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.

Part Time Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Our friendly, welcoming team seek a colleague to join our long established small animal practice on a part time, permanent basis. We are a 6 vet, 2 branch practice, offering a quiet, equally shared OOH rota.  We require an experienced vet who will deliver excellent client and patient care and to be a part of the team.  As the two branches are only a mile apart, we are able to host morning meetings for excellent patient handovers and continuity of care.  We are fully staffed with a great team of RVNs and experienced receptionists.

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

We are a Tier 2 RCVS accredited practice with silver cat friendly status and we are a VN training centre.  CPD is actively encouraged with funding possible to certificate level.

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

Approaches from local vets would be treated with the upmost confidence.