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Shape your journey!

No matter where your passion in veterinary medicine lies, the IVC Evidensia Graduate Academy programme offers a comprehensive and tailored learning experience to support you in achieving your potential.

Are you a recent or soon-to-be veterinary graduate looking to embark on a successful and fulfilling career in veterinary medicine?

Shape your journey to veterinary excellence with our Graduate Academy programme. Unlock your potential through practical and online CPD courses and development opportunities. Feel empowered with mentor and well-being support, alongside a host of benefits and rewards. Find support and inspiration, with our global network of peers and professionals ready and waiting to welcome you.

Join us on this exciting journey, and let's shape the future of veterinary care together.

Unlock your passions @ Castle Veterinary Group

We are a fantastic, mixed practice located in County Down. We are privileged to work and live in not 1 but 2 areas of outstanding natural beauty. The practice stretches across a fantastic scenic area from Strangford Lough up to Slieve Donard. We have on our doorstep a wide range of sports clubs, cross-fit centres, leisure centres, a racecourse, golf courses, water sports activities centres, mountain bike trails, landmarks where Game of thrones was shot, something for everyone all within the catchment area. For nightlife we have multiple bustling tourist seaside towns and villages and for a city experience we are located 1 hour from Belfast and 1 hour and 30 mins from Dublin.

We are an established practice with a team of 15 Vets and 9 Nurses. Excellent support system with good blend of youth and experience. We're a friendly, supportive bunch who enjoy working here, with many of the team having been here for a long time. We encourage further development in specific areas of interest to maximise career satisfaction, enabling us to offer more advanced options to our patients in house. We have Small Animal Surgeons who undertake a lot of our own orthopaedic work at our thriving Small Animal Surgeries.

Alongside the modern standard equipment, we have invested heavily in equipment to be able to do more advanced surgeries and diagnostics. We have a large animal lab area with in house faecal egg count machine and microscope, two mobile scanning units for routine fertility work, and stocks facilities for equine reproduction. We have in house endoscopy, bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy and arthroscopy. We have digital radiography in both sites. We have a state of the art ultrasound facilities with continuous and pulse wave doppler for cardiology and advanced soft tissue imaging. We use multiparameter anaesthetic monitoring for every surgical patient. We have extensive orthopaedic equipment with complicated fracture repairs, TPLO's, and TTA's all being performed routinely in house.

Step into a supportive start

Your normal hours of work are 40 hours per week. Due to the particular needs of the business we need to operate a rota system, therefore there are no normal times of work applicable to you and your daily hours, start and finish times will vary from time to time on a rota system. The rota operates Monday to Friday inclusive. In addition, you will also be required to participate in a weekend rota and an out of hour’s which will be discussed at interview.

We are happy to support new graduates, we enjoy teaching and mentoring less experienced Vets in all aspects of mixed practice. We start our new grads off shadowing one of the Vets, this gives you time to find your feet and means someone is always available to offer advice or scrub in on an op.

Caseload is completely adaptable to suit your needs.

Company vehicle provided for business purposes only.

We Are IVC Evidensia

We are committed to supporting you in shaping your journey to reach your potential, whatever your career aims. That’s why, our graduate academy programme has been developed to offer you:

Comprehensive learning

Take your career to the next level with our comprehensive blended learning programme, with a choice of streams to fit your career dreams.

Global Network

Build lifelong connections with our global community of veterinary professionals, and the opportunity to work at locations across our network as your career progresses.

CPD and development

Unlock your passions with exciting CPD and development opportunities, including access to apply for the IVC Evidensia Research Fund.


Gain invaluable experience and support from a dedicated mentor who cares about your progression.


Feel empowered with our wellbeing support offering.


Discover a host of benefits and rewards, including a competitive salary starting from £34k.

A rewarding career – it’s yours for the taking.

We offer excellent employee benefits, as we believe that our people do their best work when they feel comfortable, nurtured, and valued:

  • Year 1 salary from £34,000 increasing in year 2
  • No financial tie-in
  • 6.6 weeks holiday per year
  • 1 paid day off for your birthday
  • Pension scheme
  • Private medical insurance
  • Health and wellbeing – you’ll get free eye tests and discounted gym membership.
  • ‘Pawsome’ benefits and rewards scheme, plus a great discount on pet care
  • Employee assistance programme - we all have times in our life when we need a little extra support, which is why we offer a comprehensive employee assistance programme, including access to support.
  • Professional memberships – we cover the cost of your RCVS renewal fees and other memberships.

We know how committed you’ve been throughout your studies now let us help you create the perfect launch pad to a bright career. Join us on this exciting journey, and let's shape the future of veterinary care together.

As a BAME and LGBT+ inclusive employer, we are keen to hear from candidates from all minority and diverse groups. As a Disability Confident Employer, we are keen to hear from candidates with disabilities and long-term health conditions and would be happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments needed during the recruitment process.