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Do you want to create a better world for animals? At the RSPCA, we believe all animals deserve kindness and respect. We work for the benefit of every animal – as well as pets, that includes farmed animals, wildlife, and animals used in science. Choose a career with us and make a difference for every kind.

We're looking for two new Casual Veterinary Nurses. You'll be working as part of the Veterinary team at our Birmingham Animal Hospital, reporting into the Hospital's Nursing Manager. 

  • Working hours: You will work ad hoc shifts at the Animal Hospital - both at weekends and some weekdays. This is a casual, zero hours contract and we are unable to guarantee, nor do we expect you to work, set hours or days. As such the role both requires, and offers maximum flexibility. Work will be on a casual basis and entails filling essential gaps and additional veterinary nursing needs as a result of annual leave, sickness or increased workload.

Birmingham Animal Hospital is located in a charming rural setting amongst 70 acres of countryside, but has excellent motorway access, and is 20 minutes drive from central Birmingham. It consists of a friendly and enthusiastic team of seven Vet Surgeons, twenty RVNs and nine Support Staff.  The Hospital itself is nice and spacious with modern facilities, and equipment. 

The Management team are extremely passionate about personal growth, and are always striving to nurture a thriving environment. 

Our Veterinary Nurses are integral to the smooth running of the busy hospital, as a Veterinary Nurse you will carry out nursing duties to a unique variety of animal welfare cases predominantly cats, dogs and wildlife species.

The hospital works directly to help animals most in need by supporting the work of the RSPCA's Inspectors, animal centres and branches, providing essential veterinary care around the clock; our Veterinary Nurses work on a shared seven hour rota basis.

 

What a day might look like for you

We have added a short summary of what is involved but for full details, please review the attached job description. 

  • Emergency and critical care nursing, including primary triage
  • The role is focused on direct medical and surgical patient care, bringing into play your nursing experience in both medical and surgical roles
  • Maintain up to date and accurate clinical records
  • Dispense drugs in accordance with professional guidelines clinic rules
  •  Maintaining a high level of clinical hygiene and biosecurity throughout the hospital.
  • Anaesthetic monitoring, perioperative nursing care and theatre practice working in a busy and modern operating theatre suite.
  • Undertake continuing professional and personal development associated with the role
  • Welfare and case work support
What makes a great Veterinary Nurse

Please only apply for these roles if you are a Registered Vet Nurse with a current registration with RCVS, along with proven previous experience of working in a relevant discipline, for example within a Veterinary Practice, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Animal Centre or similar. 

Our Veterinary Nurses must also be able to demonstrate that they:

  • Have strong communication skills.
  • Are able to assess and make evidenced based clinical decisions.
  • Are able and willing to work autonomously and be an excellent team player.
  • Have strong prioritisation skills and are highly organised. 
  • Are a strong problem solver, with a proven ability to use their initiative.

 

Final note from us & good luck with your application!

We are really lucky that some of our roles attract a high level of interest and for this reason we review applications as they are received, unfortunately on some occasions this means roles may close earlier than advertised; so early submissions are highly recommended.  We are unable to accept applications past the close date.

We want to ensure we do all we can to give you a positive candidate experience through our recruitment. Whilst we do try to give feedback where we can, sometimes due to receiving high levels of applications, this may not always be possible

We recognise that a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential to achieving our core mission. For this reason we actively encourage a wide diversity of applications - in particular from members of minority ethnic groups, and people with disabilities - as these candidates are currently under-represented at the RSPCA.

Should you need any support with your application or interview process please contact resourcingteam@rspca.org.uk

Our mission is to ensure animals have a good life by rescuing and caring for those in need, by advocating on behalf of all animals and by inspiring everyone to treat them with compassion and respect

 

Benefits

Professional development

35 hour working week (full time)

25 days holiday

Family friendly policies

Pension scheme

Healthcare cash plan

Employee Assistance Programme

Occupational sick pay

Life assurance

Dog friendly policies

Cycle to work scheme

Discount schemes

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  • Salary:
    £15.75 PH inclusive of holiday pay
  • Location type:
    Site worker
  • Location:
    Birmingham Animal Hospital
  • Vacancy type :
    Casual
  • Closing Date:
    30 June 2024
  • Hours per week:
    7
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