Clinical Director - Avenue Veterinary Hospital


Are you looking to take your next step in your professional career as a Veterinary Surgeon? IVC Evidensia has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Veterinary Surgeon as a Clinical Director in a busy, first opinion practice in Dundalk, Co Louth. 

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. Avenue Vets is no different.

Avenue Veterinary Hospital is a 100% small animal practice located in Dundalk Co Louth. Situated on the Northeast coast, famed for its local community, heritage history, thriving nightlife and local festivals, Dundalk is about 1 hour from Belfast and Dublin cities. It is accessible by the M1, train and bus. The local college, DKIT, boasts a well-known Veterinary Nursing course which continually produces excellent Veterinary Nurses each year.

Avenue Vets has been a dedicated companion animal practice for over 30 years in the local community. And now with a young and enthusiastic team of Veterinary Surgeons, Nurses, and support staff we are looking forward to a new team leader to help guide Avenue Vets into the future and put their own personal touch on the practice. Our purpose-built hospital includes a fully equipped surgical suite, laboratory, x-ray room, large treatment area, separate cat and dog wards, isolation unit and three consultation rooms. Our practice is spacious, giving a nice environment to work effectively and comfortably as part of a larger team.

IVC Evidensia is Europe’s leading veterinary care provider with 6 key principles we have built our business around:

  • Belief in people. The success of a practice is down to the individuals that work there. That is why we invest in continuous professional development for all our staff
  • Clinically led practices. We believe the best practices are led by vets, and we want it to stay that way. That is why we have so many of them sitting on our board.
  • Investment in your practice. We invest money in refurbishments, facilities, equipment, and technology so you can provide the best possible care for your patients and clients.
  • An independent spirit. Your clinic is the heart of your community, and we want it to stay that way. Every clinic has its own branding, community, and management.
  • Exceptional care. We know your primary concern is delivering the best possible care. That is why IVC Evidensia practices always put their patients and clients first.
  • Sharing expertise. We are incredibly proud of the depth of talent amongst our referral clinicians and their state if the art facilities.

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.

The Role

The Clinical Director plays a key role within the practice. You would lead the practice 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 practice, with the opportunity to develop your interests and put your own personal stamp on it.

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

Working hours are flexible and would be between 9am to 6:30pm. We have a wide variety in our caseload with certificates fully funded and encouraged.

The compensation for this position is both competitive and flexible based on the candidate's experience.

Additionally, there is a Welcome Bonus of €2,500 plus a relocation allowance of €5,000.


Applicant Requirements

Our ideal candidate needs to be an experienced 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 routine surgeries and consultations
  • Excellent clinical skills
  • Personable and 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 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 €1,200 from IVC Evidensia for each Vet to use on a case of your choice to ensure successful outcome with your patient (T&Cs apply)
  • 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

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