• Graduate Veterinary Surgeon

    Location: Units E and F, Madford Retail Park, Foregate Street, Stafford Hours: Job vacancy type Practice: Donnachie & Townley Veterinary Centre Stafford Salary: £34,000 Closing Date: 30th July Practice Details Donnachie & Townley Veterinary Centre Stafford

Donnachie & Townley (D&T) Veterinary Centre is a small, but friendly practice in Staffordshire where pet, client and staff care at the heart of everything they do. The team are experienced in new graduate support, with a mix of experience,but being young enough to remember the pressures faced by new graduates. The small team makes for a perfect, supportive, informal learning environment as well as access to emotional and wellbeing support.

D&T has all the usual equipment including digital x-ray, dental x-ray, ultrasound, capnography, ECG and laboratory facilities including a microscope with camera and tablet that is ideal for teaching. The team currently offer acupuncture on-site and are looking to further develop other services offered in-house including surgery and physiotherapy.

Both sites are silver status in the ISMF Cat-Friendly Practices and D&T was awarded Best Small Animal Practice In Staffordshire in 2020 by the SME awards. The team are also working towards two RCVS Awards and their Bronze Accreditation in the iiE sustainability programme.

The enthusiastic and dedicated team at D&T are ready to support a new graduate in their transition from university to clinical practice and welcome them into the D&T family!


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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