• Lead Registered Veterinary Nurse - Theatre

    Location: The Paddock, 53 Cherrydown West, Basildon, Essex Hours: Practice: Cherrydown Vets Basildon Salary: £23,145 - £28,810 depending on experience Practice Details Cherrydown Vets Basildon

Cherrydown Vets are a progressive, forward-thinking, premium veterinary practice. Our main hospital site is based in Basildon and we have two smaller sites one in Stanford and the other in Wickford that offer preventative clinics.

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. 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 60 staff members and are very proud of our achievements and our reputation in the veterinary profession.

By joining our Cherrydown Family, you will provide compassionate, expert care for our animals and professional support to our clients, to really make: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.


Your role and responsibilities:

We are currently looking for an organised, dedicated Lead Nurse with at least three years’ experience that has a keen interest in all aspects of first-opinion work and nurse consultations. Alongside our primary care services, Cherrydown offers medical workups such as ultrasound/x-ray/in house testing and will be required as part of this caring role. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Work with all nurses, including students and new starters to ensure competency in theatre and anaesthesia practice. Ensure the team have completed the Linnaeus anaesthesia training course
  • Keep up to date with CPD for theatre and anaesthesia practice and implement new protocols and updates SOPs as agreed with the Clinical Nurse Manager (CNM) and share with the team
  • Complete necessary audits to ensure the highest of inpatient care and safety is maintained and implement changes as necessary in line with the CNM This may include temperature/blood pressure, drug and GA sheets.
  • Ensure surgical checklists, recovery and anaesthetic charts are being completed for each patient. Liaise with individuals if not being completed
  • Work with the nurses to maintain infection control in theatres, dental, x-ray and prep rooms to ensure the cleaning regimes are being completed and signed off
  • Maintain the highest level of sterility in the theatres, ensuring sterilisation does not exceed 3 months and ensuring the team are wearing the correct PPE.

Main purpose & goals:

  • Maintain an overview of the nursing team and provision of animal care across the team that you lead
  • Managing your area of responsibility by working with other lead nurses and the Clinical Nursing Manager in order to achieve this
  • Demonstrating an excellent work protocol in all nursing duties including a high level of hygiene and the ability to recognise and undertake relevant actions with regard to infection control
  • Approximately 95% of the role will be clinical duties (to allow 5% for admin that may come with that role) including a full share of the on-call rota
  • Provide leadership to those working in your area of responsibility and others across the business
  • Ensure that all cases in your team area are dealt with in a timely manner, and that unnecessary delays are prevented at all times
  • Ensure that in your area of responsibility the team are implementing accurate patient record-keeping and that all patient care instructions are followed by the nursing team
  • Work with the Clinical Nursing Manager, where required to help develop a skills matrix for nursing requirements within your area of responsibility.
  • Help support the identification, prioritisation and implementation of learning, development and CPD for nurses in your team where required
  • Work with the Clinical Nursing Manager to ensure all new nurses entering the business are supported to complete their induction
  • Complete Nurse appraisals who work as part of your team
  • Participate in external CPD appropriate to your role plus any training in-house, ensuring post-training feedback forms are completed/cascade of relevant information to appropriate team members
  • Implement the Practice Standards Scheme across the practice
  • Implement the ISFM standards across the practice
  • Use Vetsafe reporting to target training where nursing care can be improved
  • Report and summarise critical incidents as part of Practice Clinical Governance Policy
  • Be fully aware of all Health & Safety issues and read all information supplied
  • Adhere to confidentiality relating to all aspects of the business including complying with and assisting with all requirements relating to GDPR compliance.

The working hours are 5 days Monday to Friday on a rota including a night rota shift. 

1 in 3 weekends OOHs - you will work one shift either Saturday day, night or Sunday day or night.

Please visit our website for further information: https://www.cherrydownvets.co.uk/



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


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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