Head of Veterinary Services (Clinical Director).

Head of Veterinary Services (Clinical Director).

  • Location: Sidmouth, Devon
  • Type: Permanent
  • Job #676

Fancy working for a Charitable Organisation in a great location

Head of Veterinary Services (Clinical Director).

Salary, dependant on experience and discussed at interview

Location: Honiton, South Devon

Job Ref: 676

At Vetfinders we are helping practices grow and find their next hire. These are exciting times for the charity and we now have an excellent opportunity a self-motivated and highly professional individual to lead our Veterinary Department at our fully equipped hospital at Brookfield Farm, near Honiton, as Head of Veterinary Services (Clinical Director).

With proven experience of working at a senior level in equine practice, and a real role model with demonstrable motivational skills, you will lead the veterinary team – responsible for the clinical care of the all our donkeys and mules that are resident on our seven farms within a 30-mile radius of Honiton – in maintaining high standards of clinical care through excellent clinical governance and decision-making.


If you feel you have the qualifications, skills and experience to fulfil this varied and vital role, and would like to play a major part in driving the evolving programme of change taking place within the charity, we would love to hear from you. This is a full-time, permanent contract starting on 3 October 2022, working 37.5 hours per week. Core hours will be 08.00-16.30, Monday-Friday, with flexibility required for onsite attendance 4 days out of 5, and for evening and weekend working as part of the on-call team rota.

Your principal duties within this multifunctional and rewarding role will include –

  • Providing leadership and day-to-day management of the veterinary team, which includes vets, nurses, grooms, equine dental technicians and admin.
  • Supporting the team in the provision of high-quality clinical care (veterinary or nursing) to all animal’s resident at The Donkey Sanctuary.
  • Overseeing the management of the laboratory and New Arrivals Unit via line management of the lead veterinary surgeons responsible for these teams. Providing expert opinion and guidance in all matters relating to donkey health.
  • Providing excellent clinical governance ensuring compliance with the practice standards scheme.
  • Acting as a role model in maintaining a culture of teamwork, good communication and collaboration.
  • Developing and delivering the strategic objectives for the department.

A veterinary degree with MRCVS or nursing degree with RVN, together with experience of managing a clinical team and of equine medicine and surgery is essential, as are a flexible leadership style, the ability to deliver evidence-based improvements within a clinical setting and to inspire each member of the team to reach their full potential, and a welfare driven attitude to veterinary medicine. Experience of working for an equine charity is desirable.

The Practice

The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare organisation, offering care and protection to donkeys and mules worldwide. We are working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. We are achieving this by transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.

The Donkey Sanctuary is a Disability Confident Employer.

The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults), and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, including an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where required for the post.

This is a great chance to be involved in an organisation surrounded by a motivated supportive team helping you to do the work you are trained to do.

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