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Veterinary Nurse


Location: Merthyr Tydfil

Salary: Circa. £21,300 per annum

Hours: 35

Contract Type: permanent

Closing Date: Thursday 2 June 2022

How to Apply: To apply, please submit your CV and short covering letter to quoting reference VN4017 by the closing date 10:00 Friday 6th May 2022. Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to close the advert early once sufficient submissions are received. All online information and documents are available in alternative formats, including Braille and large font, upon request from the Resourcing team. We strongly believe in being an innovative, diverse, and inclusive organisation and recognise that diversity in all of our people will help achieve that purpose and our mission more effectively. We strongly encourage and seek applications from a wide diversity of candidates and in particular welcome applications from minority ethnic, black, and candidates with disabilities, who are currently under-represented at the RSPCA. Ending cruelty, promoting kindness and alleviating suffering to animals.

Do you consider yourself a strong advocate for animal welfare? If so, a career with the RSPCA may be just what you are looking for!
We’re looking for a Veterinary Nurse to join our Clinic in Merthyr Tydfil to assist our veterinary team by helping with nursing, anesthetics and reception duties.
The Veterinary Nurse is fundamental to allow us to continue to provide veterinary care for animals brought in by the inspectorate and owned animals. Our clinic offers low cost veterinary service to those eligible in the catchment area as well as providing emergency veterinary assistance at an unsubsidised rate.

We’re looking for someone who is confident, works well under pressure and is self-motivated to work independently without constant supervision.
Our rota system is life/work balance friendly, with the first shift of the day being 8.00-16.00 and the latest being 10.00-18.00, you’ll only be working on one bank holiday weekend and one in four weekends with two days off in lieu the following week.
At the RSPCA we’ve been at the forefront of animal welfare since 1824 where we were founded in a London coffee shop and we’re proud to be the oldest welfare charity around. With our strategy ‘Together for Animal Welfare’ we want to improve the lives of more animals in England, Wales, and internationally than ever before and without our dedicated staff and volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to achieve all that we do for animals.

What you’ll be doing as a Veterinary Nurse:
The role is focused on direct medical and surgical patient care, utilising your nursing capabilities in both medical and surgical roles
Triage patients for the attention of the veterinary surgeon
Maintain up to date and accurate clinical records
Dispense drugs in accordance with professional guidelines clinic rules
Cleaning and maintenance of all surgical areas, wards, theatres and x ray rooms
Cleaning and basic maintenance of veterinary equipment and machinery (eg radiography, endoscopy and dental) and sterilisation of surgical instruments
Check machinery and other equipment as part of pre-ops and provide assistance to the vet as necessary during operations
Ensure that all clients of the clinic receive accurate itemised bills at the time of treatment and keep full records of these
Undertake continuing professional and personal development associated with the role

You’ll have:

Either a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing or a Degree in Veterinary Nursing
Registration with the RCVS
Good communication skills
A professional approach to veterinary nursing and clinical care
Self motivation and be able to manage your own time
The ability to demonstrate teamwork with veterinary animal centre and Inspectorate colleagues

What’s in it for you:

You’ll have an opportunity to work for the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales.

We value and recognise our employees’ contribution and are proud to offer an extensive benefits package that includes:

35 hours standard working week, 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days with service; a generous pension scheme with associated life assurance and group income protection scheme; access to private healthcare scheme; support for professional development after qualifying period and access to our employee assistance programme. We also offer free parking on site.