Trainee Veterinary Ophthalmologist
The Rowe Veterinary Group, Bradley Stoke
This role is designed to be appropriate for candidates with a wide range of experience and post-graduate qualifications up to and including RCVS Advanced Veterinary Practitioner status. Applicants with all levels of Clinical ophthalmology experience are encouraged to contact us for an informal discussion as to whether this role is right for you.
For the avoidance of doubt this post does not represent a formal “residency” leading to a specific qualification and should not be confused with a residency position. The aim is to provide the opportunity for a colleague with an existing well developed interest in Ophthalmology to work alongside a team of experienced clinical ophthalmologists to develop their own skills in this discipline. During an expected 12-36 months period the aim is to support the successful candidate’s development as a competent clinical ophthalmologist. If relevant it is hoped that a suitable post graduate qualification can be identified at an early stage which the team can support the successful candidate in pursuing.
The Eye Clinic is a busy private practice with a large and varied caseload staffed by experienced clinical ophthalmologists who have been involved in both undergraduate and post graduate teaching. The eye clinic aims to offer a supportive learning environment which gives the opportunity for the rapid development of skills and experience for the right candidate. A disciplined approach to self study and a willingness to work hard to develop the clinical, diagnostic and surgical skills required to practice Veterinary Ophthalmology at a high level will be essential to get the most out of this opportunity. The busy private case load does not lend itself to the more structured teaching one would expect in a formal residency position. For this reason, while this is a training position, the successful candidate will be expected to be able to contribute effectively to the day to day management of inpatients and outpatients at an early stage.
While appropriate support and training will be given where needed they will be also expected to be able to manage their own caseload at an early stage. It is expected that the candidate will be able to confidently and competently medically manage emergency presentation of both existing and new ophthalmic patients out of hours at an early stage.
• Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
• Empathy for our clients, their pets, the veterinary surgeons who entrust their patients to our care and your colleagues are of primary importance in this role.
• Excellent general small animal medical and surgical skills
• Confident and competent small animal anaesthesia skills (exotic and equine anesthesia experience not required).
• Evidence of previous CPD in ophthalmology.
• Evidence of having seen practice with an ophthalmologist/s.
• A high standard of written and spoken English is required. For non native english speaking candidates a qualification in English is required (e.g. IELTS (academic, minimum level of 7 (with no elements less than 6.5) or TOEFL (internet based test, minimum score of 93 - no elements less than 23)).
• Competent use of ophthalmic diagnostic equipment
• Previous ophthalmic surgical experience.
• Evidence of managing your own ophthalmic caseload in practice. (A list of diagnostic procedures you are comfortable with and examples of cases you have managed would be of great help).
• Post graduate qualifications in surgery, anesthesia, medicine or ophthalmology.
• Previous internship, especially if an element of ophthalmology.
• Evidence of clinical research especially of in the Veterinary ophthalmology field
• Publication especially if in the Veterinary ophthalmology field
• Evidence of study towards post graduate qualifications in surgery, anesthesia, medicine or ophthalmology.
• Study towards, or possession of, a higher degree (MSc or PhD)
The normal working hours of the clinic are 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday however the nature of the work done at the eye clinic does include a significant amount of emergency ophthalmic work. Thus a commitment to out of hours working is expected to support both existing and new patients of the eye clinic. CPD allowance of a minimum of 7 days per annum. Salary dependent on experience – please contact us to discuss.
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