We are looking for an experienced equine vet with a particular interest and understanding of:

  1. Routine ambulatory work
  2. Competition horse work
  3. Referral case management

With a minimum of 3 years experience, we need a dynamic team player, who possesses the ambition and enthusiasm to contribute to our reputation. Mobile digital imaging equipment is available for working up ambulatory cases and you will be supported by an up-to-date referral hospital with MRI, Scintigraphy (and soon to be installed CT). With extensive opportunities to work up your own case load, you will have the back-up of our expert hospital teams - diploma holders, certified surgeons and residents - and our dedicated, qualified nursing staff.

Out of hours is shared on a 1-in-5 rota working as a team with the duty surgeon, intern and nurse. A competitive package is available for the right candidate, including: car, CPD allowance, subscriptions paid and the opportunity of funding for further post-graduate qualifications.

Situated in the rural East Midlands, Oakham is a pleasant market town with excellent road and rail connections.

For further information contact either Neal Ashton: 07764 616018 or Alex Knott:  07872 130800

or send your CV with covering letter to Dawn Wright, HR Manager

Postgraduate Certificate Studentships (Clinical Internship) in Equine Studies

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham and Oakham Veterinary Hospital has developed an exciting 12 month postgraduate certificate (PG Cert) programme for early career veterinary surgeons interested in developing their clinical skills in equine studies combining clinical training with a formal qualification. Two scholarships are available beginning in August 2018 and February 2019. Both positions will be suitable for recent graduates or students currently in their final year.

The internships will be based at Oakham Veterinary Hospital, a clinical associate practice of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, where students have an opportunity to experience both first opinion and referral cases during their final year rotations. A team of seven practice veterinary surgeons is assisted by University staff specialising in equine medicine and equine surgery. The hospital provides a diverse case load to support clinical training supported by excellent clinical facilities. Clinical training will be provided in areas such as in-patient care, poor performance examination, diagnostic imaging and anaesthesia. The scholar will be expected to complement the teaching of University of Nottingham veterinary undergraduates.

Each position is offered for twelve months subject to satisfactory progress. Accommodation is provided consisting of a large two-bedroom flat situated on-site shared with the second intern, together with a generous stipend.

Eligibility

Applicants from outside the UK/EU/EAA will not normally be considered. Applicants whose first language is not English must present evidence of having achieved an IELTS score of at least 7.5 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each component) alongside initial expression of interest. Graduates must have completed at least 26 weeks of clinical training outside their university. This may include clinical EMS, student externships or post graduate employment.

 Application process

Further details can be found at https://www.oakhamvethospital.co.uk/equine-staff/equine-internship-program

Expressions of interest comprising a CV and covering letter should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 21st January 2018

An applicant's day, including an opportunity to meet with both university and practice partners will be held in mid-February. 

Are you interested in a customer service apprenticeship? We are currently searching for an apprentice to join our equine reception team. This is a great job for those who can maintain a positive and customer friendly attitude at all times. You will also give customers a positive impression of yourself and our practice. You will be expected to deal with customers face-to-face and over the telephone.

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Key Training Ltd. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. via the link below. If this is the first time that you have applied for an apprenticeship, you will need to create an account first, which can also be done by following the link below.

Only applications received via this process will be considered.

https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-202214

Our nursing team has a reputation for providing gold standard patient care. As a result, we are able to recognise and reward our nurses’ skills, professionalism and dedication. Our clinical team is growing and we would very much like to hear from registered vet nurses, with at least three years’ nursing experience who are keen to contribute to and share in our success.

Enthusiastic, self-motivated and resilient, you will enjoy keeping pace with our wide and varied caseload and demonstrate strong communication skills.

A generous rota and package is offered. With lots of scope for personal development, CPD is encouraged and funded. Why wouldn’t you want to join us? Have a look at our website and Facebook page.

For more information please contact Helen Franklin, Head Nurse, on 01572 722646. Apply with CV and covering letter to Dawn Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In a recent client survey 93% of those who responded would like to use an online booking service for routine vet appointments.  VetBooker is a client interaction portal for veterinary practices which will work alongside our Practice Management System to allow registered clients to book online appointments.

The system will hopefully go live this month, initially just for booking vaccination appointments.  All small animal clients with an active email address will receive an email link allowing them to register.  

Next time you come in to see us please take five minutes to check with reception that we have an email address on your client account.  Alternatively, send us an email with your details to:
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Oakham Vets CPD

Wednesday 30th September saw Oakham Veterinary Hospital hold a CPD day for referring vets at the George Hotel business centre in Stamford.

The day focused on updates regarding new techniques, interesting cases and clinical research from our caseload. The subjects covered included surgery, medicine, imaging, neurology, and sports medicine. Speakers included our own vets and our colleagues from the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine.

The programme included:

This month at OVH we are welcoming a new equine surgeon, Julia Dubuc.  Julia is employed by the University of Nottingham as a clinical assistant professor of equine surgery and is based here at OVH on a fulltime basis.

Her main area of research is centred on the equine stifle, more specifically the meniscal injuries and their contribution to joint disease.  She recently moved here from Canada and completed her first ironman in July 2017, a hobby which she is keen to continue in the UK's great weather.

It's that time of year again, the 185th Rutland Show will be held on Sunday 4th June and we will be there again to enjoy all that it offers!  Vets William Bevin, Chris Booth and Catriona Laird will be providing veterinary cover on the day.  We will also once again have our stand in the covered trade stand area just off the main ring.  Please come and visit us for your free dog bandanas, stickers for the kids and a go in the lucky dip!

(9 months' Fixed Term Contract, 2 days per week)

We are looking for an experienced Bookkeeper to provide assistance to the Practice Manager.  You need to have a good working knowledge of Sage accounting software, a high attention to detail and be well organised.  you will also provide administrative support to the accounts team.  The successful candidate will start as soon as possible.

Please forward your CV and covering letter which should include your salary expectations to:

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Equine vets and horse-owners will have access to the latest research and resources on common emergency conditions in horses thanks to a new website launched today.

 VetReact has been set up by an equine research group at The University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. The team hopes the new site will be the ‘go-to’ resource for the latest evidence-based advice and information on clinical best practice in horse medicine.

 VetReact adds to the current national campaign by the Nottingham Vet School and British Horse Society – REACT Now to Beat Colic – which is helping horse owners spot the early signs of colic and seek early diagnosis and treatment.

2 x RVN – SMALL ANIMAL - OAKHAM, RUTLAND

Our nursing team has a reputation for providing gold standard patient care. As a result, we are able to recognise and reward our nurses’ skills, professionalism and dedication. Our team is growing and we would very much like to hear from registered vet nurses, with at least two years’ nursing experience who are keen to contribute to and share in our success.

Enthusiastic, self-motivated and resilient, you will enjoy keeping pace with our wide and varied caseload and demonstrate strong communication skills.

A generous OOH rota with a day off in lieu is offered. With lots of scope for personal development, CPD is encouraged and funded. Have a look at our website and Facebook page.

For more information please contact Helen Franklin, Head Nurse, on 01572 722646. Apply with CV and covering letter to Dawn Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A good de-worming strategy is an important part of your horse's general healthcare plan.  A high worm burden may predispose your horse to ill health, weight loss, poor condition, diarrhoea and most seriously, colic.  The traditional approach of treating horses for worms at set intervals every three months is promoting 'resistance' amongst the worm population.  There are no new classes of wormer currently under development, so it is important that we update our thinking when it comes to best practice for worm control.  Strategic worming uses worm egg counts to assess whether your horse actually needs worming.