We operate a 24 hour emergency service
Woodbridge: 01394 380083 Felixstowe: 01394 284554 Rendlesham: 01394 420964 Ipswich: 01473 274040
We operate a 24 hour emergency service
Woodbridge: 01394 380083
Felixstowe: 01394 284554
Rendlesham: 01394 420964
Ipswich: 01473 274040


Deputy Head / Senior Veterinary Nurse

We are an independent practice with four branches covering different areas in Suffolk (Woodbridge, Ipswich, Rendlesham and Felixstowe). We are looking for an experienced, innovative, and enthusiastic Registered Veterinary Nurse to form a core part of our growing team as Deputy Head/Senior Vet Nurse as we prepare to move into our brand-new purpose-built practice set for completion in February 2024. The role we are offering is guaranteed to give a varied caseload and opportunity to further develop your skills.

Ryder-Davies & Partners are proud to provide our own OOH service, including the facility to transport patients to our practice in Woodbridge, ensuring continued overnight care with our dedicated OOH team of night vets & night RVNs.

At Felixstowe we have comprehensive in-house diagnostics including blood machines, x-ray, ultrasound, and multiparameter monitoring, alongside endoscopy and laparoscopy kit available across our branches. Nurses engage in all aspects of care including anaesthesia, surgical nursing, diagnostics, inpatient care, and nurse clinics. We encourage our nurses to become clinical coaches to help train the next generation of RVNs.

You will be collaborating with an experienced team of vets with varied interests, many of whom are working towards or are already certificate holders. Our nursing team is highly skilled and has equally varied areas of special interest. Our support team of animal care assistants, receptionists and administrative staff are dedicated to providing the highest standard of care for both patients and clients. Although we have over eighty members of staff working across our four branches, we are a close-knit team. Tea and cake breaks are actively encouraged and provide vital opportunity to catch up with team members.

This is a full-time role worked as a 38-hour week over four days – 8am to 6.30pm plus one in three Saturday mornings – 8am to 1pm. Until our move to our new building, one day per week will be based at our Woodbridge branch. Weekend daytime OOH shifts are worked on a rota basis and currently run at approximately 1:12 full weekends.

The ideal candidate will be friendly, confident, and committed to providing a high level of veterinary care.

The Package

● Competitive salary
● 28 days annual leave including bank holidays (pro-rata)
● Certificates encouraged and funded
● Company Pension scheme
● Company sick pay
● Paid CPD (pro-rata)
● Paid RCVS fees

Job Type: Full-time


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability


  • Veterinary experience: 1 year (preferred)


  • RCVS (required)

Ability to Commute:

  • Felixstowe (required)

Ability to Relocate:

  • Felixstowe: Relocate before starting work (required)

Work Location: In person


Please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to practicemanager@ryder-daviesvets.co.uk