We are always looking for veterinary professionals and support staff to join the Optivet team.

Please contact hr@optivet.com who will treat your inquiry in confidence.

If you love being a veterinary professional, you think you could own one of these positions and want to be a part of a Practice which is going somewhere, we would love to hear from you.

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Optivet Referrals / Island Referrals, Hampshire / Isle of Wight, UK.

Optivet Referrals and Island Referrals are independent referral centres staffed by a very friendly and inclusive team – more of a family than a corporate environment. We are aligned around a set of strong core values which help us to deliver leading specialist-led care to our patients and their owners – we truly treat patients as if they are our own pets.

We are one of the world’s leading veterinary ophthalmology centres and also have specialists in surgery, medicine and anaesthesia – we all support each other unreservedly.

If you are a dynamic, people-friendly specialist surgeon looking for an opportunity to shape your future then we would like to talk to you.

We are recruiting a boarded surgeon to work in tandem with our existing boarded surgeon. You will see cases at both Optivet Referrals and Island Referrals, two independent specialist centres either side of The Solent, and fly by hovercraft between them.

You will enjoy providing a broad specialist surgery service, covering orthopaedic, soft tissue, neurosurgical, trauma, and mixed-discipline cases. Experience in general practice prior to specialisation would be advantageous for this generalist role. In terms of support, you will work alongside proactive specialist internal medicine (and cardiology), anaesthesia, and ophthalmology services, high-quality out of hours clinical teams, and supportive management, actively encouraging any areas of clinical interest that you may wish to develop.

You will also enjoy clinical teaching and mentoring surgical residents, interns, veterinary nurses, and final-year veterinary students on intramural rotations. An early goal of your recruitment is to achieve registration as an ECVS Dual Site Standard VSRP. Your research interests will be supported, via collaborative clinical networks and via our links with The University of Surrey.

We are proud of our close-knit teams, and both sites have a strong patient and owner-focused culture that drives clinical and client service levels to the highest levels, caring for patients as if they were our own pets and treating everyone as we would wish to be treated ourselves.

We believe in ensuring a good work/life balance and sharing a top remuneration/reward package with you in a geographically stunning corner of the world, an hour from London, and bursting with outdoor and on-water leisure opportunities, wildlife, artisan food producers, and so much more.

If you genuinely love being a surgeon and you think you could own this position and help build a unique training environment, please respond.

Please visit optivet.com and https://www.islandreferrals.co.uk/ for more information.

Please make initial contact (which will be treated in confidence) with Simon Hester – simon@optivet.com   07802 584133.

Medicine Specialist

Optivet Referrals is an independent referral centre staffed by a very friendly and inclusive team – more of a family than a corporate environment. We are aligned around a set of strong core values which help us to deliver leading specialist-led care to our patients and their owners – we truly treat patients as if they are our own pets.

We are one of the world’s leading veterinary ophthalmology centres and also have specialists in surgery, medicine and anaesthesia – we all support each other unreservedly.

If you are a dynamic, people-friendly medicine specialist looking for an opportunity to shape your future then we would like to talk to you.

There is a ready caseload from a group of loyal referring vets that has been developed by our brilliant part-time specialist and now great scope for the right person to develop a full-time service. You will have the freedom to develop services for any areas of interest that you have.

We will offer unmatched rewards to the right person  - a four day working week, a  top salary, an opportunity for profit share / share incentive scheme – one of the last remaining openings in the veterinary world for this type of opportunity.

Facilities include a 128-slice CT scanner and all the other toys that you may need.

If you would like to explore further, please make contact.

Feel free to call Simon Hester on 07802 584133 or email simon@optivet.com

Specialist Ophthalmologists

Optivet is developing as a multidisciplinary centre but we started out as an ophthalmology service and remain world-leaders in this field.  We are able to boast multiple residents, world-leading specialists and a host of cutting-edge procedures such as retinal reattachment and glaucoma interventions, which ensure we enjoy a heavy load of tertiary referrals alongside our standard referral work.

If you love veterinary ophthalmology, wish to be at the forefront of your speciality and if your enjoy clinical research then we are always looking to expand our team

Registered Veterinary Nurses

Optivet referrals are world leaders in Ophthalmology as well as providing specialist care in Internal Medicine, Orthopaedics, Soft Tissue and Outpatient CT. We pride ourselves in providing the highest level of specialist referral veterinary care, 7 days a week.

