About the Job

Vet Surgeon – Cutting Edge Programme

Up to £44,000 plus benefits

Cutting Edge – your first step into Emergency and Critical Care

Vets Now Gateshead has a great opportunity for a Vet Surgeon who is looking to take their first steps into emergency and critical care. Vets Now Gateshead has a mix of private and charity caseload – perfect for learning and development. ,You will receive support and mentoring from our District Clinical Lead as well as our team of seasoned RVNs. If you have at least six months small animal experience and you’re confident performing routine surgeries on your own, Cutting Edge could be perfect for you.  

ECC induction designed and delivered by experts

Designed by ECC diplomate Amanda Boag, Cutting Edge is a comprehensive induction that will equip you with the skills and confidence needed to work sole charge in an emergency environment. The ten-week training combines lectures and interactive seminars with practical training and surgery. The next intake of Cutting Edge is 2nd March 2020. Topics include but not limited to;

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Blood Smears
  • Emergency Diagnostics
  • Neurological Emergencies
  • Orthopaedic & Spinal Emergencies
  • Practical Ultrasound
  • Suturing Skills
  • Shock and Fluids
  • Toxicology
  • Wound Management


Develop your skills and confidence though enhanced training

The first three weeks of the programme are based in our support office in Scotland. The next four weeks will be spent in a clinic alongside an experienced emergency clinician. As expected with having the largest ECC caseload in Europe, you will experience situations far removed from day practice, ideal for leaning and development. You will come back to the Support Office for the remaining three weeks.

Earn while you learn

We’ll cover your accommodation costs whilst you’re in the support office and you’ll be paid a basic salary while training – you’ll be a Vets Now employee from day one of the course. For the ten week programme, we’ll pay a basic salary of £40,000 per annum. From week 11, your salary will increase to £44,000.

A great place to work

Recognising hard work is really important to us. Our employees are our greatest asset which is why we offer a first class benefits and rewards package that includes:

  • 6.6 weeks pro rata annual leave
  • Your birthday as a paid day off
  • Private medical insurance
  • Comprehensive CPD allowance
  • Pension contributions
  • Professional membership fees
  • 50% discounted staff pet care
  • Death in service of two times annual salary
  • Membership of employee wellbeing programme
  • Company sick, maternity, paternity and adoption pay schemes


Our clinical staff are also encouraged to attend our annual ECC Congress, the largest in the UK, which features an array of international accredited speakers, delegates and exhibitors.

Please get in touch with James in our Talent team to discuss on 01383 841181 or email [email protected]