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Careers & Vacancies

All students must be over 16 years of age.  Students between the age of 16 and 18 years will be considered if they are seeking a career as a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse.  These students can only “see practice” on the premises of our Penwortham surgery. 

Students over the age of 18 years may be able to accompany the farm vets on their farm calls. Priority has to be given to any vet students requiring EMS hours.

Ribble Vets, Preston – Large animal veterinary surgeon


We are currently looking for an enthusiastic vet to join a 7 vet large animal team, consisting of 4 large animal assistants and 3 supportive clinical directors in Preston, Lancashire.

The position offers an extensive caseload consisting of cattle (with a dairy bias), sheep, an ever-growing smallholder sector and approximately 5% equine work.

The farm team is based at the new purpose-built veterinary hospital in Penwortham which offers facilities to allow routine large animal procedures in the farm theatre, and lab work to be processed in-house.

We offer a competitive salary and a very pleasant 1 in 4rota, supported by a clinical director as second on call. Typically a 4 ½ day working week as a 1/2 day off follows every weeknight OOH. A full lieu day also follows after working a weekend on call.

Ribble Vets is a progressive practice which utilises both Interherd+ and Vetimpress software, as well as offering clients other herd health services such as sheep flock health plans and youngstock packages. The practice also offers artificial insemination and embryo transfer in both cattle and sheep.

The position comes with a vehicle, CPD allowance and we actively encourage further personal development such as certification.

Please send covering letter and CV to practice manager Nicky Birch
or alternatively, do not 
hesitate to contact for further details at nicky@ribblevets.co.uk

Ribble Vets, Penwortham, Lancashire
– Full and Part Time Small Animal Vet Positions


A really exciting opportunity has arisen for a full- and part-time vet to join us. Our independent practice has a big team of 15 vets (eight small animal, five mixed and three large animal), 18 nurses and 14 receptionists. We have a large purpose-built hospital and three branches. Whether you are looking for your 1st, 2nd or 5th job, returning from a career break or perhaps wanting to return to permanent employment having locumed, we can accommodate various levels of experience.

Why we’re great according to our team:
  • Our large team is friendly and caring, with a nice balance between experience and newly qualified energy. Our nurses and support staff are at the top of their game.
  • We’re proud to provide our own out of hours emergency cover, giving our vets the chance to retain their cases in-house and work them up to a higher level, and our patients and clients seamless care.
  • Our consultations are a minimum of 15 minutes, with sufficient breaks between blocks to catch up on call-backs, paperwork or grab a cuppa!
  • Our lovely new purpose-built practice is bright, airy and a pleasurable place to work.
  • We have a very varied medical and surgical caseload and excellent facilities including eight consulting rooms including one dedicated to bereavement, two operating theatres, separate dental, x-ray and diagnostic rooms, five wards, ultrasonography, digital x-ray, endoscopy, hydrotherapy and k-laser. We striveto provide the best and most current treatments.
  • Our environment is a supportive. We actively encourage CPD, including regular in-house clinical evenings with guest lecturers, and case discussion sessions. We have an active WhatsApp groups for sharing cases and ideas. A director is always available to provide out-of-hours assistance if required. We currently have 3 certificate and 1 diploma holders.
  • Penwortham where we are located is a lovely large village in its own right, with an ever-increasing number of cafés, restaurants and bars, but is also located close to the motorway network to whizz off to the Lakes, West-Pennines, West-Yorkshire, North Wales or the Peaks, Liverpool or Manchester, all within an hour. The

We are looking for enthusiastic and caring vets who enjoy the buzz of being part of a busy team. The full-time position is based on a 4.5 day week with 1 regular night on call. 1 in 6 Saturday & Sunday on call with 1.5 days in lieu and 1 in 6 Friday night & Saturday morning with a half day in lieu. The part-time hours are very much open to discussion. We have a number of parents who have successfully combined working at Ribble with child-care commitments, but equally, it may suit someone looking to work a reduced number of hours for any number of other reasons.  

The Package:

For a recent graduate applying for the full-time position, we would guarantee a minimum package of £30 000. The salary for more experienced candidates and for the part-time position would be discussed on an individual basis.

The package includes:

salary and out of hours payments

• practice accommodation or a housing allowance

• 5 days CPD funded per year

• pension contributions of 3% of salary

• childcare vouchers if required

• 32 days annual leave (24 days plus bank holidays)

• half day lieu following a night on call

•1.5 days lieu for a Saturday & Sunday worked

Contact Us

Please contact Mrs Nicky Birch
(Head Nurse / Practice manager)

at nicky@ribblevets.co.uk

or on 01772 746393 for further information or to apply