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We are seeking to employ a full time registered Veterinary Nurse to work as part of our Feline team.  

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work within our custom-built feline wards with all of our hospital services to include; orthopaedic, soft tissue, neurology, cardiology, chronic medicine, acute medicine, dermatology, radioactive iodine and more.

The feline team work within the ward areas, caring for our feline patients and providing a gold standard cat-friendly service to our patients. They also support with feline procedures such as hyperthyroid workups, endoscopy, medicine procedures, amongst others.

We are set in beautiful grounds with our own on-site café and offer a competitive salary, generous pension scheme, 5 weeks holiday per year plus Bank Holidays, Bupa Benefit, CPD, employees discount up to 50%, free onsite parking, free eye test voucher, annual flu vaccinations and enhanced maternity / paternity as an employee of Langford Vets.

Job Description

Responsibilities

Job purpose

Reports To:              Head Feline Nurse

Job Purpose:
The purpose of the post is to nurse cats to the highest standards of care and support the smooth operation of the clinical activities within the Feline Centre, Small Animal Hospital (SAH). This is achieved by assisting with nursing care and procedures in the Feline Centre, promoting excellent client communication, supervising veterinary and nursing undergraduate students and working within the Terms of the RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct for Nurses.

Principal Accountabilities:-

  • Constantly ensuring that cat friendly clinic principles are adopted throughout the SAH to enable the caring of cats to the highest of standards
  • Organising and assisting veterinary clinicians with procedures to include endoscopy, chemotherapy, bronchoscopy, diagnostic imaging, administration of sedations and support for the hyperthyroid treatment service, discharge appointments
  • Independently carry out feline nursing duties such as monitoring anaesthesia, intubating patients, assisting with diagnostic procedures, in-patient care, blood sampling, catheter placement, BP measurement, intravenous fluid therapy and nutritional tube feeding
  • To provide restraint for blood sampling, sedations, treatments and physical examinations
  • Daily nursing care of in-patients, to include cleaning out and feeding, placement of feeding tubes, daily record keeping, patient checks, grooming, pain scoring assessment and fluid therapy as required
  • Dispensing and administering (under the direct supervision of a veterinary surgeon) medication to animals, maintaining accurate stock control and following all protocols relating to drug holding, dispensing and handling and giving clear and accurate instructions to clients when dispensing medication
  • Assisting with stock control, maintaining working areas to a high standard and actively participating in Clinical Governance and Infection Control directives
  • Maintaining accurate patient records with regards to all clinical notes, treatment, diagnoses, client communication and client /patient information
  • Ensuring that all procedures and consumables are accurately entered onto the patients’ records in order to keep the invoice up to date at all times during their stay
  • Maintaining a good working relationship with all team members
  • Communicating in an effective and pleasant manner with clients and colleagues
  • Be actively involved in the teaching and support of nursing and veterinary undergraduate students, including providing feedback on their skills for assessments and promotion of cat friendly clinic principles
  • Be responsible, when required, for providing inductions to nursing and veterinary undergraduate students on clinical rotations, as well as providing inductions to new staff in the Small Animal Hospital regarding cat friendly clinic principles
  • Carry out all other reasonable duties as requested by the line manager
  • Act as a professional mentor to our nursing students
  • Act as a clinical coach to our nursing students
  • Proactively identify and act upon opportunities for business improvement. Openly identify and discuss problems in order to implement and sustain improvements that increase the value we deliver to our, clients, employees, and students.
  • Responsible for keeping themselves and others safe, reporting accidents, near misses and hazards and adhering to health and safety requirements and policies as required by the business/their line manager.

Person Specification

Person Specification

The skills, abilities, experience and knowledge outlined below provide a summary of what is required to carry out this job effectively.

Essential

Desirable

One year in veterinary practice or ability to prove similar levels of knowledge and experience

Experience in referral practice

Able to carry out veterinary nursing duties as listed above

Advanced Diploma

Confidence and experience in effective handling and restraint of cats

ISFM Certificate of Diploma in Feline Nursing

Knowledge of cat friendly clinic

Clinical Coach

RCVS listed Veterinary Nurse or Nursing Degree

Interest in advancing own qualifications if not already attained

Communicating effectively with clients

Confidence in promoting cat friendly clinic principles within the Small Animal Hospital

Ability to work within a team

Ability to act independently

Flexible approach to work

Interested in teaching undergraduate students

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