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Linnaeus Head of Emergency and Critical Care in Basildon, United Kingdom

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 currently recruiting for a Head of Emergency and Critical Care as we prepare to move to our brand-new purpose-built referral hospital in 2022.

This is an exciting full-time role and will ensure the candidate is an integral part of planning as we prepare to open our new state-of-the-art ICU department.

We are seeking an experienced ECC specialist (European or American board certified) to work with the leadership teams to build the infrastructure, recruit supporting teams and develop operating processes within the ICU and wider teams that will support our patients and colleagues across all of our services 24 hours a day.

An exciting time to join Southfields

This is a unique opportunity to join Southfields Veterinary Specialists and help us build and lead the team that will deliver emergency, critical and intensive care in our brand-new centre.

As SFVS prepares to move to brand new 42,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facilities, you will be part of a team that has been provided with some of the most advanced equipment and facilities in a supportive working environment.

You will be committed to developing the centre and providing high standards of care to both our patients and referring veterinary surgeons. You will join an excellent multi-disciplinary specialist-led team that provides the opportunity to work with some of the most exceptional and dedicated veterinary professionals in a supportive environment.

This exciting role will require the candidate to:

  • Provide clinical services as a consultant,

  • Work with the team for the development of the SFVS Emergency and Critical Care service

  • Support and develop the team,

  • Work collaboratively with all other services and foster good relationships

  • Develop new ways of working and SOPs within our new centre

  • Demonstrate professional standards that will advance patient care

  • Be an ambassador for the team.

This position is a key role within our leadership team and reports directly to the Clinical Director.

The position is suited to an experienced ECC specialist, with exceptional communication skills and the ability to work efficiently and effectively within a large 24-hour multi-disciplinary team.

The ideal applicant will be a solution focussed and be able to work collaboratively.

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

  • Desire to provide the best clinical service to all our patients

  • Ability to help develop and shape a growing service

  • Ability to work as part of a team and individually

  • Lead a team under pressure

  • Strong communication skills and professional approach.


  • 5 weeks holiday + bank holidays + Birthday Leave

  • RCVS and 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.

We would love to hear from you, please contact Sian Emery at if you have any questions about the role or to apply, please complete the application form below.