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Careers & Vacancies

All students must be over 16 years of age.  Students between the age of 16 and 18 years will be considered if they are seeking a career as a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse.  These students can only “see practice” on the premises of our Penwortham surgery. 

Students over the age of 18 years may be able to accompany the farm vets on their farm calls. Priority has to be given to any vet students requiring EMS hours.

Full-time Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon
– Preston, Lancashire

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated small animal vet to join our friendly team of 15 vets (8 small animals, 3 mixed and 4 large animals). The position would be ideal for a new or recent graduate looking for a supportive environment in which to gain experience and complete their PDP or also suitable for more experienced candidates wishing to develop to a certificate level.

The practice boasts excellent facilities including ultrasonography, digital x-ray, endoscopy, hydrotherapy, and K-laser in our new purpose built building.

We provide our own emergency cover with generous time off in lieu for full-time vets participating on the OOH rota. One set night on call each week, 1-6 weekends and 1-6 Saturday mornings consulting all with back up support from a director.

Variedmedical and surgical caseload with plenty of opportunity to work up cases with support. We currently have 3 certificate holders. Regular in-house clinical clubs (and pizza!) but also generous CPD allowance for external courses. Supportive, caring and highly skilled nursing team.

Please send your CV and a covering letter to Mrs Nicky Birch -Head Nurse/Practice Manager.

Email:  nicky@ribblevets.co.uk

Head Receptionist 

We recruiting for a full time Head Receptionist and anyone interested is invited to apply.

The successful candidate will work mainly from our Penwortham Practice, but also manage the branch surgery reception staff.


Experience in customer service and being able to demonstrate leadership of a team of people in a previous role are essential.


The candidate must be approachable, flexible and willing to lead by example. He/she must be able to work well autonomously but also in a team. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary to fulfil the role.


The successful candidate will work closely with the Head of Customer Services and the Practice Manager to ensure our clients are given excellent care.


The closing date for applications is 20th October 2017. Interviews will be scheduled after 18th October.

Please send applications by email.

Email: nicky@ribblevets.co.uk

Large Animal Veterinary Surgeon

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic vet to join a 7 vet team, consisting of 4 large animal assistants and 3 supportive clinical directors in Preston, Lancashire.

The position offers an extensive caseload consisting of cattle (with a dairy bias); sheep; an ever growing smallholder sector and approximately 5% equine work.

The farm team is based at the new purpose built premises in Penwortham which offers facilities to allow routine large animal procedures in the farm theatre, and lab work to be processed in house.

We offer a competitive salary and additional pay for out of hours work. A very pleasant 1 in 4 rota, supported by a clinical director as second on call. Typically a 4 ½ day working week as a generous 1/2 day lieu follows every weeknight OOH. A full lieu day also follows after working a weekend on call.

Ribble Vets is a progressive practice which utilises both Interherd+ and Vetimpress software, as well as offering clients other herd health services such as sheep flock health plans and youngstock packages. The practice is also currently undertaking training in artificial insemination and embryo transfer in both cattle and sheep.

The position comes with a vehicle, CPD allowance and we actively encourage further personal development such as certification.

Please send covering letter and CV to practice manager Nicky Birch or alternatively do not hesitate to contact for further details at nicky@ribblevets.co.uk

Email:  nicky@ribblevets.co.uk