Small Animal Practice in Carlisle, Cumbria

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and caring

Small animal VET

to join our amazing team!

Our Practice

An opportunity exists for you to expand the clinical team in a practice keen to keep key clinical skills in Primary Care Practice. Our Practice runs several in-house healthcare plans which, unlike the majority of schemes, provides both routine (preventative) and non-routine (accident and illness) care for member animals. To service these schemes it is vital that we maintain a team of veterinary surgeons who share our desire to develop and maintain a broad range of clinical and surgical skills within the practice.

The usual diagnostic aids are available (digital x-ray, both standard and dental units, ultrasound, video-endoscope, in-house clinical biochemistry) which will allow you to investigate your patient’s problems and then to guide the owner through the various clinical and surgical options.

What we’re looking for:

We are open to all experience levels. If you are a new graduate we want to show you what an amazing and satisfying job being a first opinion practitioner can be and to help you develop your professional skills. If you are an experienced vet we hope you can further develop your skills and enjoy working with our team.


We’re looking for a compassionate, caring vet who is a good communicator and is keen to develop long term relationships with clients and their pets. You’ll be a team player but also able to act on your own judgement and make decisions when needed.

The role:
  • The rota will be worked on a 1:4 basis, allowing a great work-life balance and giving you plenty of time to enjoy the nearby Lake District, which is just 35 minutes away.

  • Our vets are supported by five RVNs together with an animal care assistant and student VNs.


  • Yes, we do our own OOH work, but being a small practice this is not onerous. We work a set rota with consistent days and duty nights and a long weekend every month, however all staff are flexible about swapping days off when needed.

What we can offer in return:
  • We are delighted to be part of the VetPartners group, who offer a generous CPD budget, we encourage and will fund further study to certificate level for the right candidate.

  • Salary will be dependent on experience and upon hours worked (we can accommodate a working week between 30 and 40 hours), with five weeks paid leave (plus bank holidays)

  • RCVS fees and one veterinary subscription paid for.

  • Cycle to work scheme.

  • Healthshield Policy.

  • Pension.



For further information please contact the practice
Manager Rowena Batey via email rowena.batey@ashleavets.co.uk