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Linnaeus Surgical Registered Veterinary Nurse in Shirley, United Kingdom

Job Title: Surgical Registered Veterinary Nurse

Location: Willows Referrals

Job Type: Permanent

Hours: 38 hours/week

Salary: From £28,000, depending on experience

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) to join our Surgical Suite nursing team.

As Surgical RVN, you will work alongside our 6 full-time RVNs, 6 part-time RVNs, 6 dedicated surgical suite Patient Care Assistants, as well as our Specialist Surgeons and Anaesthetists.

The position will involve supporting surgical patients from across multiple disciplines, including cardiology, soft tissue, orthopaedic, neurology, ophthalmology, as well as our primary care service.

Responsibilities include;

  • Providing high quality peri-operative care to surgical patients

  • Monitoring of anaesthesia, including emergency and critically ill patients

  • Preparing patients for surgery and scrubbing into procedures, if required

  • Undertaking of both general and theatre nursing, including the maintenance and preparation of sterile supplies and instruments

  • Accurate record keeping

  • Infection control.

As Surgical RVN, you must be an excellent communicator and have a genuine desire to improve clinical standards.

You must also have capability in all nursing duties including; anaesthesia monitoring, intravenous catheter placement, drug dosage calculation, handling and administration, blood sampling and patient recovery.

Previous referral experience is desirable, but not essential as comprehensive training and support will be provided.


This is a full-time position working an average of 38hr/week, including a share of weekends (1:6)

Shift times are between 7am and 9pm, on a rota.


  • 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

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 Program which is available for everyone.

About us

Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service is one of the world's leading small animal referral centres, having been delivering the highest possible standard of pet healthcare for over 30 years.

Our vision is to provide an unrivalled clinical, patient, client and team experience recognised for excellence worldwide. Our values centre around the care of our patients, our clients, our referring vets, each other, and the environment to make A BETTER WORLD OF PETS.

Willows is widely known for the delivery of CPD, and we strongly encourage all our associates to continually develop their skills and knowledge. We employ over 250 Associates working as part of an outstanding multi-disciplinary team led by internationally-renowned Specialists. Our service teams include orthopaedics, neurology, ophthalmology, internal medicine, clinical nutrition, oncology, soft tissue surgery, cardiology, dermatology, Emergency and Critical Care (ECC), anaesthesia and analgesia, diagnostic imaging and physiotherapy.

In-patient care is a priority and includes 24-hour veterinary and nursing cover, with support from a team of emergency vets and Interns. Our hospital facilities are of the highest quality, including on-site Siemens 64-slice CT, Siemens 1.5T MRI, two in-theatre mobile image intensifiers, two digital radiography rooms, ultrasonography, electro diagnostics, video endoscopy and an extensive range of advanced surgical equipment.

If you would like to apply for this role, please click the Apply Button or for more information, please feel free to reach out directly to our Referral Nursing Talent Acquisition Business Partner – Becca Thompson at