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Linnaeus THERAPEUTIC RADIOGRAPHER/RADIATION THERAPIST in Basildon, United Kingdom

Oncology is a fast-growing field in veterinary medicine and the demand for radiation therapy for pets has significantly increased in recent years.

As one of only 5 facilities in the UK offering this treatment, animals are referred to Southfields from all over England and even internationally. Southfields aims to lead the UK veterinary profession in the delivery and development of radiation oncology. Our oncology building houses a state-of-the-art oncology centre and includes a brand new Varian Truebeam® with on-board kV imaging (including 3D/4D CBCT, fluoroscopy, electron capability, RapidArc™ VMAT, and intensity-modulated radiation therapy. We perform stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT) daily. We also hold the respiratory-gating package and are in the process or arranging installation of an RGSC camera and 4DCT licenses to permit gated treatments. We will be one of only two veterinary centres in the world with this technology.

The radiation oncology service is led by a board-certified veterinary oncologist, who is a recognised specialist in both medical and radiation oncology. There is an additional double-boarded oncologist who is a member of the team.

The successful applicant will be a key member of a small team, where they will work with the minimum of supervision under the direction of the senior clinical oncologists within the current team of 2 additional veterinary-trained radiation therapists, interns, anaesthesia staff and registered veterinary nurses (RVNs).

The TR/radiation therapist is responsible for delivery of radiation therapy (including image-guided treatments) to veterinary patients, and for the support and development of this activity within the Southfields oncology team. This is a broad role and involves all stages of case processing from the time of CT/MRI imaging, CT simulation and immobilisation to discharge from hospital, client communications and administration, CT planning and contouring/radiation planning (support/training provided where needed).

The role holder will also be responsible for the day to day running of the radiation therapy service, including undertaking some appropriate associated administration work. Responsibilities will also include shared

responsibility for Health & safety, QA and servicing of Linac. It is a hands-on role and requires routine interactions with patients so a love of animals and willingness to undertake animal handling is essential. Training will be provided where necessary.

A major component of the role will be to facilitate efficient and accurate delivery of radiotherapy treatments and ensure that this is performed by the other members of the radiotherapy team, with appropriate monitoring and clinical governance.

Vitally, the successful applicant will demonstrate excellent client care and communication skills, participating knowledgeably in post-treatment client contact, offering guidance and support to owners following their pet’s procedure.

About Us

We are a multi-disciplinary, RCVS accredited specialist lead referral centre within the county of Essex, where we work to the highest standards of veterinary care for pets, creating a seamless experience for them and their owners. We are incredibly proud to have an outstanding team of highly qualified veterinary specialists, that enable the very best care for all patients that come to our practice.

Benefits

  • 5 weeks holiday plus bank holidays and Birthday Leave

  • RCVS and VDS fees paid

  • External CPD funded

  • Extensive free online Linnaeus CPD program

  • Career progression opportunities

  • Staff discount schemes

  • Life Assurance

  • Enhanced sickness pay

  • Enhanced equal family leave

  • E-car salary sacrifice scheme

  • Employer contribution pension scheme

  • Wellness program including:

  • Employee assistance program

  • Eyecare voucher scheme

  • Free annual Flu jab

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Recruitment referral reward scheme

  • Excellent location only 30 minutes by train from central London, within easy reach of the beautiful Essex countryside and extremely well located for international travel links by air and train.

Informal queries to the Head of Oncology, lead in radiation oncology (james.elliott@southfields.co.uk)

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