We’re a happy Independent Veterinary Practice in beautiful North Devon. We value our independence because we’re working for us, our clients and their animals and not financial targets imposed on us by corporate investors.
We are 12 vets who do all sorts: we’ve a got a dynamic and growing SA team, we look after farmers (but no TB testing!) from 1000+ cow dairy herds to the guy with a couple of chickens and a pet sheep, we look after the local zoo and Lundy Island.....we try to do what we’re interested in which is fun! We do our own on call and weekends, which we share out and no one’s expected to work outside their comfort zone. At the moment we operate on a 1 in 5-6.
We’re really into CPD for all our staff and we’ve got a couple of certificate holders and other guys are working towards them or other post graduate qualifications.
We want to carry on growing and at the moment we’re looking for SA and mixed vets. There are only three criteria -that your passionate about giving our customers the best possible service & care, that you want to be as good as you can be, and that you can work as part of a team. Some of the staff have talked below about what it’s like to work at Market Vets and this hopefully reflects how important the development of the individual is to us. We believe this can be achieved through flexible employment packages that fit in with the other important commitments in your life such as family.
Very few vets get paid what they’re worth but we’ll pay you what we can afford and you’ll share in our continued success. We’re totally flexible about hours and accommodation, car and all that stuff.
If you think we can reach a mutually beneficial agreement, please get in touch, anyway you like.
We look forward to meeting you!
What Our People Say.......
"I feel working here the last 2 and a half years has helped me gain confidence in my work. Mainly through having great vet colleagues who are always willing to offer a helping hand and through an excellent supportive nursing team. I've always had support to develop my skills and will be undertaking a certificate in small animal medicine in January. The practice actively encourages CPD and we have really nice toys which are regularly updated and expanded upon. Our clients are generally lovely, especially my Lynton clients who I visit each Tuesday. And of course once out of work there's the spectacular countryside and beaches."
I started at Market Vets back in 2008 as a mixed vet working in all areas of the practice and I really enjoyed being part of the team and moving between the different areas of the practice. Over time my interest in the farm side of the practice grew and after a couple of years I decided that this was where my heart really lay so I made the decision give up the small animal work. The practice was really supportive in my decision allowing me to follow my interests and support some really great CPD to help develop my skills.
I now run the dairy side of the practice looking after a range of herds from small family farms to large intensive dairies, working with a great group of farmers. We run health schemes for our clients on a routine fertility service, interherd bureau and interherd+ reporting and regular client meetings. I am also hoping to start running lameness/mobility and heifer rearing clinics soon.
I currently work part time as I have 4 year old twins so work is a constant juggling act but the practice has been really supportive of this and has also allowed me to further develop my interest in dairy herd management. In addition to working for the practice I now also manage a large 1000 cow dairy on a consultancy basis overseeing all of the veterinary, health and fertility work on the farm. The freelance work gives me flexibility as I can fit this work around the children as well as developing a new approach to farm veterinary work which is really rewarding
"I started working at Market Vets in 2011 as a Veterinary Care Assistant, I then continued with my nurse training and achieved my full RVN status in 2014. The training was hard but the support from my clinical coaches, nurses and veterinary colleagues helped me immensely along the way and inspired me to continue on with my studies.
With the help from the practice I have now achieved a certificate in Feline Friendly Nursing and I am currently undertaking a course in puppy training that will allow us to establish an in house puppy training classes. The practice is very keen for us staff members to further our knowledge and we have plenty of opportunity to use our new knowledge to increase services to our clients."
My Name is Carly, I graduated from Edinburgh R(D)SVS in 2007. I grew up in beautiful NorthDevon and returned to work here at Market Vets in 2008. I have two young children and work part time at the moment.
I work primarily on the small animal team and also do the work for Exmoor Zoo which certainly adds to the fun and diversity of working in a mixed practice; whether anaesthetising a Puma or emptying a dog's anal glands, life is certainly never dull.
One of the things that I enjoy the most about working at Market Vets is the forward thinking nature of the practice, always looking to provide the best service possible for both animals and Clients, but in a down to earth and approachable manner.
Nine years ago I left the hussle and bussle of London and moved to Devon where I found myself working in the reception team at Market Vets. I am still very proud to workfor this loyal and friendly customer driven company where we deliver excellent veterinary care and a high standard of customer service. All this and I'm living in a beautiful part of the country to boot... Who could ask for more?
I have worked at Market Vet’s for the last six years. In this time as a qualified nurse I have moved from a part-time position to a full time Head Nurse at the South Molton practice. I have always found senior management to be supportive both emotionally and financially. My time here has enabled the nursing team to expand and progress with their chosen interests whilst having full support with CPD funding from the practice. I have lived here in North Devon for most of my life and feel Market Vets has a good professional/personal life balance leaving more than enough time to enjoy the sun ( well sometimes) , sea and sand !"
I've been working for Market Vets for a few years now, in a part-time role. I have school-age children so was happy to be offered a weekend day as one of my work days, when childcare is free for me in the form of my husband! Alan was also very helpful in suggesting I work an evening surgery on my other long day, but start later so I could drop the kids at school first. The practice does try and be accommodating of family life in this way.
I've generally found the practice to be very supportive of my personal development- there is no limit to CPD funding so long as it can be justified. I started volunteering with BSAVA in my spare-time and have been allowed to take some days off to attend Council meetings without having to use up holiday allowance, which has enabled me to do this.
The working environment is very good- the practice is well equipped and the nursing team are very competent and great to work with. I number colleagues amongst my friends. I am given clinical freedom in my work and new ideas are encouraged. I feel confident we are giving a good service and good value for money to our patients and clients, most of whom appreciate us!
No practice is perfect but I would take the job again, even with hindsight! I would recommend the practice to colleagues.
I started working at Market Vets in 2012 as a veterinary care assistant and was encouraged to continue on and start my veterinary nursing training. I received a lot of support from everyone at the practice whilst studying, particularly from the other nurses and the vets. The management were very good during this period as college days were included in my working week so the training did not impact on finances which is always a plus!
I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2016 and since then my professional development has been greatly encouraged. CPD is fully funded and I am now studying towards the Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia.
I like that nursing team work very well together and that the vets are open to new ideas and suggestions that the nurses may have. The work/life balance is also very good!