Senior Ward
Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)


Job Description

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen to join Southfields Veterinary Specialists as our Senior Ward Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN).

As a Senior Nurse, you will lead by example, guiding, supporting, and motivating your team of highly skilled nurses. Using your exceptional organisational, delegation, communication, and clinical skills, you will facilitate the delivery of inpatient and emergency care to patients from all disciplines, working closely with specialists, residents, interns, RVNs, SVNs and PCAs in our busy and rapidly growing hospital.

You will have experience of communicating with individuals at all levels and will feel confident participating in discussions with consultants to develop inpatient care plans for our large and varied caseload.

You will work alongside the Head of Nursing Services to develop working processes and grow your nursing team as Southfields has moved to its 42,000 sq.ft. state of the art facility.

Your attendance at senior meetings will allow you to use your experience to contribute ideas and solutions to the continued progression and development of practice and clinical team.

This is a challenging and rewarding role that will require an assertive and proactive leader with a positive approach to patient management.


Opportunities for career development

Utilising the wide range of leadership and management training opportunities available via Linnaeus, this is an exciting opportunity to build on your existing leadership skills in a supported environment. Alongside the Head of Nursing Services, you will influence, guide, and develop the ward nursing team and support staff as Southfields grows into our new state-of-the-art hospital

You will be the first port of call for departmental line management for the nursing and support team.

You will liaise with the Head of Nursing Services to identify recruitment needs and take an active role in the recruitment selection process.

You will be exposed to cases from all disciplines, including internal medicine, surgery, neurology, oncology, cardiology, and ophthalmology.

Experience in a referral setting would be advantageous however full training will be provided.


What kind of person you need to be

You will need to be highly motivated self-starter able to demonstrate leadership qualities to co-ordinate, support and motivate our busy ward team.

You will have experience of, and a passion for, mentoring and training colleagues and be able to demonstrate excellent organisational skills to assist in managing conflicting priorities.

As a member of our senior nursing team, your desire to provide the best clinical service to our patients will allow you to demonstrate a proactive approach to developing and shaping a growing service.


Specific experiences / qualifications / status / citizenship requirements

You must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Be a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) with a minimum of 2-years post-registration experience
  • Have an excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Maintain a professional and caring approach in all aspects of your work
  • Provide evidence of your Right to Work in the UK.

Relevant further qualification(s) would be advantageous but are not essential as full training will be given.

Why Southfields?

Southfields is the new name in referral services. It’s a very exciting time to join a forward-thinking and highly motivated team that has the support of the Linnaeus Group, providing significant investment in providing new innovative services, a contemporary state-of-the art working environment and commitment to personal and career development. With an excellent support team in place, you’ll be able to concentrate on what you do best in a friendly and supportive practice as we have moved to our brand new 42,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facilities.

We’re also in an excellent location – only 30 minutes by train from central London, within easy reach of the beautiful Essex countryside and extremely well located for international travel links by air and train.


What's on Offer?

  • Full time, permanent position based on 40 hrs p/w
  • Up to £32,000 per annum (dependent upon experience)
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays on a pro-rata basis *
  • Additional paid day off to celebrate your birthday
  • Enhanced equal family leave
  • Enhanced sickness policy
  • RCVS & VDS fees paid
  • CPD allowance
  • Extensive learning and development programmes
  • Progression opportunities
  • Staff discount schemes
  • Discounts with PetPlan
  • Recruitment reward scheme
  • Wellness package, including
    • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
    • Gym membership discount
    • Cycle2Work scheme
    • Eye care vouchers
    • Flu vaccine voucher

*Pro-rata for part-time associates

At Linnaeus, we are committed to supporting the physical and mental health of all our Associates. We have an amazing team of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) across our practices and central support office in addition to a confidential Employee Assistance Programme which is available for everyone. For more information, click here .

Part of an amazing global family

The future of the veterinary world is at the heart of everything we do. We are all individual but two important things bring us together: a commitment to excellence and our passion to make A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.

Linnaeus is owned by Mars, that makes us part of their 70,000 veterinary health Associates who spend their days thinking about the 400 million pets of the world and how to improve their lives. Being part of this amazing global group gives us the benefit of a huge network of experts and specialists, a future we can invest in and the security that allows us to concentrate on what we do best – caring for pets.

Our Associates are fundamental to our success, and we are proud to count some of the finest specialists, veterinary surgeons and nurses in the UK among our team.

Being part of the Mars family of businesses provides huge development opportunities across the group for our Associates.

We would love to hear from you, please contact Anne Smith at [email protected] if you have any questions about the role or to apply, please complete the application form below.

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