• Lead Veterinary Surgeon, Full-Time or Part-Time

    Location: 2 Pottery Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife Hours: Primary Care Practice: St. Clair Veterinary Group Kirkcaldy Salary: Up to £55,000 Practice Details St. Clair Veterinary Group Kirkcaldy

We are a British Small Animal Veterinary Association approved practice and an Approved Training Centre, certified by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

St Clair Vets is a progressive, well-equipped practice in Kirkcaldy that’s been at the very heart of our local community for many years. We take pride in providing a caring, compassionate, and friendly service to all our clients and their precious pets. With parking available and easy access to public transport, this is a fantastic opportunity to work in a busy practice.  

We are also close to Edinburgh, with great transport links to the city.


Your role and responsibilities

We are currently looking for a Lead Veterinary Surgeon to join our exciting team.

Your role as a Lead Veterinary Surgeon is key to the team’s ability to succeed. You will be leading and working alongside a clinical team including vets, nurses and receptionists at the main branch in Kirkcaldy and the branch surgeries, when necessary, all aiming towards providing the highest standards of care while, maximising efficiency, nourishing customer services and customer care and bond clients to St Clair Vet.  You will be responsible for managing the clinical activities of the practices and act as the first line of management, developing the team to optimise uptake of clinical services, mentoring the team to allow for personal development, showing initiative for innovation and change.

If you have over 5 Years’ experience, are MRCVS Certified and are an enthusiastic, approachable, an empathic person with excellent clinical- and communication skills please get in touch.

We care for all small animals, wildlife, some exotics and even the odd seal!  You will see a variation of routine, preventative, and more advanced cases during your working week, and you will have the opportunity to work between our sites which will offer you different paces & caseloads, should you wish. If mentoring is something you enjoy, we have lots of opportunities to mentor & support our more recently graduated team members too.

As a group we are well equipped and have an extensive range of surgical and diagnostic equipment available which includes in-house biochemistry/haematology machines, operating microscopes, digital x-ray, ultrasound, video endoscope plus all the usual toys! You will be supported by our large, dedicated Vet team, highly experienced clinical directors, wonderful, experienced nurses, and a fantastic front of house team. Our team are important to us and you will feel supported at St Clair Vets. We all pull together through the hard times but equally enjoy each other’s company and are never short of humour. We have a big focus on mental health and work-life balance too. We often discuss clinical cases and when possible, we do often attend socialising events.

Our varied caseload means we have been able to welcome & support many certificate holders over the years. In our team, we currently have Certificate holders or Vets studying towards certs in; ECC, surgery, ophthalmology, internal medicine and more. We do have a small exotics caseload that we would be keen to consider increasing and welcome Vets with Exotic certificates/interests. On top of your personal CPD allowance, you will also have access to the wider Linnaeus team of referral specialists for further support and CPD. We encourage everyone within the team to have input and feedback on the practice's future.

Part-time or full-time hours considered, 8 hrs day or 10 hrs days,  including consults, surgery,  emergency and critical care, 1:4 Saturdays with time off in lieu.



  • 5 weeks holiday per year + birthday leave day
  • Salary paying up to £55,000k
  • 8 public holidays per year
  • CPD Support
  • Specsavers free eye test (and voucher for glasses for VDU use if applicable)
  • Cycle2Work scheme
  • Employee assistance programme
  • RCVS fee paid
  • 1st opinion and referral hospital, excellent team ethos and lovely clients
  • Pension scheme – automatic enrolment and completely hassle-free
  • Discount for own pets
  • Enhanced company sick pay
  • Enhanced company maternity/paternity.


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.

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