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


Occasionally we offer vacancies, work placements and training here at Highgate Vets. Please write to us with your goals and CV when vacancies occur.

Full time small animal Veterinary Surgeon

Our friendly, welcoming team seek a colleague to join our long established small animal practice on a full time, permanent basis. We are a 6 vet, 2 branch practice, offering a 1 in 6 OOH rota. A four day week allows time to enjoy the beautiful Lake District on our doorstep. We are happy to accept applications from veterinary surgeons who will qualify this Summer, or have more experience.

We are a Tier 2 RCVS accredited VN training practice with silver cat friendly status. All of our nurses are RVNs, with a highly competent student about to start her Level 3 diploma in September.

CPD is funded and actively encouraged.

Applications open until 14th July.

Interested? Email your CV to our clinical director, Liz Dodd –

Animal Nursing Assistant

We are delighted to announce a vacancy for a full time animal nursing assistant working at both of our Kendal branches. The applicant will support the team to provide excellent inpatient and client care. There will be a variety of duties to include cleaning of surgical instruments and equipment, laundry, topping up of essential supplies, patient care (as directed by the Vets and RVNs) and lunchtime reception cover at the Beezon Road surgery. A detailed job description is here. Full training will be provided.

A full, clean driving licence and own car would be preferred as the role involves travelling between our branches each day. The daily hours are anticipated to be 9am to 6pm, five days per week.

There is potential that the successful candidate may be able to become a student veterinary nurse with us, at the earliest from September 2018. However, there is no obligation from either party for this.

Applications open until 30th June.

Interested? Email your CV to our clinical director, Liz Dodd –