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New Graduate Recruitment Programme

Opening the Doors to your Future

Pet Doctors Veterinary Clinics is part of CVS(UK) Limited.

CVS was established in 1999 and emcompasses many individual veterinary clinic brands as part of their portfolio.  CVS now employs over 2000 staff in over 200 veterinary practices across the UK.  This includes a number of veterinary hospitals and referral centres and the Pet Doctors Veterinary Group.


PD-mapPet Doctors now employs over forty veterinary surgeons, over seventy qualified veterinary nurses and forty other clinical support staff in its 27 well-equipped, air-conditioned clinics across Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey, Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Wight. We place importance on the bonding of clients to our community clinics: the whole of our veterinary team delivers compassionate care, quality of service and value for money, thus creating happy clients and happy vets. We pride ourselves on the level of care we show towards both our clients and our staff.

The New Graduate Programme

This programme starts in late Summer and CVS will be looking to recruit new graduates for this exciting opportunity. 

As part of our induction programme you will get the opportunity to visit some of CVS' larger sites including a laboratory and a referral centre.  Within the clinics where the new graduates are placed, there are well structured consulting and operating times backed with a team of nurses and receptionists who will give new graduates the opportunity to develop their skills clinically and commercially within successful, well-equipped clinics.

At a clinical level you will have access to an experienced vet to guide you through the consultation process; how to approach preventative healthcare; how to structure work-ups after initial clinical presentation and how to meet the needs of the client.  You will have the opportunity to develop your confidence with routine and common non-routine surgical procedures whilst being supported by colleagues.  You will have access to, and training in medical diagnostics.

A strong emphasis is placed on learning; in addition to receiving a CPD budget you will also be able to attend internal CPD events where you can meet up with other new graduates that are part of the CVS New Graduate Programme.  These courses are run across the UK and cover such topics as dermatology, common emergencies, neurology, ophthalmology, radiographic interpretation, dentistry, communication in the consulting room plus many others!  The new graduates will also receive regular contact from mentors within the CVS veterinary team.

CVS offers employment to veterinary surgeons at all stages of their career development, however for dedicated and enthusiastic new graduates wanting the best start in practice to build their skills base and confidence, then CVS offer a great New Graduate Programme.

The pay and benefits package is excellent, the working environment is stimulating and fun!

CVS expectations would be that after 12 months, the new graduate would demonstrate competence in the following areas:

Clinical Skills

We would expect the new Graduate Veterinary Surgeon could perform the following procedures in a sole charge capacity:

  • Bitch speys and dog castrates
  • Rabbit speys and castrates
  • Exploratory laporotomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Aural haematoma
  • Tail amputation
  • Leg amputation
  • Enucleation
  • Surgical dental extractions
  • Radiographic positioning and interpretation
  • Skin biopsies
  • Drain placement / wound management
  • Treatment of a blocked cat

Medical Procedures

  • Treatment and stabilisation of diabetic ketoacidotic
  • Treatment of fitting dog / cat
  • Treatment of acute bloat (not GDV)
  • Treatment and stabilisation of hyperthyroid cat
  • Nasoastric tube placement in a cat

Communication Skills

We would expect the new Graduate Veterinary Surgeon should be skilled in:

  • Effective client communication based on CVS protocols
  • Effective communication and recommendation of preventative healthcare, work-ups, promotions and nurse clinics
  • Communication and discussion of estimates with clients
  • Client continuity, re-examination and call-backs
  • Regular discussion with clinic partners of non-routine cases to aid learning and improve clinical decision making
  • Proactive communication with Clinical Director and Regional Director regarding volume data and revenue expectation
  • Informative clinical notes
  • Effective communication with colleagues (vets, nurses, receptionists and managers)

We would expect the new Graduate would have completed their PDP within 12-15 months of starting with a CVS practice.

At the end of the programme, they will be given the opportunity of staying on in their current veterinary clinic or moving within the group to the next stage of their career development.

To find out more about the CVS New Graduate Programme, please visit CVS UK website.