• Graduate Veterinary Surgeon

    Location: Hillcroft, Hall Street, Dudley, West Midlands Hours: Primary Care, Full time Practice: Blacks Vets Dudley Salary: £34,000 Closing Date: 30th June Practice Details Blacks Vets Dudley

Blacks Vets has been caring for the Black Country’s pet community since 1965. The main hospital site in Dudley is a 24/7 RCVS Accredited Hospital, providing 24/7 emergency services and in-patient hospital care. This provides an exciting and varied clinical caseload, including emergency and critical care, whilst allowing for case continuity.

The dedicated teamwork to provide a high standard of primary care service alongside a Certificate led referral service, ensuring new graduates will have exposure to a wide variety of clinical cases and a wealth of experience to learn from and be guided by. Blacks have a long history of mentoring and supporting new graduates and they aim to deliver across all the core foundations of the Linnaeus GDP.

Blacks has a highly qualified team of 18 veterinary surgeons over 5 sites, including certificate holders in surgery, cardiology, imaging, internal medicine, dermatology and advanced veterinary practice. Blacks provide primary care services and certificate-led referral services in:

  • Orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery, including TPLO, laparoscopy and arthroscopy
  • Cardiology, including 24-hour ECG monitoring, ECHO, bronchoscopy
  • Imaging including on-site CT, ultrasonography and a visiting MRI
  • Internal medicine, including endoscopy
  • Dermatology.

The state-of-the-art facilities include 12 operating theatres, CT scanners, digital x-rays, a dedicated dental theatre with digital x-rays, laparoscopic equipment, endoscope, ultrasound and visiting MRI. Hospital facilities including oxygen kennel, incubators and multiparameter monitors


Your role and responsibilities

Linnaeus has already seen a number of graduates progress within the group and we’re always on the lookout for future talent to join us. We are committed to supporting you to develop yourself and your career. You will have the opportunity to share your ideas and help shape our continued commitment to developing new treatments and technological advancements in the industry. You’ll benefit from:

  • A 12-month Graduate Development Programme (GDP) aligned with the RCVS VetGDP
  • Subsequent 12-month Early Careers Programme (ECP)
  • Starting salary from £34,000 with a review at 12 months
  • RCVS membership fees, professional indemnity insurance and an additional membership of choice (BVA or BSAVA) provided
  • Graduate roles are available throughout the UK.


  • In-practice primary mentor and trained VetGDP Adviser
  • In-practice secondary mentor
  • Peer-to-peer support through GDP networking and social events
  • Dedicated graduate contact point within the Linnaeus Central Support Team
  • Placement at a supportive practice


Graduate Development Programme (GDP):

  • 12 core educational days including an intensive pre-start training camp
  • Focus on fundamental primary care clinical and professional skills

Early Careers Programme (ECP):

  • Up to 10 days of CPD, including core educational days on more advanced topics
  • Flexibility to attend CPD of your own choice
  • Graduate specific practical training days
  • Additional CPD opportunities outside of the GDP – conference attendance, external CPD, practice visits
  • Access to an extensive online resource library with 150+ hours of on-demand content
  • Access to exclusive Linnaeus CPD courses free of charge.

Ongoing Development:

  • Permanent contract within Linnaeus Veterinary Limited
  • Support to map out your own career journey
  • Flexibility to move within the Linnaeus family on graduation



  • Starting salary from £34,000 with a review at 12 months
  • RCVS Membership fees, professional indemnity insurance and an additional membership of choice (BVA or BSAVA) provided
  • 25 days annual leave + your birthday off
  • Workplace pension scheme.
  • Generous sick pay allowance.
  • Enhanced equal family leave
  • Enhanced sickness leave.


Part of an amazing global family

The future of the veterinary world is at the heart of everything we do. We are all individual but two important things bring us together: a commitment to excellence and our passion to make A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.

Linnaeus is owned by Mars, that makes us part of their 70,000 veterinary health Associates who spend their days thinking about the 400 million pets of the world and how to improve their lives. Being part of this amazing global group gives us the benefit of a huge network of experts and specialists, a future we can invest in and the security that allows us to concentrate on what we do best – caring for pets.

Our Associates are fundamental to our success and we are proud to count some of the finest specialists, veterinary surgeons and nurses in the UK among our team.

Being part of the Mars family of businesses provides huge development opportunities across the group for our Associates.


We would love to hear from you, please contact Howard Stapleton at [email protected] if have any questions about the role or to apply, please complete the application through the link below:


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