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. 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


  • In-practice primary mentor and trained VetGDP Adviser
  • In-practice secondary mentor
  • Peer-to-peer support through GDP networking and social events
  • Dedicated graduate contact point within the Linnaeus Central Support Team
  • Placement at a supportive practice


  • Graduate Development Programme (GDP):
    • 12 core educational days including an intensive pre-start training camp
    • Focus on fundamental primary care clinical and professional skills
  • Early Careers Programme (ECP):
    • Up to 5 days flexible CPD of your own choice, plus 6 core educational days on more advanced topics
    • Flexibility to attend CPD of your own choice
  • Graduate specific practical training days – including ultrasound and surgery courses
  • Additional CPD opportunities outside of the GDP – conference attendance, external CPD, practice visits
  • Access to an extensive online resource library with 170+ hours of on-demand content
  • Access to exclusive Linnaeus CPD courses free of charge

Ongoing Development

  • Permanent contract within Linnaeus Veterinary Limited
  • Support to map out your own career journey
  • Flexibility to move within the Linnaeus family on graduation

Programme features

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

Shires Vets is a large multi-site practice providing high quality patient care across Staffordshire and the West Midlands. The small animal team is highly experienced, with 12 of the 18 vets, greater than 5 years qualified. The team includes a number of certificate holders including Small Animal Medicine, Surgery and Ophthalmology with areas of special interest including cardiology, dermatology, acupuncture and physiotherapy. This will provide a broad range of learning opportunities for a new graduate.

New graduates will have the opportunity to operate and perform diagnostics 3-4 days per week, as well as shadowing initially on the OOH rota to gain experience in emergency medicine. Graduates start with 30-minute appointment slots to enable time for thorough approach to cases and to seek advice and support as needed.

Shires have a team of experienced mentors, having supported a number of graduates through the Linnaeus GDP and are able to support in all areas of your clinical development, including dedicated surgical skills coaching.

The four small animal sites are well equipped and include all the usual consulting, diagnostic and operating facilities. Equipment includes digital x-ray, dental x-ray, laparoscopic equipment, flexible endoscope, ultrasound, in-house lab facilities and multi-parameter monitoring, all supported by an exceptional nursing team.

Shires are a friendly team seeking a new graduate with great communication and team skills and a desire to learn within a lovely practice!

Why Linnaeus?

We are proud to be Linnaeus, part of Mars.

Linnaeus is a forward-thinking group of highly respected primary care and specialist referral practices in the UK and Ireland. Being family owned and part of Mars Veterinary Health, the largest veterinary company in the world, allows us to focus on advancing the veterinary profession to provide industry-leading pet care and unique career opportunities for our people.

  • We pride ourselves in offering high-quality excellence of service and clinical care for our clients and their pets
  • We lead on sustainability and collectively drive positive change for people, pets and the planet
  • We prioritise your mental health and wellbeing – valuing equity, diversity and inclusion
  • We support your personal and professional development with best-in-class career frameworks and training programmes. We will empower and support you to grow your career from day one.

We team up within our Mars family in partnership for a stronger future.

Linnaeus is an equal-opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. We treat each other fairly and equitably and we are committed to fostering a culture that is inclusive and diverse for all our Associates.

At Linnaeus, A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS starts with a better world for our people.