavily during COVID in systems and equipment to further enhance our standards of care.
In terms of what we are like as a clinical 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.
Hopefully the message we’re getting across is that we have a clear vision, believe in growth opportunities for individuals and want to see all of our people thrive and be rewarded as we bring our vision to life.
You’ll be a qualified veterinary nurse or final year student vet nurse with at least a year of experience in small animal practice. You’ll appreciate being part of and contributing to a team that enjoys working together as well as playing together.
At work you’ll be someone who enjoys the interaction with people, you’ll also be really good at handling multiple things happening at once. In fact, you are occasionally mistaken for an octopus because you simply must have eight arms in order to work the brilliant way you do!
You’ll be a fan of checklists because they help you to get everything done and you pride yourself on working to a high standard whether that’s clinically or hygiene.
You love being a vet nurse. And the best thing in the world is seeing that sick pet eating again as a result of your effort, or the moment a puppy enters the building or seeing the wagging tail, or the joy of a pet reunited with its owner following surgery.
There are a few other things that matter to you in your work, these are things like conscientiousness, honesty, teamwork, fun, kindness, growing & learning. These things also matter a great deal to us, so we’ll probably get along well if so.
One of the biggest challenges any vet clinic faces is ensuring things get started on time. We’re no different, so you’ll need to be confident enough to chase our vets to get started and keep things running smoothly.
You will need to be prepared for operations, give safe, reliable care of the animals before, during and after procedures and make sure all instruments, materials and drugs are prepared and ready for use for each op.
You will need to ensure animals are kept under control and are prepared, ready for procedures. This includes keeping all animals safe and healthy before, during and after procedures, restraining animals so that the vet has the required access and, very importantly, that the animal is comfortable. (No need to worry about the vet, they can take care of themselves).
We like our animals to wake up safely after each procedure so you will be responsible for ensuring anaesthetics are carried out safely.
It will also be part of your duties to keep any infections contained and make sure all areas, equipment and material are kept clean.
You will need to make sure the equipment here is ready for use and in good working order.
You will be responsible for managing stock. As a small practice, we don’t want to hoard unnecessarily, but we need to make sure that we are never stuck because we have run out of a medicine or vital tool.
You will need to follow our existing protocols but also ask questions of and improve these over time. The protocols we have exist to make sure that things happen smoothly and on time, we keep our patients and staff safe and we give our patients the things they need when they need them. So they are important, but there are not set in stone and should be updated as better ways of working are discovered.
You will need to be able to enter data and keep it up to date and accurate so we do not make mistakes or let our clients down.
When you deal with our clients in nurse clinics, you will need to make sure they have the information they need to keep their pets healthy and they know what the plan for their pet is. We like our clients to know how their pets are after a procedure, and you will be responsible for making sure that they get that information.
We are especially passionate about developing our people. So, you will get plenty of training so that you can improve your skills over the years. And we will want to make sure you have a development plan in place.
Finally, it is essential that you love what you do and like to have fun doing it.
To be considered for this role you must:
Be an RVN or 2nd year student nurse.
Have a pointy horn growing from your forehead.
Have an extreme love of galloping hard under rainbows.
In return for being a great part of this team for 40 hours each week, we offer a great package including:
Base salary from at £24,000 (if RVN) but negotiable based on your experience.
Medical health insurance
CPD budget (unlimited by agreement)
Discounted pet care package.
Birthday off each year in addition to standard holiday allowance.
Membership fees and professional liability insurance paid.
Package is worth at least £28,000.
Profit share performance bonus.
Share performance bonus.
If you’ve managed to read all this and you are still interested plus your hooves are not a dreadful impediment to typing, then email your CV and cover letter explaining why you would be a great new team mate to Dr Dave Nicol at the Roundwood Vets email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you very soon.
Meet Becky one of our veterinary nurses.
"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."