New state-of-the-art Veterinary Hospital starts recruitment in Bristol

Mar 1, 2023 | News

Specialist CVS site will employ over 100 veterinary professionals

Recruitment has started to staff an innovative new Veterinary Referral Hospital in Bristol, which will act as a centre of excellence for small animal care in the South West.

Bristol Vet Specialists is opening applications from specialist vets, referral nurses and veterinary surgeons looking to complete a rotating internship. Positions in BVS’ front-of-house client concierge and admin teams are also available to help deliver a best-in-class customer experience for patients, their owners and the vets who refer them to the hospital.

The site will employ over 100 highly skilled professionals and will be led by a large team of nationally and internationally-renowned specialist veterinary surgeons, supported by residents, interns and registered veterinary nurses. Together, they will create a centre for veterinary excellence and training in Bristol and the South West.

Bristol Vet Specialists will facilitate the development of new and emerging treatments. The veterinary hospital will offer pioneering treatment to animals who are in need of specialist care. It will operate as a flagship regional hub for CVS Group across the South West, Midlands and Wales.

Based at Central Park in Avonmouth, the site will offer the latest technology and treatments in all disciplines including; general surgery, orthopaedics, neurology and neurosurgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology, cardiology, dermatology, oncology and dentistry, as well as dedicated anaesthesia, analgesia, diagnostic imaging and intensive care departments.

The centre is currently being custom-built with uniquely designed facilities. This includes the installation of cutting edge diagnostic tools, such as MRI and CT scanners, alongside a state-of-the-art linear accelerator which offers advanced, image-guided radiation treatments – for example intensity-modulated or stereotactic radiation therapy.1 [i]

Delphine Holopherne-Doran, Clinical Director at Bristol Vet Specialists, said:

“We are excited to open up positions for veterinary professionals to come and work with us. We hope to employ some of the most qualified and experienced veterinary professionals in Europe at our innovative new site.

1 [i] The fully digital ‘Infinity’ linear accelerator from Elekta is the only one of its kind for pets in England.

It incorporates; an Agility multi-leaf collimator for highly accurate shaping of the radiation beam for all body treatment sites; a HexaPOD six-degrees-of-freedom couch top[i] which allows the animal to be optimally positioned so radiation doses to critical organs can be significantly reduced and even eliminated; and a Monaco treatment planning system to enable vets to deliver advanced stereotactic ablative radiotherapy.

The linear accelerator will allow CVS specialist vets to offer advanced, image-guided radiation treatments – for example intensity-modulated or stereotactic radiation therapy. The advantage to these treatments is that they will allow a more “hard-hitting” treatment of a tumour, with greater safety for the patient’s healthy tissue. This will draws many more tumours into the realm of treatability.

“With a leading team, we hope that Bristol Vet Specialists will become a centre of excellence in the veterinary world – providing the best animal care to pet owners across the South West and becoming a leader in Europe for the treatment of cancer in small animals.”

Bristol Vet Specialists will open in the Spring of 2023. It is an upgraded specialist referral facility for CVS in Bristol, building on the success of the current site on Wells Road which had reached capacity and had limited scope for expanding specialist services.

CVS Group operates across small animal, farm animal, equine, laboratories and crematoria, with 473 veterinary practices and referral centres in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands. In the last five years, the company has invested nearly £80 million in its sites, facilities and equipment, in addition to industry-leading training and support, to give the best possible care to animals.

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