Linnaeus has already seen a number of graduates progress within the group and we’re always on the look-out for future talent to join us. We are committed to supporting you to develop yourself and your career. You will have the opportunity to share your ideas and help shape our continued commitment to developing new treatments and technological advancements in the industry.

Graduate Development Programme GDP

Support & Networking

  • Formalised mentorship and support, with practice based primary and secondary mentors, including a VetGDP Adviser
  • Funded social events, with peer groups and mentors
  • Programme defined by small cohort sizes, supporting a personalised experience and ability to establish close-knit graduate networks
  • One to one support from our central team
  • Part of the Mars family with global opportunities


  • Structured, graduate focused educational programmes with 12 core educational days
  • Includes intensive pre-start training camp
  • Focus on primary care skill development – common primary care case presentations, surgical skills, dentistry, anaesthesia, imaging, internal medicine, dermatology and ophthalmology
  • Non-clinical skills including veterinary business training, time management, communication skills, managing difficult conversations and skills to thrive in practice

Early Careers Programme ECP

Support & Networking

  • Ongoing practice-based mentorship
  • Ongoing central office support
  • Regional social events with your cohort and our other graduates


  • Programme defined by increased flexibility and opportunity to tailor clinical and professional skills training to individual areas of interest
  • Focus on increasing clinical skill development
  • Core educational days cover more advanced clinical topics including neurology, oncology, advanced surgical and medical topics
  • Up to five days CPD of your choice, in addition to 6 core educational days provided by Linnaeus

Our Graduate Development Programme in 2024 will begin in September 2024, you must be available to start then do complete essential CDP.

About us

Leadon Vale Veterinary Centre has been serving their local community for over 60 years and are an experienced and knowledgeable team dedicated to providing compassionate care.

The practice has a fully equipped surgery, with extensive surgical, diagnostic and anaesthesia equipment supporting case work-ups to a high standard. Facilities include a dedicated digital radiography, ultrasound suite, dental suite, intensive care oxygen unit, on-site lab facilities and ECG. The practice provides 24-hour emergency services.

There is a real ethos within the team to support ongoing professional development for all team members. The practice is RCVS Accredited and achieved ISFM Silver Cat Friendly Status in 2021.

Part of an amazing global family

You’ll benefit from

  • A 12-month Graduate Development Programme (GDP) aligned with the RCVS VetGDP starting in September 2024
  • Subsequent 12-month Early Careers Programme (ECP) starting in September 2025
  • Starting salary from £36,000 with a review at 12 months
  • RCVS Membership fees, professional indemnity insurance and an additional membership of choice (BVA or BSAVA) provided
  • Graduate roles available throughout the UK