• ICU Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Location: Highlands Road, Shirley, Solihull Hours: Full time Practice: Willows Referral Service Salary: Starting from £28,000 DOE Practice Details Willows Referral Service

Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service is one of the leading small animal referral centres in the world, having been delivering the highest possible standard of pet healthcare for over 30 years.  

Our vision is to provide an unrivalled clinical, patient, client and team experience that is recognised for excellence across the world. Our values centre around the care of our patients, our clients, our referring vets, each other, and the environment to make A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.         

Willows is widely known for the delivery of CPD, and we strongly encourage all our associates to continually develop their skills and knowledge. We employ over 250 Associates working as part of an outstanding multi-disciplinary team led by internationally-renowned Specialists. Our service teams include orthopaedics, neurology, ophthalmology, internal medicine, clinical nutrition, oncology, soft tissue surgery, cardiology, dermatology, Emergency and Critical Care, anaesthesia and analgesia, diagnostic imaging and physiotherapy. 

In-patient care is a priority and includes 24-hour veterinary and nursing cover, with support from a team of emergency vets and Interns. Our hospital facilities are of the highest quality, including on-site Siemens 64-slice CT, Siemens 1.5T MRI, two in-theatre mobile image intensifiers, two digital radiography rooms, ultrasonography, electro diagnostics, video endoscopy and an extensive range of advanced surgical equipment.


Your role and responsibilities  

The role of the ICU Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) is critical to the provision of high standards of client and patient care. The purpose of this position is to serve primarily as an ICU RVN. You will be responsible for the nursing care of critical patients, and the recovery of high-risk patients following general anaesthesia. Guidance, support and coordination of interns, junior nursing staff, SVNs and veterinary care assistants are important aspects of the role. A mature, highly professional manner, ability to work closely with other personnel, excellent written and verbal communication, high levels of attention to detail, concentration and accuracy are all paramount to this role. Should caseload allow and upon the request of nursing line managers, assistance with general nursing duties in other departments of the hospital may also be required 


  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays + Birthday Leave
  • RCVS & VDS fees paid
  • External CPD funded
  • Extensive free online Linnaeus CPD programmes
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Staff discount schemes
  • Enhanced sickness pay
  • Enhanced equal family leave
  • Wellness program includes:
    • Employee assistance programme
    • Eyecare voucher scheme
    • Free annual flu jab
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • Recruitment referral reward scheme

At Linnaeus, we are committed to supporting the physical and mental health of all our Associates. We have an amazing team of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) across our practices and central support office in addition to a confidential Employee Assistance Programme which is available for everyone.

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, which 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 world among our team.

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


Don’t just take our word for it  

Click here to find out why our fabulous nursing team love working at Willows



If you would like to find out more about the RVN position, please contact: Anna Smith on [email protected] or complete the application form below.

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