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Linnaeus Focused Anaesthesia Registered Veterinary Nurse in Six Mile Bottom, United Kingdom

Job Title: Focused Anaesthesia Registered Veterinary Nurse

Salary: £28,000-£31,000 D.O.E + £3000 pa on call bonus payment

Location: Dick White Referrals

Job Type: Permanent

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

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.

Your roles and responsibilities

We have an exciting opportunity for a Focused Anaesthesia Nurse to join our Anaesthesia team, working under the direction of a Veterinary Anaesthesia Specialist or Resident.

The Anaesthesia Nurse will examine animals undergoing sedation and anaesthesia, and report to a veterinary Surgeon in the team to plan the protocol. The Nurse will also administer sedations, anaesthetics and will monitor Anaesthesia under the supervision of a veterinary Surgeon. The role requires rotation in and out of theatre (MRI, CT, X-rays, US), providing the opportunity to build on your experience and skills with a variety of different cases and techniques and a supportive environment. The role will also involve helping to set up anaesthetic equipment and looking after the stock levels of anaesthetic consumables in MRI, CT and X-ray.

This position is full-time, working a 40-hour week (Monday – Friday) with the potential to work 5 x 8 hour shifts or 4 x 10 hours between 8am-6pm. Our anaesthesia nurses are also required to participate in the on-call rota alongside our senior anaesthetists for weekends and bank holidays, weekends are currently on average a 1:6 pattern, occasional weeknights are also required.

  • Working within the anaesthesia team under the direction of a veterinary anaesthesia specialist or resident

  • Assisting with out of hours provision by participating in the on-call rota.

  • Set up and taking down anaesthetic equipment and monitoring of stock levels and consumables in MRI, CT and X-ray.

  • To provide anaesthesia to patients across different discipline by rotating as allocated between theatre and out of theatre departments.

  • Work and communicate effectively with associates across all roles.

  • Carry out pre-anaesthesia patient assessments prior to general anaesthesia or sedation and report findings to Veterinary Surgeon so that a treatment plan can be made.

  • Accurate completion of patient records and clear communication of patient treatment plans when liaising with the ward nurses for patient recoveries.

  • To calculate and administer sedations, anaesthetics and medications to patients as instructed and monitor anaesthesia under the supervision of a veterinary surgeon.

  • Display correct professional behaviours and advocate patient welfare.

  • Maintain RVCS registration and comply to CPD requirements

  • When confident within the role, to provide support and guidance to other RVNs and SVNs in relation to anaesthesia.

  • Undertake other duties as required within the remit of an RVN and assisting in other departments outside of anaesthesia as needed.

  • Follow Standard Operating Procedures at all times to include but not limited to; clinical tasks, infection control and health and safety policies.

Successful Candidate:

To be successful in this role you need to be highly organised, with great attention to detail, able to use initiative and the ability to cope with a fast-paced working environment. You should be a highly motivated team player with excellent communication skills and have the passion and drive for delivering outstanding client and patient care.

Although prior experience of anaesthesia at referral level would be desirable, we will also consider applicants with experience from general practice with a keen desire to lean and a passion for anaesthesia.

As you would expect from the UK’s largest private veterinary referral centre, we offer an inspiring and friendly working environment together with career development opportunities and an attractive benefits package.


  • 5 weeks holiday + bank holidays + Birthday Leave

  • RCVS & 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 Programme which is available for everyone.

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