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Veterinary Surgeon   03 September 2017

Unique vet opportunities at London's only specialist exotics private practice. CJ Hall Vets is looking for fantastic vets with a real passion for exotics to provide exceptional clinical service to our patients and clients alike. Head vet and RCVS Specialist Matthew has a great dedicated nursing and support team, but would like some other veterinary faces for our increasingly busy first opinion and referral caseload – a great position to be in and we would rather not be turning clients away each day! Zoo medicine advanced practitioners and specialists keep reading and drop us an email, stat! We can definitely sort an attractive package in combo with our unrivalled caseload. Whilst we would love candidates with experience with exotics, we would be equally happy with those that can demonstrate a clear interest, particularly in exotic pets, and want to do and learn more. If you don't already hold further exotics qualifications, we would really be looking for people who are keen to pursue certificate study. Certificates aren't everything, so we won't be marching you to Edinburgh on day one, but they are a great way to consolidate knowledge (plus the letters do look good on the brass plaque by the front door). We are very happy to support (clinically and financial) further study. With our caseload a certificate case log with us may only take a month to achieve, but we are looking for settled candidates to integrate with the practice team and get their own long term client following. Our practice caseload is 75% Exotics, 25% Cat and Dog, which we think is pretty unique in the UK. The exotics side is the crowd pleaser here, not the poor cousin. Exotics comprise of mainly exotic pets, with equal share of avian, reptile and small mammal plus some amphibian and ornamental fish. First opinion predominates, but there is a considerable referral component. There is involvement with zoological collections which means the odd glimpse of sunshine out of the practice and some even more unusual animals in the kennel room, but we should stress that exotic pets are our focus and we are not looking for aspiring zoo vets looking a temporary fix until that all elusive zoo job appears (although we are proud previous vets have moved on to zoo roles.) Our recent cases have varied from multiple rabbit cheek teeth extractions to goldfish eneucleations, grey parrot fracture repairs to tortoise shell trauma reconstructions. At our peak this summer we had 50 exotic patients and boarders in the practice - Beats squeezing anal glands all day everyday (or at least we think so!). Having said that, the local cats and dogs are still an integral part of our practice and we a keen to provide an equally great service to all species. Away from the clinical side, want to present at conferences / publish cases / teach owners the perils of iceberg lettuce and sunflower seeds? Brilliant - We are already trying to, but can do so much more. You may be clinically the best vet in the world, but most of our patients come along with a higher primate, so candidates should excel at client communication and written/spoken English too. Our real strength is a being a small, fun, friendly team offering referral level medicine. As part of our team, we can offer an enjoyable working day, with support as you need it and an unmatched, varied caseload. All this in a great locality (the Daily Mail once referred to Richmond as one of the poshest places in the UK, so must be true) and we will actually provide a salary that won't have you signing up for a discount store loyalty card… Yes, we are great, but if we are being honest our main weakness is our ability for outreach to the wider veterinary world and referring vets. We believe we offer a great service level to our patients and clients, but as we are so busy we cannot take the time we would like to field the increasing numbers of vet queries and follow up. Here we would relish input from our new team members. Also we are a small team, so a certain degree of flexibility and a 'muck in' attitude would be great. Our recruitment search may have been longer than we would have liked, but we believe finding a right fit for us and new team members alike is key. We are confident that our ideal candidates are out there and that we can build a successful and fruitful working relationship, with the option of the occasional doughnut on the way. A full driving licence is required. Small animal OV panels would be preferable. Four-day week. 1 in 2 Saturday mornings plus weekend in-patient checks on those 1 in 2 weekends with one day off in the week in-lieu. No OOH, but shared provision of occasional telephone advice to OOH provider. 28 days holidays (including bank holidays – patient checks on bank holidays equally shared with time off in lieu). To discuss the role further, contact Matthew at cjhallvets@talktalk.net or 020 8876 9696. Applications to the above email, not the application link please


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