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Physiotherapist (Weekends)

As part of our structured growth plan we have a vacancy for a qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist to join the friendly and supportive team Kennel and Paddock rehabilitation team, based at Hamilton Specialist Referrals.

As a physiotherapist working with support from our team of physiotherapists you will assist with the delivery of an effective physiotherapy service within the Hospital. You will deliver physiotherapy and support hydrotherapy to a range of small animal patients and assist in the outpatient service to pet owners and referring veterinary surgeons.

You will assist the senior physiotherapist to develop physiotherapy protocols and support clinical investigations to establish the efficacy of treatments. You will also assist with development to provide clinical teaching and training in animal physiotherapy to veterinary nursing students.

The successful applicant will be supported to develop experience in all aspects of small animal physiotherapy.

Main duties will include:

  • Providing physiotherapy to patients within the hospital and on an out-patient basis, with supervision where required.
  • In consultation with the senior Physiotherapist, liaising with clinicians, veterinary nurses and owners to ensure a coherent patient care plan.
  • Disseminating information on the patients care to team members.
  • Working within a supportive team to develop physiotherapy as one of several approaches to the holistic care of animals recovering from illness and injury.
  • Communicate and provide advice to owners of patients, including emotional support.
  • Maintaining patient records, ensuring that all documents are completed.
  • Ensuring that patient invoices are updated, and clinicians and clients are notified when agreed quotation limits are being reached.
  • Ensuring Health & Safety regulations are always adhered to within the area of activity.
  • Assisting in developing protocols, standard operating procedures and information booklets for the clinic and for clients, keeping abreast of new developments.
  • Ensuring equipment within the area of specialism is maintained and for sourcing new equipment when required.

Qualifications/Experience

Skills

Essential

  • BSc or equivalent in Veterinary Physiotherapy (or within 6 months of accepting the post).
  • Membership of the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP), National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) or
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT).
  • Comprehensive breadth and depth of physiotherapy knowledge to teach veterinary nursing students.
  • A varied range of physiotherapy experience gained through previous roles or from student placements.
  • Post-qualification experience of performing physiotherapy in small animals.

Desirable

  • Teaching and assessment experience.
  • Appreciation of an academic and clinical environment.

Essential

  • Ability to operate a range of physiotherapy equipment.
  • Ability to perform a range of physiotherapy procedures.
  • Ability to adapt physiotherapy techniques/skills to incorporate latest developments.
  • Expertise across the field, corresponding to training and qualifications and an ability to provide advice to clinicians and veterinary nurses.
  • Highly motivated and able to demonstrate good technical knowledge of the profession.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a multidisciplinary team structure.
  • High degree of initiative and forward planning, with the ability to plan for contingencies.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and time management skills.

Desirable

  • Good understanding and experience of databases and other IT applications/packages.
  • Experience or training in canine hydrotherapy.
  • High standard of teaching skills.

For the right person, we will provide:

  • A strong focus on employee wellbeing and mental health, including regular sessions with industry-specific resilience, stress management and performance coaches
  • A nurturing, friendly and supportive working environment
  • A wide range of employee benefits
  • Unlimited career development opportunities, due to our dynamic team structure which is focused on areas of expertise
  • Regular team socials
  • CPD Allowance and continual in-service house training
  • Training and education in Gait Analysis
  • Pension
  • A welcoming, friendly and educational working environment

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter to careers@hamiltonspecialists.vet

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Physiotherapist (Weekends)
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