Veterinary Surgeon

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Dependent on experience
Full Time
Fixed Term Contract
35 hours per week, plus the provision of some weekend cover and emergency cover on a roster basis.

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We are looking for a Veterinary Surgeon to provide a high standard of cost-effective clinical care and customer service, treating Battersea inpatients and outpatients across all Battersea sites where required.

About us

Battersea is here for every dog and cat and has been since 1860. We are a leading animal welfare charity and over the last 160 years we’ve grown from one home in London to three rescuing and rehoming centres across the South East. With c500 staff and 1000 volunteers, we have cared for over three million vulnerable animals We also campaign tirelessly to make things better for dogs and cats; sharing our expertise and educating the public and policymakers about responsible pet ownership. Join us and make a difference for every dog and cat.

Our Clinic Team

Battersea has always welcomed every animal in need of our help, whatever their condition, and this means that we deal with challenging and complex cases on a daily basis.

The team provide the highest standards of care in all clinical procedures, surgery, preventative medicine and infection control, observing the best principles of shelter medicine and working in our newly built, state of the art facilities.

Our clinic is RCVS accredited with three surgical theatres, a separate dental suite with radiography, digital radiography and high quality ultrasound. Last year alone, we carried out 77 BOAS surgeries and on an average day will perform up to 20 varied operations.

To assist with recovery, we also have a 6 metre hydrotherapy pool and water walker on site. We have separate dog and cat facilities and have achieved gold standard in iCatCare’s ‘cat friendly clinic’ programme. We are also an approved training centre for student veterinary nurses and have a number of our team studying for further qualifications.

You’ll have plenty of time to provide hands-on care for our animals and to support them on their whole journey through Battersea, from arrival to rehoming. What’s more, you’ll be working alongside colleagues across the charity to make a difference for every animal that comes through our gates, whether that’s our large volunteer and fostering team or helping out at events. We are all here to champion rescue animals when it comes to finding the best possible outcome and there are no financial constraints to the care that we provide. We are also official partners with StreetVet, providing them with kennel space, clinical and fundraising support.

You can view our London facilities here -

What we can offer you

We offer our employees a wide range of benefits to reward them for the value that they bring to Battersea, to support them in their work, to help improve their health and wellbeing, and maintain a healthy work-life balance. These include:

• 28 days annual leave per year (not including 8 days paid public holidays per year)
• Generous pension contributions – up to 10% employer contribution
• Professional membership fees
• 5 days per year pro-rata CPD training/conference attendance
• Cost-price veterinary care for your own dog(s) and cat(s)
• Annual interest-free season ticket loans and cycle to work scheme
• Free healthcare cash plan where you can claim for a range of treatments including dental (£100), optical (£100), physiotherapy, chiropody and acupuncture (£325) every year.
• Discounted gym memberships and access to Battersea’s many social clubs and activities.
• Subsidised meals through Battersea’s brand new onsite café facilities

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Battersea

At Battersea, we are committed to providing equality of opportunity, and developing and supporting a diverse workforce and inclusive culture in all aspects of our organisation. We aim to ensure that this pledge, reinforced by our values, is embedded in our day-to-day working practices and our work together.

By hearing from and valuing different experiences, perspectives and contributions, we know we can provide the best expert care for every dog and cat who needs us. We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities and from members of minority ethnic communities, who we know are currently under-represented at Battersea.

As a Disability Confident Committed employer, we're happy to discuss any support or personalisation you may need during your application and/or interview process as part of our workplace adjustments. Please contact or 020 3887 8341.

Closing date: 25th February 2024

Interview date(s): w/c 4th March 2024 - w/c/ 11th March 2024

If you think you’re a good fit for the role, and you’re passionate about dogs, cats and our work, then we’d like to hear from you.

For full details, please download our recruitment pack.

To apply for the role, please click the button below. All applications must be submitted before the closing date advertised; we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a high volume of applications is received.