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Location:  Surrey, United Kingdom

Institution:  AURA Veterinary Hospital

AURA Veterinary hospital in Surrey, UK is looking for an ECVAA/ACVAA Diplomate or board eligible Diplomate to join and complement the existing team. Our anaesthesia team presently consists of one ECVAA Diplomate and one ECVAA board eligible Diplomate working alongside a dedicated anaesthesia intern and a team of experienced and motivated referral nurses. AURA specialises in soft tissue surgery, oncology, internal medicine and interventional radiology. The anaesthesia team works alongside specialist in these disciplines to ensure excellent patient care and outcome. The hospital provides an interesting and varied caseload involving secondary and tertiary referral cases. The successful candidate will have a high exposure to complex soft tissue oncological cases such as adrenalectomies, liver lobectomies, vascular surgery and pneumonectomies as well as innovative interventional radiology cases including embolisation, stenting and other ablation therapies. Plans exist to introduce radiation oncology soon. AURA is a purpose-built referral hospital located on the Surrey Research Park, with excellent road and rail access into London, close proximity to multiple airports and less than an hour away from the south coast. The hospital contains four large state-of-the-art theatres exposed to natural light, a large prep area, digital radiography, fluoroscopy, an advanced ultrasound machine for locoregional anaesthesia, a 160 slice CT scanner and a Cell Saver unit facilitating intra-operative blood transfusions. The location of the hospital and its proximity to the University of Surrey Veterinary School and Royal Surrey Hospital increases the research opportunities available for all staff. This is a full-time (4 days/week) role but part-time arrangements will be considered. There is no formal on-call requirement but occasional telephone advice may be sought.

Informal enquiries to Daisy Norgate DECVAA ( or Nick Bacon DECVS/DACVS (

Responsibilities and Tasks

Anaesthesia service:

  • Develop the anaesthesia service including;
  • Assist with the anaesthesia training of residents, interns and veterinary nurses
  • Help with the introduction of radiation oncology
  • Help with the design and implementation of a bespoke recovery area
  • Assist with the management of post-operative critical care patients including analgesia strategies
  • Communicate with floor coordinators on resources and timings of cases going into theatre, imaging and recovery

Additional duties:

  • Assist in the reporting of clinical errors in order to promote a culture of transparency and assist with hospital improvements
  • Assist and champion monthly Morbidity and Mortality rounds
  • Participate in CPD programmes
  • Assist with the induction/orientation of all staff to the hospital
  • Support marketing initiatives and promote our services both within and outside the practice
  • Welcome and provide support for visiting veterinary surgeons, students and work experience personnel


Person specification

Qualifications and Experience* Board eligible (ECVAA or ACVAA)
* MRCVS or hold a degree registrable with the RCVS
* Board certified (ECVAA or ACVAA)
Knowledge* Awareness of the operational aspects of a busy clinical environment
* Experience in the management of complex soft tissue anesthetic cases
* Experience in the management of critical care patients
* Interest or ambition to support new services e.g. palliative care clinic, acupuncture clinic, pain clinic
Personal SkillsGood interpersonal and communication skills
* Good organizational and time management skills
* Ability to work under pressure
* Ability to support, facilitate and contribute to a team
Personal Characteristics* Compassionate and caring
* Enthusiastic and highly motivated
* Flexible
* Proactive in learning and personal development
* Keen to teach and mentor
* Receptive to change
* Keen to develop a clinical research programme
* Open to collaborative working with nearby human hospital
* Open to collaborations with nearby University of Surrey Veterinary School
* Open to collaborations with University of Surrey
Other* Excellent written and spoken English
* Right to work in the United Kingdom