A job advert doesn’t provide the space to fully describe our practice and a website doesn’t carry the information that a potential member of the vet team wants to know. These few pages hopefully bridge that gap and tell you more about the ethos and the equipment available at Hartvets.
Teamwork at Hartvets
At Hartvets we strongly believe in supporting one another with cases through twice daily rounds but also through doing different procedures with one another to help develop new skills. Our most junior staff have a designated second on call but all team members are able to call upon the directors and senior vets for advice on cases (we have a PACS system so that we can look at our radiographs and scans remotely, anywhere in the world) and physical help when needed.
The team at Hartvets
It says something about a practice how long people have been there. Ian and Clare Hart founded the practice a little over 24 years ago. Cathy Prior who now works on reception and accounts via nursing and practice manager has been with us the whole time, Karen Booth for over 23 years, Linda Wells for 22 years. Of the vets, director Tim Chapman 16 years, Gemma Prophet more than 10 years, Gina Girvan and Steffi Warrillow 7 years, Rosie Upton 4 years, Lizzie Stevens 3 years with Steffi and Lizzie having been here since graduation.
We have a variable appointment time with a standard 15 minutes slot that might be 10 minutes for a routine post-
The most important part of any practice is the people within it but to do a good job you need to have the tools at your disposal. We purchase equipment from the NHS and overseas to be able to have a level of kit not usually seen outside of referral hospitals. It seems a little odd to produce a list, but knowing what is already available (we are always open to buying items that will be used) determines if you could do what you already do or perhaps much more.
At our Bicester Hospital we have two Philips scanners. An IU-
Both surgeries have GE AMX-
We have a Pentax video endoscopy set up with light source/pump units at both sites. There is a colonoscope, gastroscope, paediatric gastroscope (5.4mm), bronchoscope and cystoscope which are based in Bicester but can be taken to Waddesdon for procedures as needed. We also have some ancient rigid endoscopy that in combination with a flexible scope and rigid instrumentation is invaluable for oesophageal foreign bodies.
Both sites have good quality Philips ECG units as well as the anaesthesia monitors being available for longer term assessment of rhythm.
Anaesthesia and intensive care monitoring
Both sites have Anaesthesia monitoring at each station; they are Datex S5 units with anaesthetic gas analysis (CO2, O2, anaesthetic agent, N2O), pulse oximetry, NIBP, Temperature, ECG. There are other features beyond these if someone wanted to use them.
All the usual instrumentation with three 3M mini drivers (a spare is a wonderful thing) a MicroAire micro-
Both sites have Ligasure vessel sealers for laparoscopic and open surgery. We use the titanium handpieces with inserts for open surgery which are reprocessed using ethylene oxide sterilisation. If you have used vessel sealers before you wouldn’t want to not have them; if you haven’t used them before then they are superb for anything from an ovariectomy to a splenectomy to a liver lobe removal. We also have Eschmann monopolar and bipolar diathermy. Instrumentation is good quality with Debakey forceps as standard for example.
We are proud of our low post-
We are developing our use of minimally invasive surgery using a Stryker system complimented by ligasure vessel sealing. We have all the set-
We have a basic but high quality Leica operating microscope useful for ophthalmology but also other detailed work with magnification from 80-
We have a wet chemistry in house system (Eclipse) as well as haematology and electrolytes. We have an excellent relationship with TDDS and Bridge pathology for additional tests, cytology and histopathology with a carrier collection at 8:30 each evening
In the consultation rooms
Each room has a Keeler or Heine ophthalmoscope and Auroscope, a Leica refractometer and a standard and infant Littman stethoscope.
To discuss the position further please call Ian Hart on 07885 266589 (m) or 01869 323223 (w) or email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org