Graduate Introduction Programme

We are delighted to welcome applications from final year and newly graduated vets.

We would like to give successful applicants the opportunity to experience the rounded, intellectual and physical experience of mixed practice.

Your veterinary degree has done an excellent job of providing heaps of theoretical knowledge, but it simply cannot provide equality in all it’s new graduates in terms of day-one skills, confidence and clinical experience. We understand that mixed practice is not for everyone, but we would like you to have the chance to put all that theory into practice and to experience all the wonderful variety that the profession has to offer, safe in the knowledge that you will be provided with support and mentorship commensurate with your individual needs.

We are a small, independent, and genuinely mixed practice with two branches: Biggar in South Lanarkshire; Peebles in the Scottish Borders. Both branches are in areas of outstanding natural beauty, with an abundance of outdoor activities and only a stone’s throw from the cultural centres of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

We see roughly 50% small animal, 40% farm animal (predominantly sheep and beef cattle) and 10% equine. Our aim is to encourage you to develop your skills across the board, and to foster any specific interests you may wish to investigate along the way.

We are a client and patient focused practice. This may seem obvious but, to recognize and translate the requirements of the patient, and the expectations of the client, into a considered, mutually agreed and affordable treatment plan, is the base on which long-term client loyalty, and your reputation, is forged. We place no emphasis on sales: an increasingly common scenario that undermines everything for which we stand. As a new graduate, you need the time to develop your skills, with a focus on communication and your growth as a clinician.

We will provide:

Support, through a trained VetGDP advisor, who will seek regular meetings with you to listen to your highs and lows and to mentor you on your progress

Assurance, that there will be an experienced vet available 24/7 for help and advice

Encouragement, to be independent, although discussion of cases is always welcome for the benefit of all

Integration: we are a local practice – we would be glad to help you to become involved in any community activities

Clinical freedom: feel free to explore new regimes and techniques and share them with your colleagues.

CPD: we are happy to support any CPD that is relevant to our work and we will encourage you to keep up with the RCVS requirement for CPD hours.

RCVS fees, VDS cover and a Society membership (e.g. BVA, BEVA, BCVS, BSAVA, etc.)

A good starting package, with regular reviews,:

Accommodation, if you need it, and:

A car, which may be for private use, again, if you need it

We are looking for:

An energetic and motivated candidate, willing to engage in all fields of mixed practice, with the aim to become a competent, empathetic and clinically independent veterinary surgeon, at a rate determined through regular consultation with your VetGDP advisor. We would like you to take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of your colleagues and of the many affiliated organizations with which we work.

Ultimately, we want you to be a happy and hard-working vet: someone who is fulfilled by your range of clinical work and who loves the job. If we can get you there, job done.

You will work a 4.5 day week, with a 1:5 supervised and assisted on-call and 28 full days of holiday per year.

This position is open to final year veterinary students and to those who have graduated in the last year. If you are interested and would like to know more, please email a cover letter and CV to or call Chris on 01721721293 for more information.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you.