Overseas Veterinary Surgeons

The UK is at the forefront of the veterinary industry and we have fantastic opportunities for experienced Veterinary Surgeons from around the world to join our progressive community.

As an accredited A-rated sponsor, we can support your move to the UK and issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for Tier 2 (general) visas to Veterinary Surgeons.

We also offer attractive relocation packages that include flights, accommodation and a vehicle to help ease the stress of moving and settling in the UK. Our dedicated teams are always there to help make everything as smooth as possible.

At the front line of delivering exceptional care that’s always there, you’ll play an integral part in everything we do. From routine health checks to advanced surgeries, you’ll work directly with clients and their pets to offer care that’s bespoke to them.

In selected regions we offer vets a four-day week, which is unusual in the corporate veterinary world. Also unusual is our integrated way of working across practices, which we call our hub-and-spoke model. By connecting to our network of referral centres, you’ll share technology and expertise and get support with your cases. This model also means you’ll have the opportunity to work in a hospital setting.

We have various roles available to suit any vet at every stage of their career:

Veterinary Surgeons

Our Vets provide essential support to Lead Vets or Branch Partners in delivering care to clients and their pets. This includes covering days off, holidays and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) days, either at one practice or several practices in a local area as a Mobile Veterinary Surgeon.

Lead Veterinary Surgeons

Our Lead Vets are responsible for leading the practice and its staff in providing the very best care to clients and pets. You’ll also have an active interest in the running of the practice and be rewarded for its success.

Night Veterinary Surgeons

Our Night Vets help deliver out-of-hours care at one of our 24-hour emergency centres, providing pets with life-saving treatment and carefully monitoring them whenever they need it.

Branch Partners

As an experienced Veterinary Surgeon, you’ll also have the option of buying into an existing Medivet practice and becoming a Branch Partner. This allows you to part-own a practice and take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the business while continuing to deliver exceptional pet care.

Salary and benefits:

  • Competitive salary, including London weighting
  • Four-day week (in select regions) – rare in corporate vet industry
  • Access to integrated systems and network of referral centres
  • Generous weekend package (one half-weekend in three, or one full weekend in six)
  • £1,500 CPD allowance with three days’ CPD leave
  • VDS, RCVS, BVA fees paid
  • Five weeks’ annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Paid sabbatical after every five years’ service
  • Company discounts and reward scheme
  • Access to Employee Assistance Programme
  • Additional benefits, including 100% attendance scheme and ‘peternity’ leave

Progression and development are at the heart of everything we do, and we’re dedicated to supporting you as you continue your career as a Veterinary Surgeon. Through regular performance reviews and catch-ups, we provide you with a wealth of opportunities to develop your skills in whichever way you choose.

As a Veterinary Surgeon with Medivet, you’ll receive a £1,500 CPD package, plus three days, which can be used towards external training in a wide range of areas. Certificate sponsorship is also available, allowing you to pursue a specific area of veterinary care and further your expertise.

We understand that life as a vet can be challenging, so we also offer internal courses to develop your soft skills, including personal effectiveness and handling difficult conversations with clients, ensuring you have all the tools you need to succeed.

Find out more about career progression

There are several rewarding career paths available to our Veterinary Surgeons.
These include:
  • Mobile Veterinary Surgeon/Assistant Veterinary Surgeon
  • Lead Veterinary Surgeon
  • Night Veterinary Surgeon
  • Branch Partner
  • Regional Director
  • Deputy Head of Clinical Operations

There are various requirements depending on where you’re from, but you’ll need to be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to work in the UK. If you don’t have a qualification that is recognised in the UK, you’ll also need to take the RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership which takes place once a year. It’s important to remember that the application process for registration usually takes 20 days, but it can take up to six weeks in busy periods, so always plan ahead.

Full details for overseas vets can be found on the RCVS website.

Working hours can vary, but it’s generally a nine-hour working day for Veterinary Surgeons and a 14-hour shift for Night Veterinary Surgeons. We have a growing number of 24-hour practices that operate on a shift pattern. All working hours will be discussed with you at your interview.

Our annual leave varies depending on location, but on average we offer 22 days (pro-rata for a four-day week) for full-time Veterinary Surgeons, plus bank holidays with time off in lieu and a share of the rota. Annual leave is on a pro-rata basis for part-time roles.

Yes, we do. Please visit our graduate vet page for more information on our Graduate Development Programme.

Most of our practices have parking facilities for our clients. When attending an interview, please feel free to use one of the available spaces.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to cover any costs incurred when attending an interview.

You’ll be asked questions about your previous experience relating to the role you’re applying for. These questions are usually scenario-based, and we may ask about a time you were involved in a similar situation.

You’ll be advised what documents and/or items to bring with you to your interview; this can vary depending on the role you’re applying for. If you’re unsure, our recruitment team will be happy to help.

We recommend you dress smartly unless you’re advised otherwise in the invitation.

If you’re seeing a practice, you’re likely to be involved in some manual tasks. Therefore, we recommend you wear something comfortable that you don’t mind getting dirty. You should also wear flat, closed-toe shoes, as you may be invited into the kennels and theatre areas.

We recommend smart dress for your induction.

You’ll have an opportunity at your induction to try on various sizes before ordering your uniform. This will be sent direct to your practice in the first week of your employment.

If you can’t find a role you want to apply for, please register your interest here and we’ll let you know when a vacancy becomes available.

Of course. Please register your interest here and we’ll let you know when a vacancy that matches your criteria becomes available.

Of course. Once you’ve applied for one role, you can select the ‘reuse application’ option on the application form for another role. There may be different questions associated with that vacancy which will need to be answered, but we’ll advise you which these may be.

Our vacancies page is updated daily, so check back regularly to find rewarding opportunities. You can also register your interest in a role to be notified of future vacancies.

Of course. We only ask that, if you’ve been invited to an interview that was unsuccessful, you wait three to six months before re-applying for the same or a similar role.

Why join us as a vet?

Our Veterinary Surgeons play an integral part in everything we do. From routine health checks to advanced surgeries, you’ll work directly with clients and their pets to offer care that’s bespoke to them.

Play our video to hear from some of our vets about life at Medivet and their personal journeys.