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Linnaeus Lead Theatre Registered Veterinary Nurse in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Job Title: Lead Theatre Registered Veterinary Nurse

Location: Dick White Referrals

Job Type: Full-Time, Permanent

Hours: 40 hours per week

Salary: £29,000 - £34,000 depending on experience, plus on call supplement.

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. Most of our vets are internationally recognised specialists in their field and bring unique experiences to care for pets.

We accept referrals in Anaesthesia, Cardiology/Cardiac Surgery, Dentistry, Dermatology, Emergency and Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Oncology, Ophthalmology, 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.

Job Summary:

Due to expansion we are recruiting for a second experienced theatre nurse to develop our theatre co-ordination team, joining our current Lead Theatre Nurse and Theatre Team Leader. The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience of specialist referral practices, including nursing and anaesthesia related to surgical conditions and feel confident aiding in planning and running the theatre scheduling.

Dick White Referrals has recently undergone a multi-million pound re-development including instillation of a new imaging suite, new patient wards, consult rooms, a new interventional theatre and refurbishment of our five existing theatres to create a new contained theatre suite. This role is predominantly clinical but some administrative tasks may be required.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right RVN to develop leadership skills whilst also being able to grow clinically and having a platform to share knowledge and provide input into the management of the theatre caseload, patient care and clinical standards.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with the theatre management team and senior anaesthetist to organise the schedule for the six theatres covering Soft Tissue, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Neurology and Cardiac Surgery. The allocation of personnel to the procedures is also required, including RVNs, SVNs, PCAs and Anaesthetists, taking into account individuals experience and the needs of the individual case.

  • Problem solving and decisive decision making as and when required, adopting a solutions focused approach.

  • Undertake all general nursing duties required and work as part of the theatre team nursing rota (when not coordinating the list).

  • Ensure that high clinical standards are met and maintained and that areas for improvement are identified.

  • Deputise for the Theatre Team Leader in their absence

  • Help to support and train less experienced members of the team including RVNs, those on induction, PCAs and rotating SVNs.

  • Helping with stock control and ordering of theatre items and liaise with our Facilities Lead on maintenance and repair of theatre equipment. This will involve placing orders, investigating and researching new equipment.

  • Manage surgical kit inventories and documents as needed.

  • Help to organise in house CPD training and teaching for the theatre team to improve job satisfaction and maintaining training records.

  • Implementation and updating of theatre SOP’s, work procedures and working the heads of theatre and anaesthesia to ensure efficient theatre work flow.

  • Actively promote and champion DWR’s core values; displaying the behaviours you expect from others.

  • Working with the theatre management team to support during times of recruitment, completion of performance reviews, absence management and probation reviews.

  • Continue to maintain and develop your own professional knowledge and skills in line with the mandatory RCVS registration CPD requirements (if applicable).

  • Maintain effective and professional colleague relationships within the theatre team and also working collaboratively with all teams across the hospital.

  • Lead by example ensuring a professional and positive attitude is always maintained.

  • Promote Health and Safety policies and practices, ensuring compliance is always maintained.

  • You may be asked to undertake Fire Marshall and/or Radiation Protection Supervisor roles alongside other duties as required.

The successful candidate will ideally be an experienced RVN passionate about maintaining high standards within the theatre environment and driving theatre efficiency. Excellent work ethic, organisation and communication skills are a must. This is a full-time position, working a 40-hour week – daily hours will vary depending on business needs; however, we expect the 40 hours to fall between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday with some potential for flexibility for the right candidate. On-call requirements will include weeknights, weekends and bank holidays on a rota basis.


  • 5 weeks holiday + bank holidays + Birthday Leave

  • 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

  • E-car salary sacrifice scheme

  • Wellness programme including:

  • Employee assistance programme

  • Eyecare voucher scheme

  • Free annual Flu jab

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • 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 Becca Thompson at if you have any questions about the role or to apply, please complete the application form below.