We’re proud to offer a unique programme to vets returning to work after a career break. Whether you’ve taken time off to start a family, travel the world or try a different career, you can return with the confidence and support you need.

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.

Both job satisfaction and clinical excellence are important to us, and we understand that returning to work from a career break can be daunting. With regular skill reviews and supported learning, we work with you to strengthen your knowledge and highlight any areas you want to develop. We tailor your learning to you, allowing you to build your confidence and sharpen your skills.

To apply for our returnship programme, you’ll need to have UK (or UK equivalent) experience prior to your career break.

Salary and benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Four-day week (in select regions)
  • Generous weekend package (one half-weekend in three, or one full weekend in six)
  • £1,500 CPD allowance with three days, plus in-house training
  • VDS, RCVS, BVA fees paid
  • Five weeks’ annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Paid sabbatical after every five years’ service
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • 20% off all veterinary services and products
  • Additional benefits, including 100% attendance scheme and ‘peternity’ leave

Our pioneering hub-and-spoke model is what makes Medivet unique. It allows us to offer unrivalled work/life balance for all our vets, eliminating the need to work on an out-of-hours rota and allowing us to share on-call duties throughout our regions.

Working together is one of our core values, and we actively encourage the sharing of skills, knowledge and equipment across the group, meaning you’ll always have access to the knowledge and tools you need to treat every client. In our community we have certificate holders and advanced practitioners in a huge range of fields, who are always on hand to offer support. This sharing of knowledge also helps you progress your own understanding of complex cases.

Progression and development are at the heart of everything we do and we’re dedicated to supporting you as you return to your career in clinical excellence. 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 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) package of £1,500 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 career.

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

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 annual leave (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 welcome all applications. You’ll first need to register with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to practice as a Veterinary Surgeon in the UK. 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.

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 can’t cover any costs incurred while 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.

Vet checking dog's heart with stethoscope

Ready to come back?

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