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Registered Veterinary Nurse Watkins & Tasker Vets Harbour Rd, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7BL, UK

Practice Type: Small Animal Practice
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time
Pay Range: £ 24,000 - £ 30,000 per year GBP
RCVS Fees Assoc. Subs Funded CPD Discount for own pets Enhanced Paid Sick Leave Pension
Posted on: 13 May 2022


Job Description

If you love working with people, we want to speak with you! Yes, if you love animals too, that would also be really good!


About Us:

We are a well-equipped, modern, forward-thinking Practice as seen on Morning Live (BBC1) and The Pets Factor (CBBC), which has the aim of being the Vets of choice for clients, pets and staff. To back this up we are proud to be a Real Living Wage Employer (more about this down the page!). We are also home to the winner of 2019 Petplan Vet Nurse of the Year. Our team has grown massively over recent years and we now have 13 Vets, 19 members of our Nursing and clinical support team plus 18 Admin Staff who work across our three North Somerset Practices situated in Portishead, Nailsea and Yatton (all 20-30 minutes south of Bristol).


“It is a fun place to work, with people who are 100% committed to working hard to produce a great service for the customers and their colleagues alike. I find everyone to be very helpful and I do feel cared for and appreciated.”Insurance Administrator Jude


Our culture is one of gold standards in all we do, forward-thinking development of the Practice and unleashing the potential of our whole team. Our exciting expansion plans for the Portishead Practice due for completion in May 2022, will mean onsite CT scanner, exotic ward, an additional theatre and total of six consulting rooms plus much more. Is it clear yet that we have big ambitions about what we do where we are going and who is going to get us there!? Do you want to join us for the journey too?


About the Role:

We are looking for a full time, experienced RVN to be able to join the team to undertake a varied role including inpatient care, undertaking a range of nurse clinics and being the procedure’s nurse. Ideally, we need someone for 39 hours per week, a very fair share of OOH shifts and the occasional weekend morning, but exact details will be discussed with successful applicant. All of the team are contracted to work at all three sites and it is likely that this role will be split between two sites.


“I've had a really good experience with starting to work here. It's especially great seeing how close knit the team are and watching everyone work together so well. I have been made to feel really welcome and been involved right from my first day.” RVN Talia


About You:

We are incredibly proud of the team we work with. They are all dedicated, hard-working and have fun when they can but when things get serious, they pull together to get things done. We are looking for a Registered Veterinary Nurse who:


  • Will hit the ground raring to go – we love learning so bring your best ideas
  • Loves a busy and varied small animal case load perhaps with an area of interest which is crying out to be nurtured and developed
  • Places a high emphasis on client and patient care which is why we have invested in equipment such as digital x-ray, ultrasound, dental x-ray, tonometry, piped gases, multi-parameter monitoring, gas sterilization, Class IV laser, full laparoscopy tower which integrates with our scopes, and much more
  • Enjoys being part of a caring team inside and outside of work – Yes, we really do love the team!
  • Has competent or advanced skills in inpatient care
  • Is comfortable with monitoring anaesthetics for routine, orthopaedic or dental surgeries
  • Sees doing our own out of hours service as an amazing opportunity for personal development, enjoyment of case continuity and giving the client/patient the numerous benefits of in-house emergency care
  • Can communicate with clarity and compassion - Communication is one of our buzz words!
  • Has evidenced competence in undertaking a full range of Nurse Clinics and loves the challenge of these present. Even better when you are supported by amazing Vet and Nurse colleagues whose certificate level knowledge oozes from every corner of the practice
  • Has an outstanding pet-side manner means that we know the pet couldn’t be in safer hands
  • Has good knowledge and understanding of our feline friends and bunny buddies (we have ISFM Gold Standard Cat Friendly Clinic and Silver RWAF Awards)
  • Thrives in a conscientious yet flexible and friendly working environment
  • Wants proactive, supported career progression to develop those skills even more
  • Sees there is more to a job advert than a boring list of obvious stuff (yes, of course we do also have all this stuff sorted out, so we have listed some of them below)
  • Wants to work for an independent Practice whose owners are committed, enthusiastic and 100% involved in all areas of the business!


The Benefits:

We know it isn’t all about working with cute puppies and kittens… Well maybe it is a little but don’t take our word for it –


“One major selling point about working here (that I'm loving!!) is that the Management Team care about making sure we don't overwork ourselves. From my experience, things like being able to leave on time, and getting time back in lieu when that's not possible, are pretty unheard of elsewhere!” Vet Louise.


As a Real Living Wage Employer, we are committed to paying our staff a fair wage for their work. All staff receive a wage significantly higher than the Government minimum for over 23s and even more than the minimum Real Living Wage. All roles are banded within a structured pay scale framework which considers experience and additional skills or qualifications.


The other benefits we provide to the team include:

  • Generous staff discount
  • Enhanced sick leave
  • Unlimited CPD budget - if it is right course for you and works for the Practice – win/win!
  • Holiday entitlement which increases with length of service
  • Your Birthday day off – leaving you to enjoy yourself however you want
  • Bonus pay rate per hour for overtime, holiday or sickness cover
  • Monday off after weekend on call plus protocol to allow time off after a busy week day on call
  • Perkbox - access to over 350+ perks, a Birthday Box, free treats and much more
  • Online GP and Employee Assistance Programme
  • Wellbeing Hub - free online meditation, sleep advice and wellbeing support
  • Scottish Widows Pension
  • RCVS fees, VDS cover and professional membership fees
  • Modern, clean and exciting working environment



To Apply:

Please send your CV and cover letter explaining your star qualities to Holly Charlton, Group Operations Director via No agency applications will be considered because we want you to do the introductions! Find us at

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