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Do you have a passion for surgery? Do you thrive when working with anaesthesia?

Are you looking for a role where these are most of your focus?

Do you enjoy working with a diverse range of caseloads?

If so, we may have the perfect role for you!

We are looking for a nurse looking with a desire to focus their knowledge on all aspects of surgical and anaesthesia nursing, protocols and procedures.

This is the perfect position for a Nurse looking to progress in all aspects of theatre-based nursing. Including preparation of theatre suites and equipment, preparing patients for surgery, imaging patients, working in both a theatre circulating nurse and anaesthesia nurse role.

The surgical team you would be working with consists of dedicated surgical nurses, rotating nurses, student veterinary nurses and patient care assistants who provide gold standard care to the surgical patients and work alongside all other departments within the hospital.

You will see a large and varied first opinion, referral, and emergency caseloads, working within a friendly, team focused environment. Our client is both a VN training site and also GDP training site, this means they have experienced and supportive mentors on site should you need help.

You will be exposed to a range of anaesthesia and analgesia techniques, such as CRIs, nerve blocks and epidurals. You will have access to state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and be trained in monitoring techniques including, blood pressure monitoring, capnography, ECG, and arterial blood gas analysis.

This is a rare, challenging and specialist role, for more information- please do get in touch!

Duties and hours

40 hours per week including 1:5 weekends and an equal share of the bank holiday rota.

  • Working alongside lead surgical nurse, clinicians, nurses, and PCAs to provide the highest quality of care for all surgical patients.
  • Set up for operations for that day.
  • Monitor and maintain anaesthesia.
  • Prep patients for surgery.
  • Maintenance of surgical kits – up to date kit lists, kit storage maintained, training for new team members.
  • Ensure precise, efficient, and accurate patient handovers are carried out.
  • Accurate record keeping, especially regarding kennel sheets, anaesthetic sheets, and hospitalisation records.
  • Keep operations board up to date.
  • Set up for next day’s procedures including board and trays.
  • Completing maintenance checks on all surgical equipment and follow up on faulty/broken equipment.
  • Maintenance of hygiene in preps and surgical theatres – completing all daily/monthly infection control checklists.
  • Ensure all safety checklists are complete prior to anaesthesia – anaesthesia machine and patients.
  • Complete relevant CPD with support from the large bank of resources at Linnaeus and share learnings across the team.
  • Aid with the completion of clinical audits.
  • Liaising with the Lead Surgical Nurse regarding the progress of your patients throughout the day so that owners are kept appropriately updated.
  • Effectively communicate with clients to ensure smooth and efficient patient journey.
  • Attend regular nursing team meetings to review processes and protocols with a view to progressing and improving where possible.
  • Attend team briefings and daily huddles to ensure effective and efficient communication.
  • Work closely with the surgical lead and CNM’s to plan for the daily case load/patient flow and highlight any issues or concerns that may arise.
  • Involvement in aiding in research and development within the veterinary sector in multiple disciplines, as well as supported self-clinical progression.
  • Work with the CNM’s and lead nurses to ensure all new nurses entering the business are supported to complete their induction.
  • Participate in external CPD any training in-house, ensuring post-training feedback forms are completed/cascade of relevant information to appropriate team members.

Who are we looking for?

The ideal candidate will love working within an extremely varied and fast paced environment with a team of like-minded people. We are looking for someone who will not only go above and beyond for patients, but for their colleagues too.

  • RCVS registered.
  • You will be proactive, enthusiastic, approachable, a great team player, able to use your own initiative and be self-motivated.
  • You will have a real passion for surgery and looking to develop this skillset further.
  • Experience working in a hospital is beneficial but not essential.
  • High clinical standards & gold standard patient care.
  • All experience levels welcome.
  • Someone who is looking to develop their career.
  • You shall have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to multi-task with a flexible approach to working are essential.

Key benefits:

  • Minimum salary of £27,00 per annum and this is increased depending on experience.
  • 5 weeks holiday + bank holidays + Birthday Leave.
  • RCVS & VDS fees paid.
  • CPD funded and encouraged- including certificates.
  • Career progression opportunities.
  • Staff discount schemes.
  • Enhanced sickness pay.
  • Enhanced equal family leave.
  • Employer contribution pension scheme.
  • Eyecare voucher scheme.
  • Free annual Flu jab.
  • Cycle to work scheme.

For more information, please contact Laura: or ring/whatsapp/text: 07931 832 106. Alternatively, please see our other vacancies at

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