Clinical Director - Arena Veterinary Hospital


Lead from the front. Arena Veterinary Hospital has an opening for an experienced Veterinary Surgeon to become their new Clinical Director. 


What we are looking for 

  • Full-time, permanent position as Clinical Director 

  • 40hours/5 days per week 

  • Overseeing of 4 Veterinary Surgeons, 3 Veterinary Nurses and 6 support staff 

  • Full funding for an PG certificates/Diplomas/PhD’s you wish to pursue 

  • Enhanced annual leave entitlements 

  • Career progression opportunities 

  • Employer pension contributions 

  • Paid maternity, paternity and adoptive leaves 

  • Company sick pay 


The Clinical Director plays a key role within the practice. You would lead Arena Veterinary Hospital in ensuring the best level of care is given to each animal and client. You would be a key contact in both the clinical and non-clinical aspects of running the practices, with the opportunity to develop your interests and put your own personal stamp on them. 


Other day-to-day duties would see you overseeing the general running of the practices with your focus being clinical work, operating and consulting. You would work with the Area Support Manager and Area Director to develop and lead the clinic’s direction.  


Who we are 

Arena Veterinary Hospital was established 24 years ago and has developed into the fully equipped, progressive, small animal practice we are today. We have a highly motivated and competent companion animal healthcare team, and our emphasis is looking after our staff, patients, and clients. At our hospital you can expect to find state of the art X-ray, Ultrasound and Blood analysers. We also offer specialist referral services for Orthopaedics and Dentistry.  


Owing to our friendly, collaborative work environment and commitment to working as a one team, we are proud to have many long-standing staff members. We pride ourselves in offering a personal and empathetic veterinary service of the highest standard to our patients. Our clinic is situated in Wexford Town on Rosslare Road. There are plenty of local amenities and links to public transport. 


Don’t just choose a job, choose growth, choose possibility, choose a career with IVC Evidensia Ireland. All our practices are independent, with their own unique work practices, caseloads, culture, and branding. No two practices are the same or run the same and that is just how we love it. Arena Vets is no different. 


Our core values are what make us a special place to work, where we enjoy what we do and work together to deliver exceptional veterinary care – these values inspire and motivate us. This is the basis of great teamwork – We Care, We Dare, We Share. 


Applicant Requirements 

  • Experienced Veterinary Surgeon registered with the VCI / RCVS 

  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills and delegate tasks to a veterinary team 

  • Proficiency in surgery, consultations, internal medicine, ECC and diagnostics required 

  • Excellent clinical skills with a focus on clinical excellence and best practice policies 

  • Be a respectful, professional and courteous individual 

  • Confident in running a practice as sole charge 

  • Leadership and management knowledge or appreciation for same 

Ideally some experience in management would be preferred but the role would suit any experienced Veterinary Surgeon looking to step up and progress in their career. The successful candidate would need to be enthusiastic, caring, and passionate. You would need to work well within a team but also be able to lead it when required. 


Benefits - Subject to Pro Rata 

We recognise 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 

  • Enhanced holiday entitlement 

  • Birthday Leave (paid day off on your birthday) 

Focus on Employee Wellbeing 

  • Paid Maternity Leave Package 

  • Paid Paternity Leave 

  • Cycle to Work Scheme 

  • Full access to EAP and Wellbeing Centre 

  • Paid Bereavement Leave 

  • Company Sick Pay 


  • €1300 annual CPD allowance with 5 days paid CPD days pro rata 

  • Funding of any Certificates / Diplomas / PhD’s you may want to pursue 

  • Career Progression Opportunities, both clinical and non-clinical 

Professional Memberships 

  • VCI membership paid 

  • VDS cover paid 

Additional Benefits 

  • Annual Pay Reviews 

  • 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) 

  • Pawesome Benefits - reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with hundreds of retailers 

  • Employer Pension Contributions 

  • Free Flu Inoculations 

  • Discounted Veterinary Fees 

  • Sponsorship for Overseas Employees 

  • Opportunity to join company programmes (LGBTQ+, Wellbeing Champions, Nurses Committee, Clinical Board and many more) 

  • Relocation Packages 


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 then please get in touch. 


Any questions before applying? 

Speak to Shónagh Dawson from our recruitment team who would be happy to help you with any questions you have before applying for this role. 


Shónagh Dawson RVN 

Talent Partner 

086 085 0891 

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