• Lead Registered Veterinary Nurse, Out of Hours, Emergency and Critical Care

    Location: Savile Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire Hours: Primary Care, 24 hour emergency, Full time Practice: Calder Vets Dewsbury Salary: £31000 - £35000 Practice Details Calder Vets Dewsbury

Calder Vets is based in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, a 13-minute train ride from the city of Leeds with easy access to the beautiful Peak District and the city of York less than 1 hour away.  We are a high standard primary care and referral Tier 3 Hospital with ten satellite clinics across the beautiful West and South Yorkshire regions. We have excellent facilities including on-site CT, dental suite, digital x-ray and dental x-ray, ultrasound, in-house lab, endoscopy, excellent anaesthetic monitoring equipment including multiparameter monitors, separate wards for surgical, medical, isolation, cats, exotics and outpatients.


  • 3 theatres
  • Separate cat/dog/exotic wards plus ICU
  • X-ray (including in theatre), 2 x ultrasound scanners (including a new state of the art echo scanner) plus CT and visiting MRI
  • Large range of scopes including flexible, rigid and laparoscopy
  • Dental suite with x-ray
  • Internal lab with Haem/biochem/coags/iSTAT etc

We’re passionate veterinary professionals who are committed to providing exceptional care. Our mission is to provide high-quality healthcare and strive to make visiting the vets a positive experience for our patients and clients. Our core values are clinical excellence, client care, patient care, teamwork, development and positivity. We are looking for like-minded team members to come and join our fantastic team.

We are also a friendly, welcoming team who enjoy bringing fun into the workplace.  Our champions team organises regular events and we have made an exciting engagement action plan together as a team.  We are also working on our wellbeing agenda, with trained Mental Health First Aiders on site, as well as working towards our investors in the environment bronze award.


Roles and Responsibilities

We at Calder Vets Dewsbury are looking for a nurse to fill a Lead Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) role covering out of hours (OOH) and Emergency and Critical Care (ECC)

This is the perfect position for an RVN looking to progress in all aspects of ECC-based nursing. The candidate will require experience in OOH and ECC or have a keen interest to develop within this area. You will help to facilitate the efficient and effective flow of patients throughout the hospital, whilst ensuring the delivery of exceptional care to patients.

We are looking for a nurse looking with a desire to focus their knowledge on all aspects of OOH/ECC, the leadership of a team, protocols, and procedures to ensure the highest standard of care is provided.

Expected responsibilities include:

  • Working alongside clinicians, RVNs, Student Veterinary Nurses (SVN) and Patient Care Assistant (PCA) to provide an effective and efficient triage, ECC care and OOH cover
  • Effectively manage a team of RVNs & PCAs including day to day support, development, absence management, PDRs
  • Attend and contribute to lead nurse meetings
  • Involvement in diverse cases from routine surgery to intensive care cases
  • Involvement in aiding in research and development within the veterinary sector in multiple disciplines, as well as supported self-clinical progression
  • Inpatient care – follow care plans set by vets each day
  • Complete patient handovers in am/pm
  • Aid completion of clinical audits
  • Client communication to update on the progress of their pets
  • Promoting and supporting projects such as the Practice Standards Scheme accreditations and awards and ISFM Cat-Friendly clinic
  • Participate in clinical governance through contribution to Vetsafe, participating in M&M meetings and assisting with clinical audit
  • Promote and support the practice of environmental policies
  • Take an active role in wider practice projects such as engagement action planning and Practice Standards Scheme
  • Demonstrate excellent communication with the whole team and cascade information appropriately.

Our OOH team is a nurse lead department consisting of dedicated OOH veterinary surgeons, RVNs and patient care assistants who help us provide 24 hour care to our hospitalised patients and work alongside all other departments within the hospital.

This is a rewarding role within the OOH department providing care and treatment plans to hospitalised and emergency patients. You will be working alongside multiple departments, which allows a varied and rewarding nursing role with continued development and funding. As a department, we are striving for the best for our patients, and in the development of our nursing team.

The successful candidate must have a love of working within an extremely varied and fast-paced environment with a team of like-minded people. We are looking for someone who will not only go above and beyond for our patients but for their colleagues too. Experience working in a hospital and a leadership role is beneficial but not essential as comprehensive training from our highly experienced senior leadership team will be provided. Candidates must be qualified RVNs and will be proactive, enthusiastic, approachable, a great team player, able to use their own initiative and self-motivated. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to multi-task with a flexible approach to working are essential.

You will have access to state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and be trained in advanced monitoring techniques including, blood pressure monitoring, capnography, ECG, and arterial blood gas analysis, to ensure our patients receive the highest level of care.

    You will see a large and varied first opinion, referral and emergency caseload, working within an exceptional team and developing your career whilst being exposed to cases from all disciplines. This is a rewarding and challenging role that will require teamwork and dedication to the service and its patients.

This is a 40hrs per week role which is to cover the back shift ideally 3 pm-12 pm (hours are flexible) with some weekend and night cover when necessary. We will consider part-time applicants and flexible working where possible.



  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays on a pro-rata basis.
  • Birthday leave
  • RCVS & VDS fees paid
  • Employee assistance programme
  • CPD allowance
  • Extensive learning and development programmes
  • Progression opportunities
  • Staff discount schemes
  • Discounts with PetPlan
  • Enhanced parental leave policy
  • Enhanced sickness policy
  • Cycle2Work scheme
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Recruitment reward scheme
  • Gym membership discount
  • Flu vaccine voucher.


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’d love to hear from you so please contact [email protected] for more information or an informal chat.

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