Ark Vets in Galway are seeking a Head Veterinary Nurse for a permanent, full-time position in their Knocknacarra practice.
Our practice is a two branch, small animal group located in the beautiful coastal city of Galway. We are a referral centre for surgery and medicine. We have a wide array of top of the range equipment and services in our practice to continue our well-established standard of care for our patients and clients. These include:
· Well-resourced consulting rooms & Dedicated operating theatres
· Excellent anaesthetic maintenance & monitoring systems
· In-house blood analysers & High-quality light microscopy
· Ultrasound, ECG, & Ocular tonometry
· Air driven dentistry, & Dental x-ray
· Digital radiography
· And a brand-new state of the art CT being installed in Winter 2023
We are proud of our large, highly skilled veterinary team. We have 9 Veterinary Surgeons, 11 Veterinary Nurses, 3 Receptionists and a Practice Manager. Our vets have a range of experience levels, from new graduates to certificate holders (surgery, medicine, anaesthesia, emergency and critical care). We also have visiting ophthalmologist and physiotherapist who provide a comprehensive service for our patients, colleagues and clients. We assist local charities such as MADRA and wildlife rescue We strongly encourage professional development and advocate for a supportive learning environment, especially with new graduate Veterinarians looking to take their first steps into the veterinary profession.
Galway is a bustling city with a vibrant arts scene and is on the doorstep of Connemara and lough Corrib. As well as being accessible to Dublin via the M6, Shannon and Knock Airports are less than 90 minutes away.
Check out our website for more information on our practice and services we provide: www.arkvetsgalway.com
This is a Full-time, permanent position of 36 to 40 hours per week, typically over 4-5 days per week.
· Shift patterns include 8-5, 9-6, 9:30 - 6:30.
· Saturdays 1:4 either 9-1 or 9-5.
· No Sundays/Bank Holidays or Out-of-Hours.
The main duties and responsibilities for this position would include ensuring a working nurse roster, clinical nursing, client effacing roles such as nurse clinics and reception management, overseeing clinical standards, organizing nurse meetings and feeding back to the team.
Salary for this role is up €45,000 + benefits commensurate with experience.
All applicants must be a qualified experienced Veterinary Nurse, registered or eligible to register with the VCI, and eligible to work in Ireland.
Successful candidates will demonstrate mastery of routine nursing skills and ideally experience of managing a similarly sized team.
Previous experience working in small animal referrals and a postgraduate qualification in relevant disciplines would be an advantage, but not essential
Benefits – Subject to Pro Rata
We recognize that our people are fundamental to the success of our business. Investing in our staff, premises and processes is at the heart of what we do. In addition to a competitive salary, you will also benefit from:
· Work Life Balance
o 22 days Annual Leave
o Birthday Leave
· Focus on Employee Wellbeing
o Paid Maternity Leave Package
o Paid Paternity Leave
o Cycle to Work Scheme
o Full access to EAP and Wellbeing Centre
o Paid Bereavement Leave
o Company Sick Pay
o €600 annual CPD allowance with 3 days paid CPD days – subject to pro rata
o Career Progression Opportunities, both clinical and non-clinical
· Professional Memberships
o VCI membership paid
o VDS cover paid
· Additional Benefits
o Annual Pay Reviews
o Dedicated CARE fund – annual contribution of €1,100 from IVC Evidensia for each Vet to use on a case of your choice to ensure successful outcome with your patient (T&Cs apply)
o Pawesome Benefits - reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with hundreds of retailers
o Employer Pension Contributions
o Free Flu Inoculations
o Discounted Veterinary Fees
o Opportunity to join company programmes (LGBTQ+, Wellbeing Champions, Nurses Committee, Clinical Board and many more)
As a BAME and LGBTQIA+ inclusive employer, we are keen to hear from candidates from all minority and diverse groups. As a Disability Confident Employer, we are keen to hear from candidates with disabilities and long-term health conditions and would be happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments needed during the recruitment process.
If this position is of interest to you, please contact us.
Any questions before applying?
Speak to Eadaoin Redmond from our recruitment team who would be happy to help you with any questions you have before applying for this role.
Eadaoin Redmond RVN
+353 (0) 86 176 2210