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Clinical Director - Athlone Veterinary Hospital

Athlone Veterinary Hospital are seeking a Clinical Director, with a strong focus on Large Animal, to join their team in February 2024.

Athlone Veterinary Hospital is a mixed practice, 50% small, 30% Large, 20% Equine. We have all the usual equipment that you would expect including digital x-ray, Idexx blood analysis, ultrasound, dental, gaseous anaesthesia, Equine x-ray facilities, large animal surgery, stocks, stables, calf pens. We are a registered veterinary hospital as awarded by the Veterinary Council of Ireland’s Practice Accreditation Scheme.

We are located at Bonavalley, Athlone which is in the centre of Ireland, 1hr from Dublin and Galway. Athlone is a bustling market town with fantastic cafes, pubs, and restaurants, and is surrounded by stunning countryside and waterways.

Our team consists of 4 Vets, 2 Nurses and 5 Support.

We are a motivated team with great support network, and we provide a fantastic learning environment for New Grad. With many collective years of experience, we offer a supportive working environment. We strive to keep a positive atmosphere in the hospital each day for both our clients and employees to enjoy.

The Role 

The role of Clinical Director is of utmost importance within the practice. This role leads the practice in ensuring the best level of care is given to each client and their animals. You will be a key contact in both the clinical and non-clinical aspects of running the Large Animal Practice, with the opportunity to develop your interests and put your own personal stamp on it. Other day-to-day duties would see the successful candidate overseeing the general running of the practice with your main focus Large Animal. You will work with our team and our Area Support Manager to develop and lead the clinic's direction. 

This is a full-time, permanent position. We have a wide variety in our caseload with certificates fully funded and encouraged. 

Salary for this role is highly competitive and negotiable depending on experience. 

Applicant Requirements 

Our ideal candidate needs to be an experienced Large Animal Veterinary Surgeon registered with the VCI and demonstrate excellent communication skills.

The role of Clinical Director requires a candidate to have the following: 

§  Competent in all Large Animal scenarios

§  Excellent clinical skills 

§  Personable an effective communicator 

§  Leadership and management knowledge or appreciation for same 

§  Focus on clinical excellence and best practice policies 

Ideally, some experience in management would be preferred but the role would suit an experienced Veterinary Surgeon looking to step up and progress in their career. The successful candidate would need to be enthusiastic, caring, and passionate. You will 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 

o   Enhanced holiday entitlement  

o   Birthday Leave (paid day off on your birthday) 

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

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

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 €1,200 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 then please get in touch. 

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
Talent Partner 

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