Receptionist National Living Wage Rayleigh, Essex Medivet Rayleigh - Downes Veterinary Surgeons Full Time, Fixed Term Contract

The Opportunity

We are seeking a Veterinary Care Assistant at our Kenton practice.  As a Veterinary Care Assistant, you will be an integral part of the practice team.

Working with our Veterinary Surgeons, qualified Nurses, and Student nurses to provide exceptional care to our patients.

  • Provide a gold standard service to our patients and clients
  • Following cleaning protocols to maintain cleanliness of the clinical environment
  • Preparing and maintaining medical equipment

This role is 40 hours a week with 1:3 full weekends.

This role will be National Living Wage if you’re aged 21 or over. National Minimum Wage if you’re aged under 21.

Key Benefits

  • Health cash plan from day one (covering dental, physio and optical services) with 24/7 Private GP Service.
  • Life Assurance 3 x salary.
  • Access to 24-hour counselling by phone or in person should you feel you need support.
  • 31 days’ annual leave (including Bank Holidays) rising to 36 with length of service.
  • An additional ‘Day for You’, a paid day’s leave for you to use as you wish.
  • Interest free Season Ticket Loan.
  • Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Discounts on Medivet products and services.

Role Accountabilities

Exceptional care is at the heart of everything we do at Medivet. That’s the care for our patients, our clients and for each other – we really want to make a positive difference through every interaction we have.
In this role you will:

  • Answer client phone calls and manage messages, following up as required.
  • Triage the impact of any emergency appointments, contacting clients to arrange an alternative appointment where necessary.
  • Manage the practice diary to ensure appointment availability is aligned to best practice and available skillset.
  • Ensure appointment slots are available for clients to book online.
  • Carry out reception duties, greeting clients on arrival, and updating records.
  • Process any repeat prescription order requests.
  • Be an advocate of the Medivet Healthcare Plan, and complete relevant sign-up documentation with clients.

Your Skills and Experience

  • Excellent client facing and reception skills.
  • Experience of working as part of a team and building positive working relationships.
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure when needed.
  • Able to prioritise a range of tasks and own workload.
  • Good numeracy skills.
  • Experience in using online appointment booking systems.
  • Administration skills and experience.


  • Previous veterinary receptionist experience.
  • An understanding of the role and importance of regulation and compliance.

About Us

Medivet is a leading veterinary care provider, with practices across the UK including a number of 24-hour veterinary centres and referral centres. We also have a growing presence overseas with practices in France, Germany and Spain.

We’re proud to support a large, connected and growing community of colleagues who provide exceptional care that’s always there. That’s more than a strapline for us, we truly believe every interaction we have matters and that we can make a real difference. This is as true for our colleagues as it is for our patients and clients. Being part of Medivet means being part of a forward-thinking and caring environment with the very best equipment and treatment options available, and the very best treatment for you as a valued member of the team.

This is the home of talented people like you who want to stand out in their field and whose compassion for animals goes way beyond their job. Join us and be part of our exciting plans for the future.

Job number: FR05260