West Bar Veterinary Hospital
19 West Bar, Banbury, Oxon OX16 9SA
Telephone us (24 hours) on: 01295 262 332

Current Vacancies

From time to time we need new members to join our great team. Training and employment opportunities are shown below:

We are currently looking for:

Small Animal Vet (March 2024)

Are you looking to work in a great independent practice where you can really develop your skills as a vet? Do you want to join a friendly and supportive team? Do you want to make a difference to the lives of your patients and their families? If the answer is yes, read on…

Our mixed practice are looking for another companion animal vet to join our 14-vet team in our modern and truly independent veterinary Hospital in the market town of Banbury in North Oxfordshire.

We are looking for either;

– A new or recently qualified vet keen to develop their skills in a supportive environment with a varied caseload. One of our team is an accredited VetGDP Advisor

– A more experienced colleague looking to work in a well-equipped practice with clinical freedom, working up cases to a high level

– Night/weekend vet, with a flexible package possible to suit the right person

We are offering a base salary of £45-71k, depending on experience, for a full time contract working a 4 day week.

You will receive 6 weeks holiday in addition to most bank holidays.

We provide a generous CPD allowance.

Enhanced OOH pay worth up to £6k per year on top of base salary.

Enhanced maternity/paternity pay.

Supported by a fantastic team of qualified vet nurses and experienced animal nursing assistants.

We would like you to be part of our 1 in 5 OOH weekend rota (Saturday and Sunday) and be on call 1 weekday night. Full support is available from at least one other Vet for OOH/weekend work. Flexible/shared arrangements are also possible. Shared Bank Holiday rota.

We will consider a part-time contract for the right candidate.

Mentoring is provided by the partners and senior vets and new vets are assigned their own mentor at the start of their employment.

Come and join a fun and friendly team and help us plan our next team adventure for 2024!

Further information;

At West Bar Veterinary Hospital you will be supported by our experienced team working on-site at our modern Veterinary Hospital. We will help you develop your skills in consulting, diagnostic techniques and surgery. We have 20 minute consultations giving you time to engage fully with each client. Our experienced team are keen to pass on their knowledge in medicine, diagnostics, soft tissue surgery, orthopaedics and ‘keyhole’ surgery.

We have modern facilities and equipment, including;

1) Purpose built in-house lab managed and run by our 2 qualified biomedical scientists. Rapid same-day turnaround on most blood tests allows us to give the most appropriate treatment to our patients as quickly as possible. Cytology and microbiology is also performed in-house.

2) Extensive in-house surgical facilities including 4 operating theatres and a dental suite with dental X-ray machine.

3) Latest digital x-ray machine

4) Endoscopic and laparoscopic equipment

5) Modern ultrasound equipment

6) Air conditioning

Our main hospital is situated in the professional heart of Banbury, North Oxfordshire. Banbury is well provided for with the usual amenities eg supermarkets (including Waitrose), health clubs etc. Within a few minutes drive from the town centre, you find yourself in the rolling countryside of North Oxfordshire dotted with villages. The M40 (Junction 11) is a few minutes drive from central Banbury. Banbury railway station has fast access to London Marylebone (55 mins) and Birmingham New Street (50 mins).

The practice has plenty of free parking including a controlled access staff only car park. We have four branch surgeries in surrounding villages, the furthest being a 25 minute drive away. These branches are only open for several hours a day and new vets will not be asked to go to these branches until they are comfortable with sole-charge.

Our hospital premises are bright and airy with lots of space for our team including comfortable rest rooms, kitchens, showers, meeting rooms etc. Our computer system has been specifically tailored for us and can be further developed in the future. iPads are available to aid remote consulting. The PetsApp application is used throughout the practice to facilitate and enhance communication with clients. It also provides a secure platform for remote video consultations where appropriate.

We have an experienced team of vets and vet nurses, as well as an experienced practice manager and head nurse. Currently we have 6 full-time small animal vets, 5 part-time, 3 mixed vets, and 1 large animal vet. We have 2 certificate holders and a lot of the vets have developed their own areas of expertise. We encourage vets to develop their skills in all areas, but we often find people find their own niche and become our in-house experts for certain disciplines. We have regular meetings to share knowledge from recent CPD events and discuss practice matters. We are forward thinking, evidence-based, and encourage people to bring their own ideas.

As truly independent vets we strongly believe that our out of hours care is something we should provide for our patients. We aim to share the load of this fairly and make sure that the many colleagues that support us in this are appropriately rewarded.


Most importantly the candidate must be a team player with good communication skills and be able to fit in with our excellent team. The candidate must be a fluent English speaker, have a right to work in the UK and hold a valid UK driving licence. We may consider sponsoring the right candidate. A ‘pooled’ practice vehicle is available (subject to conditions). The candidate must be a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.


Working for a truly independent practice in which you are encouraged to follow your own cases and develop your own relationships with your clients. Many of our team have joined the practice and enjoyed working here so much they are still with us several decades later.

A base salary from £45-71k dependent on experience. Enhanced OOH pay arrangements (worth 6k per year) on top of base salary

Generous CPD allowance with encouragement to undertake Accredited Post Graduate Training e.g. Certificates.

Generous Holiday Allowance

Enhanced Maternity/Paternity Pay arrangements leading to full pay for up to 6 months.


Structured introduction to working in Practice

VetGDP mentor allocation

Personal career development plan

Encouragement to undertake post graduate education


We have a selection of self-contained flats which are available if required. We have a comfortable and well-equipped on-site room if people prefer to sleep at the practice when on call.


Our large car park is flood lit and is covered by CCTV. The staff car park is secured by an automatic barrier system.


If you are interested, please email your CV and covering letter to our Practice Manager on julie@westbarvets.uk

Cattery Assistant (April 2024)

Eden Barn Cattery are looking for a Part-Time assistant to join our cattery team. The position will be based at North Banbury Veterinary Centre, Southam Road, Banbury OX16 1ST.

Job role to include, but not limited to:

  • Cleaning cages ensuring boarders are comfortable and have appropriate food and water
  • General cleaning and re-stocking
  • Admitting and discharging of boarders

The successful candidate must have the ability to adhere to strict procedures and protocols which are essential to ensure the welfare of the animals in our care. They must be hardworking, adaptable, and a team player with a strong sense of attention to detail and a love of animals is a must!

Shifts on a rota basis between the hours of 8am & 6.30pm and to include weekends and Bank Holidays.

Previous experience ideal but full training will be given to the right candidate.

If you are interested, please email your CV and covering letter to our Practice Manager on julie@westbarvets.uk

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