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Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

We are a fiercely independent, six-centre, mixed practice in the western Lake District. We currently have opportunities for both experienced and new graduate vets 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.

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 is standard for experienced vets with options to increase salary or reduce working hours.
  • 15-minute consults with plenty of breaks. You are actually allowed time to catch up, report results or have a cup of tea!
  • Excellent facilities including digital radiography, ultrasound, top-end video endoscopy, class IV laser, Tonovet tonometer and dental radiography.
  • Shared small-animal only on-call rota, on paper 1 weeknight in 8 but currently 1 weeknight in 10 with rolling relief. Approximately 2.5 weekends in 10.
  • ½ Day following a night on call and a day off following a weekend on call.
  • Accommodation is always available at the practice for those who prefer to stay on-site for OOH.
  • Twilight RVN on-site providing triaging calls and managing inpatients up to 10.30pm. Dedicated on-call RVN after 10:30pm
  • CPD 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, BVA and one other professional membership fee of your choice paid

New graduates

For new graduates, we are offering a position on our Graduate Development Programme.
In addition to the above:

  • Package of £36k
  • 30 minute consults to begin your career
  • Working at our larger Cockermouth and Workington surgeries where there are large teams of vets and RVNs to provide plenty of support
    • Sole charge as a new grad is neither fair, nor expected.
  • Enhanced CPD with attendance on the XLVets Small Animal Graduate Development Programme.
  • This involves:
    • Monthly meetings with an external XLVets mentor
    • 80hrs+ of external CPD spread over a year delivered by experts in the XLVets community
    • Lots of socialising with an XLVets peer group of other new graduates across the country
  • We are an approved graduate development practice with four registered vetGDP mentors
  • We actively encourage mentorship by paying a bonus to our VetGDP mentors. We also have access to internal and external XLVets "Mentoring Matters" mentors
  • Full back-up OOH with a dedicated experienced vet rostered on alongside your nights.
  • Informal support and directors available 24/7 long term
  • Due to our large team, plenty of support, mentoring and caseload, we will make any new graduate a truly great vet


  • 6 pro-rata weeks of paid holiday per year, including public holidays, with an 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 small animal medicine and surgery - 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
  • We currently have certificate holders in surgery, exotics, imaging and cardiology, and vets studying towards ECC, medicine and behaviour. We therefore regularly accept referrals for cardiology, ultrasound and exotics

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

To apply, or for an informal discussion please email: jobs@millcroftvets.co.uk or telephone: 01900 826666