(10th May 2016)
We take much pride in caring for our patients and providing the best possible service that we can to our clients. Our requirements are very much based around client care and your ability to communicate and look after our clients. To look after our patients it stands to reason that we must look after our clients well, so you must be a good and mindful communicator. We deal with stressed clients every day when their pets are poorly, and one of our core values is respecting that owner – pet bond, communicating with them with respect and empathy for their situation.
You must be dedicated to working with animals and furthering yourself in a professional manner, and be open and willing to learn new skills. The veterinary nurse course is tough, and you will be working a full time job role at the same time, so you must be passionate, clear and focussed on your training journey.
We expect you to embrace the Towerwood Vets way. We are primarily a first opinion conventional veterinary practice but we have a holistic slant in our approach to veterinary medicine. We offer lots of different treatment modalities, many of which are complementary to standard mainstream medications and drugs. As many are complementary, such as nutrition advice, K-Laser therapy and behavioural there are lots that our qualified nurses can get involved in consulting and seeing cases through so there are lots for a new nurse to learn to integrate into the practice.
We expect our nurses to be respectful of their colleagues, and be mindful of the impact that their actions or words may have on the team workload and moral as a whole. We provide a professional service for our community and expect the team to reflect this in their workplace manner, in the way they interact with both clients and colleagues.
As a team we get involved in our local community, and the right person will be willing to come and help us with the community events we get involved in with a focus on good and responsible pet care.
We are a very busy practice, and need the right person to come and help share the workload. It’s a full time position we are offering so the right candidate will enter our nurses rota on this basis, meaning this will include some evening and weekend work on rotation. We offer a fair rota and balance out any weekend work over a 40 hour week basis. There may be some rota requirement to cover shifts at our Greengates clinic near Bradford.
Once you are suitably trained there will be some on call requirement to ensure that we provide the best care to our patients. Whilst overnight care is rare, it can happen – its the nature of the job and the industry we work within and we’ve all done it! So if you aren’t prepared to care for a patient in need, then this position is not for you.
We do look after our team though, team health is REALLY important to us, so please don’t be worried about our on call rota as it is not excessive and we ensure that your hourly week is a balanced one.
The offer is based on the conditional requirement that the nurse is eligible, willing and able to train at Myerscough College in Preston on a block release basis. You can find our more about Myerscough College and their entry requirements to the course here. Their requirements are 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above, in English, Maths, Science plus 2 others, or equivalent qualifications as recognised by City & Guilds. This is an unconditional requirement of the position, so please be mindful of this when applying for the position.
This role is intended as a nurse training role so we will wholly support any eligible candidate’s application for college. Whilst we will do everything we can within our power to secure a position at college, places are ultimately offered at the discretion of the college so is unfortunately out of our control. Should you have any concerns about whether you may fit their entry requirements you can contact the college directly for more information.
The deadline for applications is Friday 3rd June 2016, so you have 3 weeks to get your cover letter/email and CV into our head nurse Helen Lee. You can email her on firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can post an application FAO Helen Lee at Towerwood Vets, 27 Tinshill Road, Cookridge, Leeds, LS16 7DR.
We expect this to be a very popular role, so if you are shortlisted to attend our recruitment afternoon then you will be notified by Monday 13th June 2016.
The recruitment event is intended to be held at our main site at Cookridge on Sunday 19th June 2016 from 2pm, and the duration will depend on the number of intended candidates. This will allow us to interview all prosepctive candidates efficiently, but more detailed information with regards to this event will be sent to you should you be shortlisted for the position.