Large Animal Veterinary Surgeon

We are a fiercely independent, six-centre, mixed practice in the western Lake District. We currently have an opportunity for an experienced vet to join our friendly 27-vet team in a range of working patterns.

Millcroft Vets is a member of XLVets, a community of independently-owned veterinary practices. Our independence means there are genuine opportunities for business ownership and we are committed to independent succession.

We have a busy and varied caseload of farm animal work with a 50:50 dairy-to-beef split, a thriving sheep business and numerous camelids. The farms are a real mix of historic, generational Lake District hill farms through to large and progressive dairy farms.

Our large animal work is 90% farm and 10% first opinion equine but there is room to do more equine.

Experienced vets

  • Package up to £70k DOE for a 42hr week. We are SPVS members who pay attention to the recent salary surveys with vets paid well above the SPVS survey national median, despite being in Northern England.
  • A 4-day week as standard with options to increase salary or reduce working hours.
  • Excellent facilities including portable digital radiography and numerous portable ultrasound units.
  • Large-animal-only on-call rota. 1 weeknight per week, alternating between first and second, and 1 weekend in 5.
  • CPD is encouraged to further your own interests and funded to Certificate / Masters / PGDip level for a long-term candidate.
  • In addition to CPD allowance, we provide 1 week pro-rata paid CPD time
  • RCVS, VDS, and one other professional membership fee of your choice BCVA, SVS


  • 238 hours of annual leave to include public holidays, with additional allowance for long service.
  • Hours worked overtime returned as time off in lieu.
  • Optional holiday purchase scheme of up to 1 week pro-rata.

Other benefits

  • Relocation support - we have two practice houses, so often accommodation is available as part of the package
  • We take mental health seriously and subscribe to an employee assistance programme which provides 24/7 support as well as counselling sessions
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Company pension
  • Discounted veterinary fees and free membership to our Lifetime Care Cub
  • Team social events
  • Flu vaccine
  • Eye tests

Still need to be convinced?

  • We are proud, active members of XLVets, and recent winners of the XLVet's "Inspirational Teams" award.
  • We have a busy and varied caseload of farm animal medicine - perfect for aspirant certificate holders.
  • We’re situated in the heart of the Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site which presents a wealth of opportunities for walkers, horse-riders, kayakers, runners, mountaineers, climbers, paragliders, wild-swimmers and even skiers.

To apply, or for an informal discussion please email: [email protected] or telephone: 01900 826666