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Celebrating our amazing clients!

We are extremely proud to have one of the very first veterinary nurses as one of our clients with us here at Friars Moor Vets!

Here she is posing with her dog Midge and a medal that she was awarded for achieving the highest marks in her year when she qualified, wow!

She was a RANA (Royal Animal Nursing Auxiliaries), The RANA scheme was approved in 1961 and veterinary nursing became an officially recognised professional qualification with the first nurses qualifying in 1962.

Even though she would have qualified all those years ago she is still very active within the industry and stays involved in dog behaviour and welfare circles.

Her name hasn’t been shared for confidentiality but we wanted to celebrate this lovely lady’s achievements!

Veterinary Surgeon New Graduate Vacancy

Job description

Calling all new graduates 2022/24! Would you like to work for an independent practice? If so read on…

We have an exciting opportunity for you to join our progressive, dedicated and friendly small animal team in the heart of the North Dorset countryside as a new graduate!

We have 3 newly well-equipped, branch surgeries with a growing client base. You would join our team of 10 vets and 9 RVN’s to help provide an excellent service to the local community. The successful candidate would be fully supported by a dedicated mentor, and our experienced clinical team will also enhance your learning and progression with their wealth of experience as you begin your journey as a qualified vet. There is also opportunity to mix socially together such as BBQ’s, wellbeing events and staff Christmas party to name a few!


Here are some of the specifics:

  • 4-day week
  • £33,280 starting salary
  • 1 in 8 Out of Hours rota, ably assisted by a dedicated out of hours nursing team
  • Commitment to green initiative
  • Fully supported VetGDP
  • XLVets New Graduate Programme
  • Health Insurance
  • Professional fees
  • Supported CPD
  • Help with finding accommodation
  • Employee Assistance Programme

Send your CV and application over to [email protected]

DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE – Graduate Vet Surgeon

Veterinary Surgeon Vacancy

Job description

Friars Moor Veterinary Clinic is located in the beautiful Blackmore Vale in North Dorset, providing veterinary care in Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset, with branches in Sturminster Newton, Shaftesbury and Blandford.

We are offering an opportunity for an experienced, passionate small animal vet, committed to delivering an exceptional level of care to both patients and their owners, to join our proudly independent practice.

Prospects of future management role and part ownership for the right applicant.

The Role:

Due to current expansion, we are offering an exciting opportunity to join our progressive, dedicated, and friendly small animal team in the heart of the North Dorset countryside, to help us provide an exceptional service to our local community.

We are looking for a full (4-day week) or part-time experienced veterinary surgeon to join our team of 9 vets. We have an excellent, supportive nursing team comprising 12 Registered Veterinary Nurses and a dedicated on-call nursing team.

We operate 3 well-equipped branch surgeries all with DR X-ray, in-house IDEXX laboratory, ultrasound scanners and all other usual toys.

We run our own on-call service, from our main branch with a comfortable 1 in 7 rota shared pro-rata.

Our RCVS-accredited practice is proudly independent and a member of XL Vets.

All our vets have full clinical freedom and there is regular, open discussion of cases and ideas. Independence allows interested vets to pursue their clinical interests and the possibility of management and directorship roles in the future.

The Package:

  • Competitive salary package, dependent on experience, (up to 75,000-80,000)
  • Private medical insurance with Vitality.
  • Generous holiday allowance – 26.5 days for a full-time 4-day week.
  • Generous pension scheme.
  • RCVS, BSAVA and VDS membership fees, fully funded.
  • Generously funded CPD.
  • We are committed to green initiatives and a “Cycle To Work“ scheme is available to all members.

Our abiding ethos is to care for our patients and clients but also to care for each other. Friars Moor has a strong family feel and team spirit. It is truly a great workplace place to be a part of.

If you want to advance your career as a small animal vet while making a real difference in the lives of pets and owners, we encourage you to apply.

Please forward your CV and cover letter to our practice manager Ms Justine Turnbull at [email protected], or pick up the phone and call our veterinary directors, Dan or Kirk, for an informal chat on 01258-472314.

DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE – Experienced Vet Surgeon

Fantastic day at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show

What a fantastic day we had at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show yesterday. Kirk, Freya, Sophie and Dan thoroughly enjoyed chatting with all our lovely visitors with lots of tea and cake devoured.

