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Veterinary Groom (1022)

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  • Salary:
    £13,205 per annum
  • Poscity
  • Poscountry
    United Kingdom
  • Area:
    Equine Operations
  • Vacancy Type:
  • Full or Part Time?:
    Part Time

The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare organisation, offering care and protection to donkeys and mules worldwide. We are working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. We are achieving this by transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.

We have an excellent opportunity a flexible and self-motivated individual to join our Veterinary Department at our fully equipped veterinary hospital at Brookfield Farm, near Honiton. The veterinary team are responsible for the clinical care of the all our donkeys and mules that are resident on our seven farms within a 30-mile radius of Honiton. As Veterinary Groom, you will provide a high standard of care to hospitalised animals and maintain stables, paddocks and outside areas, all in accordance with the Care and Welfare Code of Practice.

Within this varied and rewarding role, your main duties and  responsibilities will include –

  • The care of hospitalised animals, including daily mucking out, feeding, grooming and foot care, ensuring an adequate supply of feed and bedding is available.
  • Maintaining the hospital stables and outside areas, sweeping, cleaning and pressure washing.
  • Pasture management.
  • Assisting vets, nurses, farrier and dentist, as required.
  • Supporting the Senior Vet Nurse in maintaining a safe working environment following Health and Safety regulations and maintaining site security.
  • Assisting with loading and unloading animals being admitted and discharged from the hospital.
  • Maintaining and undertaking monthly vehicle checks on the tipping truck.

Good stable management skills, together with animal husbandry and equine knowledge and experience is essential as are a commitment to undertaking work related training as required (including The Donkey Sanctuary Diploma and Higher Diploma) and a full valid driving licence.

Desirable. Experience of emotional situations such as euthanasia, geriatric and sick animals is desirable.

If you feel you have the qualifications, skills and experience to fulfil this varied and rewarding role, and would like to be part of the evolving programme of change taking place within the charity, we would love to hear from you. This is a part-time, permanent contract starting as soon as possible, working 22.5 hours per week every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The post holder will be required to provide out of hours nursing cover as part of the team rota.

Closing date for completed applications: Monday 27 June 2022.

The Donkey Sanctuary is a Disability Confident Employer.

The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults), and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, including an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where required for the post.

Please note: The Guaranteed interview scheme is only applicable to candidates who consider themselves to have a disability applying for roles based within the United Kingdom.

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Brookfield Farm
Brookfield Farm, Farway Common Road, Honiton, Devon, United Kingdom, EX14 9SU
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