Small Animal Graduate Veterinary Surgeon Pontnewydd 2024

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.

The role

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 @ Sanders Vets

We are a well-established practice that has been open for over 60yrs and strong bonded client base. We are located in a lovely village near Cwmbran which offers the tranquillity of village life while being close to local amenities. We are a 30-40 minute drive from Cardiff city centre and only 15 minutes from Newport city centre. We have good local public transport and the practice is near all forms of transport links - train station and bus stations. Cwmbran town centre is just a 5 minute drive away and is home to many major shops so ideal for a quick lunch time shop. Our practice is also situated within just a minutes’ walk to the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal.

We have a newly refurbished premises and a good range of equipment including endoscope, ultrasound, x-ray and dental x-ray, inhouse idexx blood machines and multi-parameter machines.

We have a fantastic team which includes 2 full time Vets, 1 part time Vet (Currently on maternity leave) and 6 x RVN's. We have members of the team who have certificates in Ophthalmology and Feline Nursing. We also have a member of staff with a dog training qualification and strong canine behaviour interest and a Head RVN working towards a Nursing consulting certificate.

We hold monthly practice meetings and encourage team involvement. We share how the practice is performing overall i.e Pet Health Club, Petplan, financial information and we also always celebrate team achievements and discuss client google reviews. As a team we openly discuss any team concerns and problem solve which helps with the team moral and the smooth running of the clinic. Clinical directors run quarterly vet meetings and include case study discussions. Practice manager is a training mental health first aider. We provide staff with fresh fruit basket in the staff room for health and wellbeing purposes. We try to do regular social events currently trying out Tennis club.
Our nursing team consists of 6 very experienced RVN's some of which are certificate holders.

Step into a supportive start

Your normal hours of work are 40 hours per week, 4 days a week. Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 6.30am. You will also be required to participate in a weekend 1 in 3 rota.

Our new graduate will be mentored and work alongside our experienced Veterinary Surgeons who hold over 20 years’ experience between them. We will ensure they have a settling in period and be supported by all the team from the minute they join us. They will initially shadow our reception team, Nursing team and then our Vet team while the find their feet in the Veterinary industry and get an understanding of how the practice operates. We will at the start hold weekly meetings to allow time for our graduate to discuss any concerns they may have. We will use this time to also discuss our graduate’s performance and skill sets and to set realistic goals for their career development. It is important to us that we do not rush this period and we try to tailor our plan to our graduate’s own pace and style of learning. Our graduate will be able shadowing their mentor and they will when ready be encouraged to take on their own caseload starting with basic consults such as booster vaccinations and health checks. As their skills advance and their confidence builds, we would encourage them to start taking on more complex cases. Surgical procedure will be performed initially by shadowing their mentor or another experience vet in our clinic within our spacious double operating room. We will work with our graduate during the completion of their RCVS PDP.

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 to 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.

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