We have a vacancy for a RVN at our well-equipped, friendly charity practice in SW London. Please see the link to our website below for more information:
Veterinary Nurse, London animal hospitals, based at Merton
Permanent, full time
Blue Cross are one of the UK’s leading animal welfare organisations for animals. We support sick, injured and homeless pets and care for more than 40,000 animals every year through our rehoming, veterinary and education programmes.
What is the role?
How do you feel when you can’t treat a pet because of financial constraints and owner circumstances? Have you been considering a move into charity and be able to help those who are really in need?
We would like to recruit an outstanding registered Veterinary Nurse on a permanent basis, to join our team. We are a charity, who pride ourselves on delivering excellent patient and client care. The successful candidate needs to have good general nursing skills, ideally with a surgical bias, but we will happily support you in any areas you feel you need further opportunities to develop and train. You will need to be able to work under your own initiative, but will of course have the support of your manager and team to get the day’s work done!
We are looking for a conscientious RVN with good attention to detail, who can have a great rapport with clients during nurse clinics, someone who can utilise their nursing skills to the full during surgery and anaesthetics, as well as assisting the vets and animal care assistants in clinic and laboratory to keep everything running smoothly. It would be even better if you have a specific interest that you are already or would like to pursue! We have a varied caseload although there is less medical nursing as our critical patients are transferred to our main hospital in Victoria for round the clock care. Our nurses cover some duties, which includes evenings, weekends and bank holidays on a rota basis, at our Victoria and Hammersmith hospitals, so we need someone who can be flexible and be able travel to these sites when needed. At Victoria, you will be able to utilise your nursing skills to the full in our fantastic 24 hour hospital.
We have a dedicated reception team, but some cover is occasionally needed from our VN team, so great telephone, reception and organisational skills are also really important to us. Our clients can be very rewarding to help and they are generally so grateful for all the care we are able to give their pets and appreciate the work of the charity. This really is a chance to use your skills to improve pet welfare for our unique client base!
Volunteers are integral to our charity, and we need your help to train them up to our high standards! They are indispensable to the smooth running of the hospital and you’ll soon find you turn your back and that prep room that looked like a bomb had hit it has been magically tidied up, disinfected, surgical kits cleaned and packed.
We are extremely lucky to have a great team of people who really look out for each other and care about their team-mates. We pride ourselves on our no blame culture and run monthly reflective rounds to help process difficult events and promote mental well-being. We also hold regular informal catch ups between line reports and their managers to see how you are getting on and how we can support you further.
Want to know more the detail? Great! We have a job description and salary range on our website, but happy to answer any other questions you may have.
We hope to hear from you!
Emmeline Macedo RVN
Nurse Manager - Merton Blue Cross