We are a 10 vet, mixed practice 60% farm, 40% small. We have three branches on mainland Orkney and also cover the smaller Islands. Our herds are predominantly beef suckler with some dairy and sheep. We are very well equipped for all areas of general practice.

Located just off the northern tip of Scotland we enjoy beautiful sandy beaches, stunning scenery, visiting Orcas, wildlife, a great music scene with festivals throughout the year, art, culture and world famous archaeology. No wonder Orkney is regularly voted one of the best places to live in the UK!

With one of our vets moving back home to England and our small animal department getting busier all the time, we have an opportunity for a new vet to join our friendly and experienced team. A genuinely mixed position or a small animal position is on offer. Our unique rota allows good time off.

We offer a generous remuneration package dependent on qualifications / experience. A car and accommodation can be provided; various memberships are paid; we have health and dental insurance; CPD is encouraged and funded and local ‘active life’ gym membership is available too.

Please email lynn@northvet.co.uk or call 01856 873403 for further information



Northvet Veterinary Group is a long established independent mixed veterinary practice in Orkney, a group of islands off the north coast of Scotland. Our main surgery in Orkney is in Kirkwall, where most small animal consultations and all surgery takes place. This modern surgery is where most of our vets and staff are based. We also have a surgery in Harray, where we have facilities and more space for seeing large animals and horses. A branch surgery in Stromness is open three times per week for small animal consultations. We have a good range of diagnostic equipment - digital & dental radiography, small and large animal ultrasound scanners, endoscopy, ECG, motorised equine dental equipment, in house Idexx lab etc.

At present we have ten vets in the practice - three are directors in the business, most are full time assistants and we have two part time assistants. The share of the work at present equates to three vets on small animals with the rest involved mainly in farm animal and some equine work. Our office hours are 8.30am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday. We have a unique rota system where each vet does a week on call at a time (Saturday to Friday) with time off during the day Monday – Friday. During spring we also have a second vet on call each day.

Veterinary Post
This mixed vet position would be an excellent opportunity for someone looking for a genuinely
mixed post and a bias in farm or small animal work would be considered. With our small animal
work having increased rapidly, there is also an opportunity for a small animal only role. We
pride ourselves in having a very good support network and run regular clinical club meetings for
vets. This role would be suitable for an experienced vet or someone who needs a bit more
support. We are looking for an enthusiastic person who is a good communicator and will fit in
well with our team.

Large Animal work
Farming in Orkney is predominantly beef suckler herds – mostly family run enterprises. Herd numbers vary from 20 – 300 with the average being around 70. There are approximately 25,000 beef cows in Orkney plus followers. Orkney has a spring calving pattern so from the middle of February until the end of May we have a second vet on call. There are a relatively small number of Dairy farms in Orkney and we carry out routine fertility visits on approximately half of these. We see a mixture of pedigree and commercial sheep and we do see pigs from time to time but there are not many in Orkney. In general Orkney farmers are very progressive and the majority are involved in health schemes the most recent to control Johnes disease. Our routine work during the winter is mainly blood testing, TB testing (4 yearly) scanning for pregnancy, bull fertility work and feet paring using our roll over crush. Some of our vets carry out FarmSkills training courses for farmers and these courses can be run on the outer Isles too. The summer months are usually spent blood sampling sheep and carrying out health plans etc.

Trips to the Isles
We spend approximately 3 days per week carrying out routine work on the smaller Islands. Out of our seventy islands, seventeen are inhabited. Travel is by ferry or plane and most trips are day returns. Occasionally we may stay for a few nights for TB testing. Most work in the Isles is of a large animal nature but we see small animals too and can book rooms for small animal consultations. During spring time we charter smaller licenced boats to quickly attend calvings and caesareans in the Isles.

Equine work
This remains a relatively small part of our work although the number of horses in Orkney is constantly increasing. We have motorised dental equipment, ultrasound, endoscope and mobile X-Ray for working up cases. We also have stocks at our Harray surgery.

Small Animal work
We have one dedicated small animal vet plus 5 mixed vets who enjoy carrying out a share of small animal work. Each day we have two vets operating and another consulting. In order to avoid a vet consulting all day we share out the surgeries so often an operating vet will also be consulting later in the day. Consultations in Kirkwall are between 9.00am – 11.30am, 2.00pm –
3.00pm, 4.00pm – 6.00pm Monday – Friday and 9.00am – 11.30am on Saturday morning. We have recently opened a second consulting room at our Kirkwall branch so we have added additional clinics 2 – 3 afternoons per week. In Stromness our appointments are from 3.00pm – 5.00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. We tend to tackle most things in house as referral is not quite as easy as it is for clients on mainland Scotland. This means we have a good range of diagnostic and surgical equipment, an experienced team and there is an opportunity to add to your skill set. Small animal work has rapidly increased over recent years and this area is continually expanding. We employ 5 RVNs, a VCA trainee and an ANA. As well as their day to day duties, our nurses run clinics daily and help out with home visits, equine visits and occasionally blood testing on farms where required.

Remuneration package, holidays and CPD
We offer a generous remuneration package which is dependent on qualifications / experience. A car and accommodation can be provided by the practice. CPD is encouraged and funded, the majority via XLVets of which we are members, and we like to invite trainers to come up to the practice to run group CPD for vets. We also fund RCVS, VDS and BVA membership. Medical and dental insurance is provided and local ‘Active life’ gym membership is also on offer. Holiday entitlement is 26 days per annum plus two days at Christmas and two days at New Year although there will be a share of on call over this period.

Applications are invited to:

Lynn Wilson, Northvet Veterinary Group, 33 Junction Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1AG or email lynn@northvet.co.uk

Please complete and forward the enclosed Application Form and attach an up to date Curriculum Vitae

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