• Surgery Ward Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Location: Station Farm, London Road, Six Mile Bottom, Cambridgeshire Hours: Full time Practice: Dick White Referrals Salary: £25,813 - £30,813 DOE Practice Details Dick White Referrals

About us 

Dick White Referrals (DWR) is one of the largest specialist multi-disciplinary veterinary referral centres in Europe, offering outstanding levels of clinical care in state-of-the-art facilities.

Our dedicated vets, nurses and nursing assistants, supported by the client care teams, are committed to providing the highest quality surgical and medical care for pets. Many of our clinicians are nationally or internationally recognised specialists in their field and bring unique experiences to care for pets.

We accept referrals in Anaesthesia, Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Dermatology, Diagnostic Imaging, Emergency and Critical Care, Internal Medicine Neurology and Neurosurgery, Oncology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Physiotherapy and Soft Tissue Surgery.

We have comprehensive and established clinical and non-clinical programmes for training, development and CPD.

Visit this page to read about our vision, mission and values: https://www.dickwhitereferrals.com/about-us/our-vision-mission-and-values/

 Your role and responsibilities 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a passionate and enthusiastic Ward Nurse to join our vibrant Surgery Ward Nursing Team working in our busy, purpose-built centre that is fully equipped with the surgical equipment and diagnostic facilities commensurate with a flagship specialist veterinary hospital.

Key Accountabilities: 

  • Undertake all nursing duties for soft tissue and orthopaedic surgical canine patients within the ward. 
  • Administer treatment including injections, medications, fluid therapy and dressings. 
  • All pre and post-operative care and appropriate monitoring of in-patients with a wide range of conditions requiring surgical intervention. 
  • Monitoring the recovery of patients from GA or sedations for diagnostic and surgical procedures. 
  • Barrier nursing of infectious patients.
  • Independently carry out nursing duties such as patient handling and restraint, wound care, pain assesments, taking blood samples, placing intravenous catheters, handling and using feeding tubes, chest drains, active suction drains and passive drains. 
  • The placing, handling and maintenance of urinary catheters.
  • Handling and accurate calculation and administration of a variety of drugs in various forms.
  • Dispense drugs in accordance with professional guidelines and hospital protocols.
  • Undertake general cleaning duties throughout the wards, including the premises, equipment and animal quarters.
  • Maintain up to date and accurate clinical records including billing of all fees related to the patient’s stay within the ward. 
  • To participate in wards rounds with colleagues.
  • Undertake continuing professional and personal development associated with the role.
  • Assisting colleagues in other wards or departments as required and when requested to by your Line Manager. 
  • Comply with the requirements of Health & Safety, other relevant legislation and DWR policies.
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties within the overall function of the job.
  • Supporting SVNs and Patient Care Assistants with their training.   
  • Although the role is predominately canine based, some contact with feline patients will also be required. 

This position is full time, working a 40 hour week (Monday-friday) and a 1:4 weekend rota with compensated time off. Participation in the bank holiday rota is also required. 


  • Organised in-house CPD 
  • Dedicated CPD allowance
  • Pension
  • Generous leave allowance
  • Access to Private Medical cover
  • Personal Health Insurance
  • Life Assurance
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Enhanced equal family leave 
  • Enhanced sick leave 

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. To apply, please complete the application form below.

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