We are looking for skilled and dedicated RVNs. Referral Centre experience is desired but not necessary to join our friendly, inclusive, multidisciplinary team. The team includes Specialists in Ophthalmology, Anaesthesia, Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, Residents, Interns and a full Nursing Support Team. The role and caseload is varied, providing every opportunity for personal growth. You will be required to rotate through Theatre, Wards, Medicine and Prep. Full training in all areas will be given. Previous theatre experience is essential.

Various shifts are available.

We provide a competitive package and benefits including private medical care, free parking, pension and a very generous holiday package. 

We operate primarily out of our practice in Havant which boasts the latest in equipment and facilities. 

Please apply in the first instance with a full CV to HR@Optivet.com or call on 01243 888091

Anaesthesia Intern urgently needed at Optivet Referrals

Optivet Referrals is currently looking for one anaesthesia intern to join its team as soon as practically possible. The ideal candidate is a veterinary surgeon with a strong interest in anaesthesia and analgesia, ideally with some previous anaesthesia experience or that would like to broaden their post-graduate experience in a multidisciplinary referral hospital. This internship is an excellent opportunity for a veterinary surgeon interested in enrolling in a residency program later on, as they will gain the required experience working under the supervision of a specialist Anaesthetist (Diplomate ACVAA and ECVAA).

About us

Optivet Referrals is one of the leading Veterinary Ophthalmology hospitals in the UK, with state-of-the-art facilities, that is rapidly expanding and accepts referral surgical and medical cases apart from ophthalmology referrals. The Anaesthesia and Analgesia team consists of a senior anaesthetist (Diplomate ACVAA and ECVAA), a resident of the ECVAA and an anaesthesia intern. The rest of the team includes an ECVS diplomate Surgeon, an RCVS Internal Medicine specialist, 2 Ophthalmology specialists, 4 Ophthalmology registrars, 3 Ophthalmology residents, 2 ophthalmology interns and 2 rotating interns.  The caseload includes a wide variety of ophthalmology surgeries (cataracts, retinal reattachment, glaucoma surgery, corneal grafts, entropion, face lifts, enucleations, etc..), orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeries, medicine procedures (E.g. endoscopies, bronchoscopies, biopsies) and computed tomography cases (both inpatients and outpatients). The majority of the patients are dogs and cats (95%), and the remainder are exotics. The anaesthesia equipment incorporates advanced ventilatory and haemodynamic monitoring, including non-invasive cardiac output, mechanical ventilators, peripheral nerve stimulators (for neuromuscular function monitoring and nerve blocks) and a dedicated ultrasound machine for ultrasound-guided peripheral loco-regional blocks. 

About the role

The responsibilities of the intern will be to support the veterinary team and the nursing team in the care of all patients. The anaesthesia intern will be expected to contribute to the pre- intra- and post-operative care of patients needing anaesthesia and will also have their own cases under direct supervision by the Diplomate anaesthetist. The Anaesthesia team holds weekly Journal club meetings, which the anaesthesia interns are expected to attend. The whole Optivet team holds weekly in-house CPD presentations, where the interns are expected to present at least once during the internship. 

The internship will have a duration of 12 months. A competitive and attractive benefit package is offered. The interns will be expected to work 40 hours per week and will be expected to do both day and night shifts. Holidays are 25 working days plus statutory bank holidays, and CPD allowance is 5 days. A further 5 days may be taken as unpaid leave should the intern wish to pursue other training opportunities or attend other conferences. There will be a 3-month probationary period, during which the internship may be terminated by either party with a one-week notice period.

Optivet Referrals is located in Havant, Hampshire, in the South of England, near Portsmouth, Chichester, Winchester and Southampton, with easy train access to London city centre and 1 hour 20 min by car to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The South of England enjoys more days of sun than the rest of the country, has beautiful beaches and is very close to nature reserves like the South Downs and the New Forest. 

About you

Interested candidates please contact Eva Rioja Garcia (eva@optivet.com), our Head of Anaesthesia and Clinical Lead, or Emma Phillips (emma.phillips@optivet.com), our People Lead. Candidates must be already MRCVS and be in the UK, with the right to work in the UK (Pre-settled or Settled status or with a valid UK working VISA for the duration of the internship). Candidates not having currently MRCVS status or not having already the right to work in UK will not be considered this time. There is no application deadline, and we will consider all candidates until the position is filled.