Green Vets has a vacancy for a Head Clinical Nurse (HRVN)

Green Vets was founded in 2019 as an independent practice where clinical excellence and genuine care for patients could be delivered using environmentally sustainable principles. Nearly three years on, our fast-growing number of clients is proof that these values are also shared by pet owners.

We pride ourselves in our traditional, no-targets, personal client care, whilst using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to deliver the first opinion-plus veterinary service we are now renowned for. This includes our outstanding critical care and emergency service that provides us with interesting and rewarding cases.  This means we really do see cases through from start to finish. We have found this to be professionally and personally hugely rewarding, as well as giving us the caseload to help maintain and develop our emergency care and surgical skills.

We are looking for a talented HRVN to lead our amazing nursing team.

Your role and responsibilities

The Head Clinical Nurse will be responsible for managing the nursing team, ensuring practice protocols are followed, and quality nursing care for our surgical, ambulatory, and in-patients is delivered.

The role would be ideally suited to a head nurse who wants to lead a new or smaller team in an independent practice, or a deputy-head nurse who wants to take on more responsibilities.

The ideal candidate

Should have previous experience in leading a team.  Technical, organisational, and communicative skills necessary to lead a nursing team are essential.

Is RCVS registered and ideally has gained further nursing qualifications, enabling them to teach and help develop those skills in their team members.

Should enjoy developing processes and organisational structures that lead to better patient care and more effective running of the practice.

The ideal candidate would be committed and hard-working. They have the tact and empathy necessary to inspire members of the team to improve and to help them grow in their roles. They will help nurture a genuinely caring setting for our patients, our staff, and the wider environment

Key responsibilities

Leading and directing  the nursing team of RVNs, SVNs and ACAs in  delivering an outstanding quality of care of surgical, ambulatory, and in-patients

Ensuring practice policies set by management are implemented through actively monitoring and documenting individual staff performances and providing supportive guidance towards improvement where necessary

Identify where nursing care can be improved and provide training

Making sure nursing staff apply themselves to their tasks

Organising and chairing regular meetings of the nursing team

Appraising nursing staff, giving improvement instructions where necessary

Assisting management with clinical audits

Liaising with the Directors, to discuss the performance of the nursing team and help develop practice protocols.

Maintaining and demonstrating knowledge of the RCVS Day One Skills and Competencies, and Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses.


Monday to Friday between 7.30 am and 7 pm and  1 in 3 Saturdays between 8.30 am-1.30 pm, averaging at 40 hours per week.

OOH (Additional pay) 1:4


Starting Salary of £30,000+ depending on experience and qualifications.

6 weeks holiday per year

CPD funded

RCVS Fee Paid

Pension scheme – automatic enrolment

Generous staff discount scheme for own pets

This vacancy will not be advertised through any of the recruitment agencies. Only applications made directly to Green Vets will be considered

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