Lead Clinician Veterinary Surgeon

Application close date:April 30, 2019

Interviews to be held:May 7, 2019

We have an exciting opportunity for a Lead Clinician to work alongside Bransby Horses welfare teams, internal and external clinicians and other care providers to drive and oversee the standards of health and welfare of equines within the Charity’s care. This role will provide visible leadership to the teams involved in the medical care of the equines.

Bransby Horses veterinary provision and advice is provided by an internal Veterinary Surgeon and Veterinary Consultant, external contractors and supported by Nottingham University Veterinary School Clinicians and a part time Veterinary Surgeon studying for a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine qualification. We work alongside with a registered EDT/ EqVN who provides dental services and a team of farriers who provide care to our equines.

We are a training placement for Nottingham Vet School final year vet students and there may be opportunities to work alongside the University in the future. We are a RCVS registered ambulatory practice working primarily across our site and with our external welfare team in the community to care for horses that have suffered as a result of cruelty or neglect. In house equipment includes wireless digital radiography, endoscopy and ultrasound with in house laboratory which is supported by larger external laboratories.

There will be a requirement to participate in a 1 in 5 on call rota which is for emergencies on site only.

Job Description

Liase With:

• Team Leaders and Managers
• All staff that are employed or who work on a sub-contract basis for the charity
• Veterinary Team
• Equine Dentist
• Farrier Team
• Partners such as the University of Nottingham
• Other equine care providers

Working Hours: 37.5 but can be worked flexibly

Annual Salary / Pay Per hour: c£40000

Main Purpose of the Job:

Lead the Veterinary Team, including internal employees, external clinicians and partners of Bransby Horses to safeguard the health and welfare of animals under our care. Ensure that all parties work collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes in line with Bransby Horses strategy and ethical guidelines.

Main Duties:

Operational Management
Be responsible for all the timely delivery of surgical and medical treatment of animals under the care of Bransby Horses, in line with the ethical guidelines of the charity and providing best value for money.

Ensure that health and welfare decisions are made collaboratively, using the knowledge of the Bransby Horses Welfare Team, Veterinary teams and partners to the benefit of the equines and in line with Bransby Horses procedures and escalate issues for resolution only where necessary.

Engage with the all welfare staff, Veterinary teams and ensure that teams work together to agree upon schedules of treatment or investigations providing accurate and detailed information that is understandable to the lay person.

Make proposals and draft veterinary / equine health procedures as agreed by the Executive Director of Equine Welfare. Be responsible for implementing, monitoring, auditing and reporting procedures as required.

Be flexible to travel and work nationwide for professional development placements and/or external welfare work/projects as required.

Complete out of hours’ duties on a rota basis as required.

Financial Management
Contribute to financial planning and be responsible for allocated budgets, ensuring that the procurement of goods and services for the department is in line with the charity’s policies and represents best value for money.

Leadership and Management
Oversee the management of all employed Veterinary staff and external clinicians, ensuring that the charity’s values are embedded and delivered by all teams and that staff are trained and developed to be able to work to agreed standards, including compliance to relevant legislation.

Be a role model to the Veterinary Teams across the Charity whether they are employees or external clinicians to ensure that teams work together to ensure the standards of health and welfare of our equines.

Make proposals, plan and deliver equine health training to staff including equine nurse training at Bransby Horses as required.

Provide training, support and oversight to any Veterinary Students on placement or in training as required.

Organisational Development
Keep appraised of, and be compliant at all times with, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Code of Conduct and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and be responsible for developing and implementing improvements to working practice across the Charity.

Keep appraised of developing areas and research within Equine Veterinary Medicine and Animal Welfare Legislation and apply knowledge to the benefit of the Charity and equines within its care. Work to continually expand skills and ensure ongoing personal professional development to deliver clinical excellence.

Health and Safety

Be responsible for the safety of yourself, your team and animals when conducting examinations or investigations and for any treatment administration.

Be responsible for ensuring you and the team maintain a clean and safe working environment, including any vehicles used within the role.

Oversee the appropriate use, storage and disposal of any drugs or consumables for the whole team, limiting wastage. Be responsible for the careful use, maintenance and storage of any equipment used by any of the Veterinary Team.

For all roles:
• Ensure an efficient service and follow the “Supporter Experience Charter” to develop and protect the reputation of the Charity.
• Deal with confidential and sensitive information appropriately following Data Protection and GDPR procedures at all times.
• Read, understand and observe the requirements of Health and Safety Policy and Procedure at all time.
• Develop relationships with other departments as required and work together for the benefit of the charity.
• Build and maintain good relationships with the equine welfare sector and other charity contacts
This is not an exhaustive list of all of the duties that may need to be undertaken. It may be necessary to undertake other duties in order to fulfil the objectives of the charity.

person Specification

Education & Qualifications

• A degree in Veterinary Surgery and Medicine
• A member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Experience & Knowledge

• At least five years of experience of working as an Equine Vet
• Knowledge of up to date equine welfare policies of best practice
• Understanding of Health and Safety and biosecurity within the equine veterinary practice
• The ability to maintain efficient and effective records
• Experience of leading and motivating a team

Application / Interview
Skills & Competencies

• The ability to work independently and on your own initiative
• Excellent communication skills
• Excellent organisation and multi-tasking skills
• Be a good team player
• Be able to work in a busy and pressured environment
• Have the ability to learn quickly and adapt to various situations

Application / Interview
Personal Qualities & Expectations

• Be flexible, self-motivated and pro-active in your approach to work
• Have a polite, friendly and approachable manner
• To promote a professional image of the Charity at all times
• Demonstrable commitment to our charitable objects
• Be an ambassador for the Charity, it’s values and objectives


• Ability to travel across site and within the UK
• To be able to participate in an on-call rota
• Due to the nature of the role evening, weekend and bank holiday work will be required

Application / Interview