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Veterinary Surgeon Lead – Welfare (1682)

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  • Salary:
    £53,979 per annum
  • Poscity
  • Poscountry
    United Kingdom
  • Area:
    Equine Operations
  • Vacancy Type:
  • Full or Part Time?:
    Full Time

The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare organisation, offering care and protection to donkeys worldwide. Our vision is a world where every donkey has a good quality of life, and our mission is to improve the lives of donkeys every day. We will achieve this by transforming the lives of donkeys in need worldwide by fostering greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships. 

We have an exciting opportunity within our Veterinary team for a Veterinary Surgeon Lead - Welfare, based at our fully equipped veterinary hospital near Honiton, Devon. Possessing a welfare driven attitude to veterinary medicine and experience of managing donkey welfare issues, you will support the delivery and maintenance of high standards of welfare for all donkeys in the UK, Ireland and Europe, provide veterinary care for Donkey Sanctuary donkeys, and provide advice and education on donkey health and welfare to key stakeholders. As the main point of referral both internally and externally for welfare issues affecting donkeys in the UK, Ireland and Europe, you will take the lead on welfare issues affecting donkeys in our care and privately owned animals and provide expert opinion and advice on welfare issues managed by other members of the veterinary team.

About you:

  • Veterinary degree with MRCVS.
  • Significant experience/post grad qualification in equine medicine.
  • Experience of working at a senior level in equine practice.
  • Experience of managing donkey welfare issues.
  • Ability to work to a high standard and act as a role model.
  • Ability to deliver evidence based improvements to donkey welfare.
  • Show a welfare driven attitude to veterinary medicine.
  • Full current valid driving licence.
  • Fluent in English.


About the role:

Your principal duties and responsibilities will include –

  • Undertaking routine and emergency clinical care of all animals resident at The Donkey Sanctuary within the Guidelines to Professional conduct as issued by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, ensuring that the recommended CPD of 105 hours over three years, with an average of 35 hours per year is achieved
  • Leading on welfare issues affecting donkeys in our care and privately owned animals
  • Providing expert opinion and advice on welfare issues managed by other members of the veterinary team
  • Auditing relinquishments, supported moves and rehoming, enabling evidence based improvements to be made
  • Providing management and leadership for the new arrivals team;
  • Providing in-house training to interns and members of the veterinary and welfare teams;
  • Participation in the provision of an emergency on-call service.


What we offer in return:

If you feel you have the qualifications, skills and experience to fulfil this varied and rewarding role, we would love to hear from you. This is a full-time, permanent contract starting as soon as possible, working 37.5 hours per week, core hours are 08.00 – 16.30 Monday – Friday, plus evening and weekend work as part of an on-call duty rota.


Competitive pension.

Life assurance.

31 days holiday (including Bank holidays), rising to 34 will each full year of service.

Wellbeing team.

Recorded Pilates and Yoga classes.

Long service awards.

Healthshield plan –

  • Reimbursement of some medical expenses up to the specified limits per membership.
  • Offers, discounts and cashback on shopping, travel and entertainment from participating outlets.
  • Access to a 24/7 GP and counselling service.

Free parking.

Subsidised restaurant and shop.

Closing date for completed applications: Wednesday 13th June 2024.

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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