• Patient Care Assistant (Ophthalmology)

    Location: Bramston Way, Southfields, Laindon, Essex Hours: Practice: Southfields Veterinary Specialists Salary: Practice Details Southfields Veterinary Specialists

Southfields is the new name in Referral services. It’s a very exciting time to join a forward-thinking and highly motivated team that has the support of the Linnaeus Group, providing significant investment in providing new innovative services, a contemporary state-of-the-art working environment and commitment to personal and career development. With an excellent support team in place, you’ll be able to concentrate on what you do best in a friendly and supportive practice.


Your role and responsibilities

Southfields Veterinary Specialists are recruiting for a talented Patient Care Assistant (PCA) to support our team of highly skilled veterinary specialists, residents, interns, and nurses, as part of our Ophthalmology team. We are looking to meet candidates who are passionate about animal welfare and developing their knowledge and experience within the veterinary industry.

You will work both independently and as part of a team to support the provision of inpatient and emergency care to patients requiring investigations and treatment by our Ophthalmology team. Your duties will include, assisting with the preparation of patients and equipment for medical and surgical procedures; preparing and maintaining ophthalmology equipment, performing in-house lab tests and documenting results in line with practice policies; assisting with the delivery of inpatient care; maintaining high levels of cleanliness and ensuring effective stock management in your area of responsibility and throughout the hospital.

Opportunities for career development: You will have the opportunity to build upon your existing skillset through a thorough and supported induction alongside the completion of the Linnaeus Patient Care Assistant Course, covering topics such as animal husbandry, pharmacy, laboratory, and inpatient care.

This is a full-time (average 40 hours per week), permanent position with shifts between 7 am-8 pm. You will participate in a weekend and Bank Holiday rota.

This is an exciting time to join Southfields as we expand our offering and invest in new services. Joining us will allow you to work within an exceptional team and develop your career. Referral experience is not essential, as full training and support will be provided.

Southfields are proud to encourage the continued professional development of their Associates, and, upon successful completion of your probation period, you will be considered for enrolment on to the Level 2 Veterinary Care Support Assistant apprenticeship, with the potential to progress to a Student Veterinary Nurse position in the future.

You need to be a highly motivated self-starter with the:

  • Desire to provide gold standard care to all our patients
  • Ability and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Inclination to learn, and develop your clinical skills

You must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Have an excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Maintain a professional and caring approach in all aspects of your work
  • Provide evidence of your Right to Work in the UK
  • Have a minimum of 1-year experience of working as a Patient Care Assistant within a veterinary environment



  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays + Birthday Leave
  • *Pro-rata for part-time Associates
  • 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 including:
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Eyecare voucher scheme
  • Free annual flu jab
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • 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, 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 [email protected] if you have any questions about the role or to apply, please complete the application form below.

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