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Night Veterinary Nurse

Updated: Nov 10

There’s no better time to join our talented team at Donnington Grove!

We have a unique opportunity for a SA Veterinary Night Nurse to join our team. This is a new role that has been created to further enhance our out-of-hours service. The duties of this role include: Overnight care of in-patients, triaging phone calls and working with the Veterinary Surgeon on call to treat emergency cases. You will also be working alongside student veterinary nurses for some of the night and therefore supervising them, followed by sole working to complete the shift.

The shift pattern is 7 nights working 7.30pm-7.30am, followed by 14 nights off.

Up to £35,000 depending on experience, plus benefits

Modern practices with excellent facilities

Our main Hospital has RCVS Tier 3 hospital status and is based in Newbury, which is a thriving town in West Berkshire, with many restaurants and only a 45-minute train journey to London Paddington. Situated on the edge of the North Wessex Downs AONB, it also provides beautiful local countryside for long walks with our canine friends.

We have facilities for imaging and surgery at any time of day or night. Our equipment includes Digital radiography, digital dental radiography, ultrasound with colour doppler, endoscopy, arthroscopy, Operating microscope, microsurgical equipment, slit lamp and tonovet.

Meet like-minded professionals We have a team of 17 vets, including certificate holders in small animal surgery and ophthalmology, as well as vets with an interest in internal medicine and exotics. This makes us more than a first-opinion practice as we often perform surgeries and treat cases that may otherwise have been referred. Having been established for decades, and with two branch practices in Thatcham and Tadley, we have a huge client base which comes with lots of variety in our caseload. Our nursing team is made up of 16 RVNS and 9 SVNs in various stages of their training. We are supported by a team of 7 nursing assistants.

We encourage our nurses to pursue special interests as much as possible, for example, we currently have nurses studying towards nutrition and small animal medicine certificates.

What we’re looking for in you? You will be an RCVS registered RVN with confidence in all areas of veterinary nursing. Ideally you will have ECC experience due to the nature of this role and thrive when it matters the most. You will have a desire to drive forward clinical standards and client care as well as work well in a team environment.

Because our employees matter

We recognise that our people are fundamental to the success of our business. Investing in our people, premises and processes is at the heart of what we do. In addition to a competitive base salary, you will benefit from –

Work-life balance

  • 6.6 weeks annual leave

  • Increasing holiday allowance based on length of service

  • Your birthday as a paid day off


  • Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay

  • Private Medical Insurance

  • Cycle to Work scheme

  • Initiatives focused on employee wellbeing, including discounted gym membership

  • Non-accidental injury support


  • £550 CPD allowance with 3 days paid pro rata

  • Certificate support

  • Learning and development opportunities via the IVC Evidensia Academy

  • Access to Vetlexicon – our online encyclopaedia provider

  • All our Vets & Nurses can apply for research funding

  • Infection Prevention and Control Programme

  • Quality Improvement Programme

Professional Memberships

  • VDS cover

  • RCVS fees


  • Pawsome Benefits – reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with 100’s of retailers

  • Pension 5% Employee/3% Employer

  • Discounted staff pet care

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to Lynda Lewendon HR Manager,

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