We were delighted to have raised £175.22 with the raffle draw, which will be donated to Ukrainian animal charities. We will be notifying all the lucky prize winners in the next few days, so please check your phones if you entered! We would like to thank all the people who kindly donated some fabulous prizes:

E.B Marsh’s
Woodbridge Farm
Coconut & Cotton
Virginia Hayward
The White Hart, Sturminster Newton
Honeybuns, Holwell
Daisy Delbridge, Sturminster Newton
Flamingo Paperie
Shepard’s Farm Shop
Friars Moor Vets

We look forward to seeing you again next year! 😃

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show

Come see us at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury show on the 17th of August and take part in our raffle raising money for Ukranian animal charities!
We have had a variety of prizes donated for you to try and win; supporters include:
E.B Marsh’s
Woodbridge Farm
Coconut & Cotton
Virginia Hayward
The White Hart, Sturminster Newton
Honeybuns, Holwell
Daisy Delbridge, Sturminster Newton
Flamingo Paperie
Friars Moor Vets
Come find us on Avenue i: Plot 3 opposite the Fun, Food and Farming Tent.

Experienced Veterinary Surgeon for Saturday mornings – Blandford

We are offering an exciting opportunity to join our progressive, dedicated and friendly small animal team in the heart of the North Dorset countryside. An increase in work load and expansion of the business means we are looking for a veterinary surgeon with at least 2 years experience to join our team in this beautiful part of the country.

We are looking for a small animal vet to take sole charge for Saturday morning consultations at our Blandford branch, from 8.30am to 12.30pm. This position could suit someone with a young family and with a possibility to increase hours during the working week in the future.

We offer support for continuing education including certificates. Our vets have full clinical freedom and there is regular, open discussion of cases and ideas.

We have three well equipped, branch surgeries each with in house Idexx blood machines and DR X-ray. With a growing client base, our team of 9 vets, 12 RVN’s and our client care team work hard together to provide an excellent service to the local area.

We are keen for someone to start as soon as possible and listed below are the specifics:

  • Competitive salary with experience
  • Health Insurance
  • Professional fees
  • Supported CPD

To chat about the role or to apply for the job, please get in touch with the practice manager, Justine Turnbull via email: [email protected] or telephone: 01258 472314

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Friars Moor Veterinary practice has an exciting opportunity for a Registered Veterinary Nurse to join our forward thinking, busy first opinion veterinary practice in North Dorset with clinics in Sturminster newton, Shaftesbury and Blandford. An independent practice where further education is encouraged within the clinical team and nursing skills are well utilised.
We are looking to expand our nursing team and pride ourselves on having a very friendly ethos both within the clinical environment and socially outside of work. To continue providing a high standard of care we hold regular meetings within the team to review protocols where new ideas are welcomed. We maintain good relationships with all members of the practice and we’ve previously won the best place to work at the Blackmore Vale Business Awards.
This is a full-time position of 37.5 hours a week with 1 in 6 Saturday mornings. Monday to Friday you will be predominantly based at our Sturminster Newton Branch with 1-2 days of the week at our Blandford or Shaftesbury branch. Part time candidates are also welcome to apply for the position. We are looking for a caring, supportive, organised, and professional individual who works well as part of a team. The right candidate should have a passion for animals and be able to provide gold standard nursing care with the willingness to continue training in all aspects.
In return we will offer a rewarding career where CPD is funded and encouraged, a competitive salary of £13/hour, a friendly working environment, holiday benefits and we promote a good work life balance with no out of hours.
The successful applicant will need to hold a full driving licence and be prepared to travel to any of our three clinics.
If you are interested in this position or have any questions, we would love to hear from you.
Please email your interest to our Practice Manager [email protected]

Jubilee Bank Holiday

Wishing you all an enjoyable bank holiday for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022, our Sturminster Newton branch will be open on 2nd June from 8.30 – 12pm with our Blandford and Shaftesbury branches remaining closed.

All three branches will be closed and available for emergencies only, on Friday 3rd June with our Shaftesbury branch also remaining closed on Saturday 4th June.