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Small Animal Vet

You will see a great mix of both routine and emergency medical and surgical cases and will be fully supported by our friendly and experienced team.

Small Animal Vet

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a small animal veterinary surgeon to join our proudly independent practice in Preston, Lancashire.


A diverse and rewarding role where you’ll see a great mix of both routine and emergency medical and surgical cases, meaning no two days are the same. We can tailor the role around you. There is the possibility for consult-only roles, dedicated operating days and structured development, including one-to-one surgical guidance as required and freedom to further individual interests. Within our team we have several certificate holders and vets experienced in surgery, dermatology, ultrasonography, medicine, plus a visiting ophthalmologist.

  • Fantastic team of experienced vets and fully qualified RVNs.
  • As an independent practice you have the freedom to work up cases the way you want.
  • All branches fully equipped with digital X-ray, ultrasound and lab, plus access to dental X-ray.
  • All the directors are vets working within the team, as such they continually invest in the practice for the benefit of patients and staff.
  • Regular clinical meetings with CPD, case discussion, and the opportunity for your ideas to be heard.

We want all our team members to feel motivated and satisfied at work. That’s why we’re committed to creating a supportive environment where everyone can thrive, with initiatives focused on employee wellbeing and development.

Vet Stephanie Heys says, “The small animal team have strong and diverse skill-sets, that allow cases to be worked up and treated to a very high standard in-house.”

  • Competitive salary based on experience, with a structured annual review and career progression opportunities.
  • No OOH – we work in partnership with Vets Now for our out of hours service. Weekend rota is equally shared, 2-in-15 (weekend 1 = Sat day and Sun morn only and weekend 2 = Sat day only).
  • Five weeks paid holiday (pro rata for part time staff) plus bank holidays or day off in lieu.
  • RCVS membership fees paid.
  • VDS cover and another professional membership of your choice paid.
  • Family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay.
  • Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Active and varied health and wellbeing programme for all, with regular team building and whole practice social events throughout the year.
Small Animal Vet training opportunities


We are proud to be an independent and enthusiastic practice who actively encourage and support further education, including to certificate level. As part of an established team, you will be offered support and mentorship by experienced clinicians.

  • Working closely with our team of vets who have diverse skill sets and knowledge, allowing you to develop in any direction.
  • Structured mentoring program.
  • All branches fully equipped with diagnostics, imaging and operating suites.
  • Paid CPD to certificate level if required.
  • RCVS Approved Graduate Development Practice – we work closely with the new veterinary school at UCLan.

“I love working at Oakhill – the team are so supportive and welcoming. This has given me the opportunity to develop my confidence and skills. I feel that I have progressed so much in the two years I have been here.” Vet Maddy Walsh


Oakhill Veterinary Centre is a three-branch RCVS accredited practice offering a client-focused service to pets in and around Preston. We have a genuinely amazing team and wonderful clients. Our talented team is made up of 18 veterinary surgeons, 18 registered veterinary nurses (RVNs) and 20 support staff.

Have a look on our website, Facebook and Google reviews to get an idea about who we are and what we are all about!

Interested? Email Judith to arrange for an informal chat.

Small Animal Vet - Lotti Mackay


Lotti joined the Oakhill team in December last year and has never looked back! Lotti told us, “Oakhill Vets is a fantastic place to work. Having joined the team recently I’ve been welcomed with open arms. Team wellbeing is important and is prioritised – they absolutely do look after their people.

“There are many unique characters coming together to make a truly fabulous team!

“Every member of the team is encouraged to pursue their interests and there is a wealth of information and support throughout the team. There is a dynamic and progressive approach to maintaining excellent clinical standards, with regular meetings sharing of information.

“I’m glad made the move to Oakhill!”


Ideally, we’re looking for someone with 2-3 years’ experience, but whatever your experience, if you’re enthusiastic, reliable and get the job done, we’d love to hear from you!

We are a flexible employer, open to discussing working days which give you a work-life balance and welcome applications from candidates looking for full time or part time work.

Email your CV and covering letter to