Working with Skylark Vets

Would you like to join our team? Read on for some information about how we work, and whether a position with us is what you – and we – are looking for.

Our values

Team

Here at Skylark Vets, we triumph in our close-knit team and encourage a culture centred around our values. Our team is the most important thing: without a team, we have nothing. We foster accountability and leadership through independence and autonomy, both personally and clinically. Our team members are encouraged to develop personally and professionally, and we support this process with every step.

Care

We pride ourselves on treating our highly-valued clients’ pets the same way that we would treat our own pets and family members. Both our clients and our patients are frequently stressed and afraid – we work to negate the stressors, where possible. Compassionate practice cannot be over-valued!

Communication

The most important part of veterinary practice is communication: without this, we don’t have an audience (or any clients). Communication is only ever on the part of the receiver. We can say whatever we like, but unless we talk in a way that the receiver understands, we may as well go home!

Our focus is therefore on effective communication, in all its forms, to all manner of people. All our clients are valued: we view them as friends and neighbours. We endeavour to communicate in whichever way we can to make things easy to understand.

This also holds true for our team. We are all different people, with different nuances and different priorities. Understanding – and accepting – that someone else’s point of view may be different is the first step towards growth and empowerment.

Trust

We all need to trust each other, whether as team members, or in a professional client : vet relationship.

Honesty and integrity are therefore at the heart of our practice. We will never lie to our clients, nor avoid difficult conversations – even when they are very challenging to have! All news is delivered with compassion and empathy. We take time to explain things – if that can’t be at the time, then on another occasion agreed with our clients.

Our team members talk to one another to solve problems quickly and without fuss. Everyone experiences fear and anxiety at times. We therefore operate an ‘open door’ policy to facilitate conversations and peace of mind within our team. Confiding in one another can be scary, but when we do, it is both liberating and exhilarating! A problem shared really can be a problem halved – or even solved. We support each other every step of the way, but we can only do this by having team confidence and unity.

Still reading?

If you agree with the above statements and are still reading and interested, we may be looking for you!

We have high standards and endeavour to do our best for our patients, clients and for ourselves. With our supportive team, we have a family feeling at work.

Are you are looking for an honest team of caring, supportive, lovely people? Are you prepared to work hard within this supportive network to provide excellent patient care? If so, please get in touch!

We are always looking for new team members. In the absence of an immediate position, we are open to either creating one or keeping your details for future opportunities.

Our setting

We have a lovely, tranquil, rural practice, and are strongly in-favour of part-time working where wanted. Split working between the static and mobile services means our staff get to see the world outside – a rare opportunity!

We strongly disagree with the ‘standard’ model in veterinary practice, and are trying to change the face of the profession. This is sometimes challenging, but we can achieve great things by pulling together! We aim to provide emotional and mental support for our staff, and sensible working hours. This is not always achievable – and we all understand the reasons for this – but we can strive to change, where possible.

Send your CV!

Please submit curriculum vitae to business@skylarkvets.co.uk, or contact us to enquire further about our current positions, listed below.

Currently available roles

  • Veterinary nursing assistant
  • Registered veterinary nurse
  • Veterinary surgeon

Veterinary nursing assistant

Would you like to join our team on a full or part-time basis? We are looking for a caring, lovely person to join our small but busy team. You will help with all aspects of veterinary clinic life: everyone pitches in with everything! Daily tasks such as cleaning, autoclaving, laundry, taking telephone calls and booking appointments will all be included. Training on our practice management system will be provided.

You will be caring for in-patients of a variety of species, ensuring their comfort and support during their recuperation. Vets cannot always give our patients as much cuddle time as we would like to, so this is a mandatory part of the role! No experience is necessary – we can provide training on the job. However, you must be keen to learn, and be prepared to provide gentle care and affection for our varied patients.

You will also support the veterinary surgeon with animal restraint (or offering food bribes whilst injections are given) during consultations. Assistance with procedures and their preparation, and assisting our registered veterinary nurses during our nurse-led clinics, will be required.

Our home visit service is run from our veterinary ambulance. Training will be provided on procedures and routines relating to this. Driving experience may be considered, if desired.

You may be required to assist with clinical governance monitoring to help us continually improve the care we offer. Training will be provided.

The package includes:-

  • Payment of RCVS fees
  • Pension package (for full-time roles or qualifying part-time roles)
  • CPD allowance
  • Enrolment onto our staff discount scheme for your own pets’ healthcare
  • No OOH
  • Only 1 in 3 Saturday mornings

Registered veterinary nurse

We are looking for a full or part-time RVN to join our small, busy team. A minimum of 2 days per week is desired; we are happy to be flexible with available hours, where possible.

As with all of our positions, in our small team, everyone pitches in with everything! Daily tasks such as cleaning, autoclaving, laundry, taking telephone calls and booking appointments will all be included. Training on our practice management system will be provided. The role includes care of in-patients, including nutritional support for our exotic species. You will support the veterinary surgeon during consultations and procedures, monitor anaesthesia, run clinics and give general advice.

Thursdays are currently a nurse-led clinic day. These provide opportunity to run clinics and carry out a range of procedures – including those falling within schedule 3. We offer both static and mobile nurse clinics on Thursdays, so you may well perform home visits on these days. No home visit procedures are offered on Thursdays. Nurse appointments are available at our static clinic most days. 

Training on exotic animal species and our ambulance procedures will be provided. Training on driving the ambulance will be considered. No exotics experience is required, just a desire to learn and to provide gentle and compassionate care for all species.

Clinical governance monitoring is included in the role, and training for this will be provided.

The package includes:-

  • Payment of RCVS fees
  • Pension package (for full-time roles or qualifying part-time roles)
  • CPD allowance
  • Enrolment onto our staff discount scheme for your own pets’ healthcare
  • No OOH
  • Only 1 in 3 Saturday mornings

Veterinary surgeon

Our clinic has grown over the past year, and we are now hoping to expand our available services. We are therefore seeking a full or part-time vet to assist with the static and mobile services. The right candidate must fit in well with our current team members. They must have a positive mental attitude, and be of a friendly and caring disposition.

Be prepared to be a vet and to pitch in with everything else – we are a very small team! Your primary role will be as a veterinary surgeon. However, you may be asked to answer calls, and to help with daily tasks as needed. These include monitoring pharmacy and consumable stock levels. You will also be expected to assist with, or lead, our clinical governance monitoring. Training will be provided.

Sole charge is required, although cases may be discussed via telephone with our current vet. Your role will be split between our static clinic and our mobile service. Training will be provided on our ambulance procedures. When in sole charge, you will also be responsible for supporting our other staff members.

You must be prepared to see a range of species. We are primarily looking for someone comfortable with companion animal species, but you should be prepared to triage exotic species. Telephone or in-person advice is available from our current vet, who has a strong interest in exotic species. Training can be provided, where desired. We are happy to support recently qualified veterinarians.

The package includes:-

  • Payment of RVCVS fees
  • Annual CPD allowance
  • Pension package
  • Enrolment on our staff discount scheme for your pets’ healthcare needs
  • Salary is commensurate with experience
  • No OOH
  • 1 in 2 Saturday mornings