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Equine Nursing Assistant

Are you looking for a new and exciting challenge? Do you thrive on problem solving and working at a fast pace? Do you have experience working with the Equine Veterinary Industry? Then we could have the perfect role for you!

About Us

Due to our upcoming move to a brand-new purpose-built practice premises, we are looking to expand our team and find enthusiastic and fun team members to join us in our next venture.

If you know of Newnham Court Equine, you will know that we are the only proudly independent Equine clinic within Kent. Being independent allows us to have complete control over how we work, from the products we stock to our values and behaviours. Our team have input into the running of the hospital and help shape their own workplace to promote a positive and inclusive culture.

We’re small but mighty! We are an RCVS PSS Accredited Equine General Practice based on the North Downs adjacent to the Woodland Trust in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With all the knowledge, equipment and skills our hospital possesses, there’s very little we cannot do. We have 6/7 veterinary surgeons including 3 certificate holders in varying disciplines and an EBVS European Board-certified Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine. We have an RVN, 2 SVNs and 2 PCAs. Our services are vast, and many can be carried out both in house and on the road thanks to our mobile equipment. From routine health care visits, to complex surgical procedures, we offer a whole encompassing service to the horse owners of Kent. 

As a training practice and keen investors in education and continued professional development, our teams never stop learning and are open to a huge array of training opportunities both in-house and externally. This particular role comes with the potential to gain an industry recognised qualification in Veterinary Nursing.

About the Job

We’re a flexible bunch here, and fully promote a healthy work/life balance. With this in mind, you will be working a three day week as per the nursing rota, 8am-5pm. You will also be required to take part in the OOH emergency rota which is currently 1:4 which includes mid-weeknight duties and weekends.

You will initially be on a fixed term, 12-month contract which could lead to permanent employment, and the chance to train as an Equine Veterinary Nurse, should you show potential to do so.

Salary is dependent on experience but starts at £10 per hour, with overtime payments for OOH. Staff also benefit from 28 days holiday, your birthday off (if it falls on a working day), a CPD budget for training, income protection scheme, discounted gym membership, staff discount for own horse and staff party events.

No two days are the same as an Equine Nursing Assistant, it is a role that will keep you on your toes and at times can be physically demanding. Most days will be based at the clinic, helping the vets by horse handling, setting up for medical procedures, stocking clinical areas, sterilising and maintain equipment, running lab tests, yard duties and most importantly inpatient care.

As a hospital our standards of cleanliness are very high, which means all areas must be kept squeaky clean at all times. There will also be opportunities for you to assist vets out on the road for certain appointments and procedures.

About you

The ideal candidate will be passionate about horses and providing the best levels of care. You will be resilient and quick to adapt in a fast paced and at times high pressured environment. As a small, close team we support each other, a positive attitude, strong communication skills and the ability to integrate into the team are important.

It is essential that you have obtained 5 GCSE’s including (English, Maths and Science - C grade equivalent or above), have experience with working with horses and feel confident handling them.

Must hold a UK driving licence due to location.

If you think that this role could be for you, please complete an online application form. Informal telephone enquiries about the role can be directed to Katie Snalune on 01622 737884.

Candidates will be expected to attend an interview followed by a trial day for those shortlisted.

Closing date: Friday 14th. April 2023 5pm.

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