• Lead Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Location: 601 Hatfield Road, Smallford, St Albans, Hertfordshire Hours: Full time Practice: Village Vet (St Albans) Salary: £26,000 to £30,000 depending on experience Practice Details Village Vet (St Albans)

Our Vision:

To be recognised as an exceptional and trusted provider of primary veterinary care to our patients and clients within the communities that we serve. Every patient, every client, every visit.

Village Vet is a progressive, forward-thinking, premium veterinary group with small and medium-sized first opinion practices, four large 24-hour hospitals and a referral centre. Village Vet is based in London, Hertfordshire and Cambridge. We believe in supporting and investing in our staff, investing in our facilities and ensuring that our clients and their pets receive only the very best, modern first opinion or specialist care. Our staff are motivated and encouraged to gain additional certifications across all levels of employment and we offer career progression within our group. We have a strong recognisable brand and we are looking for people who share our vision and our culture. We have over 330 staff members across our 32 sites and are very proud of our achievements and our reputation in the veterinary profession.

We are a well-established, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) accredited, small animal primary care practice that covers the locations of London, Hertfordshire, and Cambridgeshire. Alongside all our primary care services we also have four 24-hour continuous care hospitals made up of our highly certified specialists and general practice staff to ensure the highest form of veterinary care for the benefit of pets and clients alike.   


Your role and responsibilities

Due to an internal promotion, an opportunity has arisen for an experienced nurse to join the Village Vet, St Albans team as a Lead Registered Veterinary Nurse.

The hospital provides 24hr patient care and is located in an area boasting great countryside and unparalleled access to London.

The purpose-built hospital and has been awarded ‘Hospital and Emergency Centre’ status under the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme and is very well-equipped with full digital diagnostic facilities, laboratory, operating theatre, separate dog and cat wards and ample parking on site.

Working enthusiastically with your team you will work closely with the Clinical Nurse Manager to help maintain a happy, efficient working environment, taking an active part in clinical duties for approximately 95% of your working hours, including a full share of the on-call rota.5% of the role will be allocated for administration duties that come with the role.

You will demonstrate an excellent work protocol in all nursing duties and, in conjunction with the Clinical Nurse Manager, oversee the nurse team, provision of care and help develop protocols to ensure a standardized and evidence-based approach to nursing. You will support the Clinical Nurse Manager to ensure patients are managed as effectively as possible from a nursing perspective to support the profitability and further growth of the practice.

In addition, you would be required to undertake some line management responsibilities, providing feedback to the Clinical Nursing Manager who can ensure mentoring, coaching and development discussions are implemented where needed and Liaising with the Clinical Nurse Manager/Senior Leadership Team to support the identification and implementation of learning, development and CPD that is aligned to the practice vision for growth. You would also be working with and providing guidance for our Patient Care Assistants and Student Veterinary Nurses, so a Clinical Coach qualification and a passion for mentoring would also be desirable.

We seek an excellent communicator who is highly organised, with at least 1-2 years post-registration experience. Previous leadership experience is desirable but not essential as support and guidance is provided by the Regional Management Team and the Linnaeus Veterinary Nursing Support Team.

Job Description is available on request

Hours: Full time, 42 hr/wk, Monday – Friday

1:4 Saturdays, 1:9 Sundays

2 x bank holiday per year



  • 25 days holiday (pro-rata) plus bank holidays (annual leave will be given in lieu of a bank holiday worked as part of rota)
  • Additional paid day off to celebrate your birthday
  • Welcome package
  • Enhanced equal family leave
  • Enhanced sickness policy
  • RCVS & VDS fees paid
  • £500 CPD allowance with 2 days off to attend (higher budget/courses negotiable)
  • Extensive learning and development programmes
  • Progression opportunities
  • Staff discount schemes
  • Discounts with PetPlan
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Gym membership discount
  • Cycle2Work scheme
  • Eye care voucher
  • Flu vaccine voucher
  • Recruitment 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 that 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, 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 Anna Smith at [email protected] if have any questions about the role or to apply, please complete the application form below.

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