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HDU Emergency Vet Surgeon

Join our team as an Out of Hours Veterinary Surgeon within our High Dependency Unit

Situated just outside of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, Hamilton Specialist Referrals is a purpose built state-of-the-art veterinary hospital which provides the latest in cutting edge, specialist treatments for cats and dogs, supported by an exceptional rehabilitation and physiotherapy facility. We understand the value of your expertise and commitment, which is why we offer industry-leading salaries, in line with your level of experience.

As a Veterinary Surgeon at Hamilton Specialist Referrals, you will be integral to our mission, dedicated to delivering top-tier care to our patients. You will provide the professional services expected of a Veterinary Surgeon in dealing with OOH and emergency cases received within normal hours, Referring Vets and other OOH providers. You will be a proactive and reliable member of the team, supporting the Senior Management team, including the Lead HDU Vet and HDU Clinical Nurse Team Leader. You will have experience of working in an Emergency, OOH or Referral environment and are comfortable with being potentially the first port of call for emergency medical, neurological, and surgical procedures.

Be part of an exceptional team

Hamilton Specialist Referrals was born of the belief that there is room for a new wave of veterinary excellence across the UK. There is a strong focus on providing a personal and reassuring client experience from first contact through to discharge. Excellent clinical care delivered in a friendly and supportive manner to referring vets, is paramount to the team. The hospital is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can offer the most advanced treatment options available for orthopaedic, neurology, soft tissue, oncology, internal medicine and cardiology cases. Our team is made up of 10x Specialists (Surgery, Medicine, Oncology, Neurology, Imaging), 2x Radiographers, 30x Nurses and ample support staff.

Facilities include on-site 1.5T MRI and CT scanner suites, a variety of joint replacement systems, electro diagnostics, and a full complement of the latest radiography and arthroscopy equipment. In addition, the hospital has a dedicated physiotherapy and rehabilitation department, which includes aqua treadmills and computerised gait analysis technology.

What you need to join our team
We invite applications from Registered Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS) with varying levels of experience and diverse backgrounds, Cert AVP ECC is an advantage. Experience within an out of hours environment is desirable but our selection process is centred on attitude and aptitude, and we offer comprehensive training and support for all new team members. Above all, we seek surgeons who share our vision and values.

A work pattern that proves out of hours doesn’t mean all hours

This is a full-time position with 4 days on and 4 days off. There will be 12-hour 25-minute night shifts which will include some weekend nights and bank holidays. We will also consider flexibility requests and accommodate wherever possible in the interest of supporting a healthy work-life balance for our team.

Why choose us?

We recognise that our people are fundamental to the success of our business. Investing in our people, premises and processes is at the heart of what we do.

Along with a competitive salary, you will benefit from:

  • 6.6 Weeks Annual Leave
  • Increasing holiday allowance based on  length of service
  • Your birthday as a paid day off
  • Relocation allowance of £5000


  • ​​​​​​Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/ shared parental and surrogacy pay
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Initiatives focused on employee wellbeing, including discounted gym membership
  • Non-accidental injury support 
  • Private medical insurance


  • £1500 CPD allowance
  • Learning and development opportunities via the IVC Evidensia Academy
  • Access to Vetlexicon - our online encyclopedia provider 
  • All our vets & nurses can apply for research funding
  • Infection prevention and control programme
  • Quality improvement programme

Professional Memberships 

  • VDS Cover
  • RCVS fees


  • Pawsome Benefits - reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with 100's of retailers 
  • Pension - 5% Employee/ 3% Employer 
  • Discounted staff pet care

As a BAME and LGBTQ+ inclusive employer, we are keen to hear from candidates from all minority and diverse groups. As a Disability Confident Employer, we are keen to hear from candidates with disabilities and long-term health conditions and would be happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments needed during the recruitment process.

If this position is of interest to you then please email your CV or queries to careers@hamiltonspecialists.vet  

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HDU Emergency Vet Surgeon
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