Vet Nurse Training

Highgate Vets is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) accredited training practice which means that we have been approved to provide high quality, standardised tuition for trainees who are studying towards their veterinary nursing qualification whilst working in practice. We only offer a single trainee post at a time, to give them maximum attention and experience and Lauren Rigg is our very able and enthusiastic student at present.

If you are considering a career in veterinary nursing, please visit the RCVS website which lists other suitable training practices.

lauren-vet-nurse-trainingLauren welcoming a kitten at reception.

Work Experience

At Highgate Vets we realise the value of real-life work experience within a veterinary practice for current and prospective students wishing to study veterinary medicine or veterinary nursing. Therefore we are pleased to be able to offer one week placements to suitable applicants. Students must be over the age of 14, so be in year 10 or above at secondary school.

As a busy practice with a trainee nurse in place, we are only able to offer one work experience placement at a time. These can be arranged through the school or university or independently by the student.

To arrange a work experience placement, please send an email to for the attention of Elizabeth Mason with the dates that you would prefer and a little bit of information about yourself.

Hannah (a Queen Katherine student) and Liz helping a puppy to suckle following a caesarean


Full time Veterinary Surgeon

Our small animal clinic has an exciting opportunity for an experienced vet to join our friendly team. We are a seven vet (5.5 FTE), 2 branch practice with a great team of RVNs, student nurses and experienced receptionists. As the two branches are only a mile apart, we are able to offer excellent continuity of care, and daily morning meetings ensure a team approach. The on call is quiet with 1.5 in 6 weekends, and 1 in 5 week nights, backed up with RVN support.

We offer great scope to develop your career with funding available for Certificates with a busy, varied caseload. Confidence in routine surgery and occasional sole charge responsibilities is required. RCVS, BVA and VDS Memberships paid.

A maximum of a four day week allows quality time to enjoy the beautiful Lake District on your doorstep, yet fantastic transport links mean that nowhere is too far away.

Interested? Email your CV and a covering letter to our Clinical Director, Liz Dodd – or give us a call on 01539 721344.

Other opportunities

Occasionally we offer vacancies, work placements and training here at Highgate Vets. Please email us with your goals and CV if you would be interested in working with us.

Please contact Elizabeth Mason (Practice Manager) on