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The Hart Veterinary Centre, Browning Drive, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 2XL


© Hart Veterinary Limited. Registered in England and Wales. Company Number 5213242.

Member of the British Veterinary Hospitals Association RCVS Accredited Small Animal Hospital British Small Animal Veterinary Association Member of the Feline Advisory Bureau

Head Nurse Position

We have an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and dynamic head nurse to join our 8 vet / 14 nurse team. We are an expanding forward thinking practice that strives to provide the best patient and client care. We have a great team of vets, nurses and support staff who are passionate about dogs, cats and small family pets.


Our practice meets and exceeds the strict standards required for the RCVS Small Animal Hospital accreditation. All our patients on fluids are infused using Baxter infusion pumps. We keep detailed patient hospitalisation and anaesthetic records. We have the same nurse on wards for several days at a time to ensure familiarity with patients. We use capnography and pulse oximetry for anaesthetics, and we have heat mats and bear huggers to minimise peri-operative hypothermia. Needless to say we also have doppler BP, digital x-ray, ultrasound, digital endoscopy, laparoscopy, operating microscopy and comprehensive dental and orthopaedic kit.


Patient and client care is our top priority. We perform regular clinical audits to allow us to assess and improve our clinical skills. We encourage and fund CPD for all our team. Unlike 99% of UK veterinary practices, we provide 24 7 365 nursing care for our patients - we have a dedicated night nurse awake on wards all night providing care for our patients.  


Our head nurse works “at the coal face” leading by example. Responsibilities include oversight of patient care, nurse clinics, practice cleanliness, liasing with vets and practice manager, implementation of the rota, monitoring adherence to practice protocols and regular nurse meetings. Our nursing team work a rota system and have one day off each week. They work 1 in 7 weekends and 1 in 10 Saturdays. The starting salary for the head nurse position will be from £25,000 per annum, commensurate with experience.


Applicants are requested to send an application with a current CV to ian.hart@hartvet.co.uk or to speak to Ian Hart, Kate Mathis or Nicole Ilett on 01869 323223.