Veterinary Nurse- First Opinion

  • Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
  • Type: Permanent
  • Job #754
  • Salary: £25,285

Job Type:            Registered Veterinary Nurse- First Opinion
Salary:                 Grade 4, £25,285- £28,929 (dependent on experience)
Hours:                  Permanent, 36.5 hours per week.
Location:             Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.
Job ref:                CAMB-RVN

VetFinders are proud to be the trusted recruitment partner of The Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital (QVSH), University of Cambridge.
QVSH are a multidisciplinary teaching, and referral hospital, providing a comprehensive and demonstrably excellent clinical service for clients, undergraduate and postgraduate students.

They have an opportunity for a motivated, experienced Registered Veterinary Nurse to join their team.


This wonderful internationally renowned Veterinary School Hospital is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated RVN to join their team in delivering the highest quality, 5* care to their clients and patients, whilst supervising and teaching the next generation of veterinary clinical staff.

The role will offer a varied caseload, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and certificate-holding surgeons. With no two days being the same, the undergraduate students are taught by the first opinion team, both within their hospital and at the offsite RSPCA clinic.

The role is full-time, 36.5 hours per week, (shifts to meet the needs of this business, but will be between the hours of 7am and 7pm.  The ability to work some OOH shifts, will be agreed in consultation and additional payments made.


The role will involve organising and providing appropriate clinical services which includes:

  • Diary management
  • Scheduling face-to-face consultations with clients
  • Planning and performing diagnostic investigations
  • Preparation and assistance with first opinion procedures
  • Aftercare of patients
  • Prioritise and administer surgical waiting list
  • Routine neutering
  • Routine dental work
  • Support and coordination of surgical caseload
  • Involvement in the anaesthesia of first opinion patients

Candidates must have excellent time management and communication skills and the ability to work well under pressure. This role would be best suited for someone who has a keen interest in all aspects of nursing, ranging from inpatient care, patient preparation for theatre, anaesthesia, and monitoring.  The role also requires the ability to maintain information systems for invoice production and also the recording and management of Class A (schedule 2 and 3) Drugs.

Ideal candidates will have experience working in general practice and/ or referral practice, they will also be experienced in the supervision and teaching of junior and/or student veterinary students and nurses.


  • £350 CPD allowance
  • 2 CPD days per year
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Company pension scheme
  • Generous holiday allowance, (36 days inclusive of public holidays)
  • Generous Maternity, Paternity and adoption leave
  • Access to the University sports centre
  • Employee Well-being service
  • Shopping and travel discount schemes with over 2000 retailers
  • Support in Relocating to Cambridge

The Department of Veterinary Medicine

The Department of Veterinary Medicine is the Veterinary School of the University of Cambridge, they provide an academic environment of the highest quality and are ranked fourth in the top QS universities ranking. With approximately 200 employees and 35 training scholars. Each year they have 65 veterinary clinical students and 40 PhD students on role.

Why them?

Their mission statement:

“To deliver excellence in veterinary education and biomedical research and to address the challenges to the health and welfare of animals, humans and the environment in the 21st century”

This is a great opportunity to be involved in a first-class research and clinical teaching environment and to be surrounded by a motivated supportive team helping you to do the work you trained to do.

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