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Vet Surgeon - Barna & Moycullen Vets

Fancy a job in fabulous Galway? Located on the west coast of Ireland, with the sea to the south, the wilds of Connemara to the west and the vibrant city of Galway to the East, our small team enjoy practicing high standard GP Veterinary at a comfortable pace. We are looking for a new full time Vet to join our close-knit team.

Our main Clinic is based in Barna, just 3km west of the sea-side village of Salthill and 5km west of the bustling city of Galway on the coast in the West of Ireland. We are a Small Animal Practice, started in 2008, and have a suburban but village-based feel due to our location in Barna and are just a 2-minute walk to the pier which means you can eat your lunch on the pier wall overlooking Galway Bay!  Our branch practice is based in Moycullen, just 15 minutes away on Clifden road west of Galway City. Moycullen is a more rural village than Barna with country surroundings and easy access to Connemara. Part of the appeal of Galway is that we are the doorsteps of both a vibrant City with a very active social and arts scene and Connemara with the solitude and outdoor appeal that this landscape brings.

We practice good well wounded GP Veterinary to a high standard, always doing our best for the pet and offering practical options for the client. As we are a small practice, we build strong client relationships and are as much a people practice as we are a pet practice. Chatting is an important part of our day so much so that we have 20 minute appointments!

We are keen to develop and foster good all-rounder skills in our vets so that we have competent and confident medical and surgical clinicians. We encourage CPD and are happy to develop your experience in your chosen area of interest by way of training or starting a Certificate if you choose to do so. There is also plenty of opportunity for progression within the practice. As a practice we always learn new things from a new staff member and are in the mindset of regularly reviewing protocols and ways of work to ensure we keep up with our evolving profession.

Our amazing team currently consists of 3 vets, 5 nurses and a practice manager. Both clinics are purpose built with x-ray, ultrasound, IDEXX blood machines, Mindray monitors with dental x-ray addition planned. We have dedicated staff in both clinics and have a strong team mindset. We pride ourselves on our client relationships and our clinical standards and offer a high standard of care to our patients. We support our Vets and like to discuss cases and treatment options in our Vet meetings. Senior Vet support is always available and encouraged when required. Being village based, our pace is slower than that of city practices, which encourages in-depth work-up of cases and time to develop relationships with clients. We are a young dynamic group and enjoy work as well as time off and having fun and enjoying our routine is important to us.

The Role

We are looking for an enthusiastic professional candidate who wants to develop their skills in a friendly and supportive team. This position would not suit a new graduate or a vet with limited experience.

This is a permanent, full-time position. Our full-time hours are 8:30-6pm 4 days a week with 1:4 Saturdays.

OOH is approximately 1:10 weekends and 1:20 weeknights.

Salary for the role is up to €70,000 depending on experience.

Applicant Requirements

We are seeking an experienced Veterinary Surgeon to join our team wishing to develop their skillset and to provide leadership to any younger vets looking for support. You will need to enjoy working as part of a team and be able to do some branch work as the sole Veterinarian from time to time. This position would not be suitable for a new graduate or vet with limited experience.

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
    • 4.5 weeks Annual Leave
    • Birthday Leave
  • 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
  • Development
    • €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
    • 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&C’s apply)
  • Professional Memberships
    • VCI membership paid
    • VDS cover paid
  • Additional Benefits
    • Annual Pay Reviews
    • 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

+353 (0) 86 085 0891


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