Debenham Vets Needs a Diplomate or Experienced Advanced Practitioner

Synopsis: Debenham Vets needs a diplomate or experienced advanced practitioner that can help run our expanding ophthalmology team. We are also looking for advanced practitioners in ophthalmology or other areas interested in expanding their knowledge or joining an existing team. We are a rapidly growing privately owned ophthalmology referral and first opinion practice. We offer individualised care and attention to our employees, clients and patients. We strive to provide an environment that can facilitate personal and professional growth.

Debenham Vets is a rapidly growing privately owned Ophthalmology referral and first opinion practice. We offer individualised care and attention to our employees, clients and patients. We want our employees to be happy in their work and strive to provide and environment that can facilitate personal and professional growth.

We are one of the only remaining independent practices where the boss is a vet who knows the rigours and difficulties of the job, also has a family and knows how difficult it is to get the elusive work life balance. We make decisions based on what we feel makes a harmonious team and not always what the profit and loss sheet dictates. We also strive to put something back into our local community, pre-covid we hosted seminars for the village most notably “Plastic Pollution in the Marine Environment, a Global Review” given by Dr Kathy Townsend and supported by the Galapagos Conservation Trust, we invited David Attenborough…. he didn’t come but he did a send hand written letter thanking us for the invitation. We have also hosted Christmas fares, fund raising events for the Australian Bushfires and The Ipswich Paediatric Hospital Appeal and a Supper Club. I hope this gives you a flavour of our ethos and the work environment we are trying to create.

Within a 6 year period we have grown from a one vet practice to three full time ophthalmologists and five first opinion vets. We have regular visiting referral services in dentistry, dermatology and orthopaedics. We will soon be opening a feline radioactive iodine ward.

Debenham is a delightful rural village in sunny Suffolk the undiscovered county of England! We have excellent schools with the local high school in the highest tier of achievement for the UK. Debenham is a great base to explore and experience the South East of England. We are 20min from Ipswich which in turn is 1hr 14min from London Liverpool Street. We are 45 min from the Suffolk holiday coast of Thorpeness, Aldeburgh and Southwold. We are a one hour drive from Norwich and Cambridge and a one hour 10 min drive to the M25 on the edge of London. Suffolk is one the driest counties in England with the least recorded rain days. We have onsite accommodation available in a separate two bedroom flat for any interested applicant.

Current ophthalmology projects include glaucoma surgery with new techniques in trabeculectomies being explored in conjunction with human surgeons. We are also interested in developing ICA diathermy in conjunction with endolaser and are looking at ways to develop this technique. We are planning on developing a corneal bank through our first opinion patients and feel that corneal transplantation is an area we can expand into on a more regular basis.

Experience with endolaser, indirect mounted diode laser and phacoemulsification would be an advantage but is not essential. A willingness to learn new skills and an enthusiasm for publication is desirable. The practice is well equipped with two theatres, Quantel Absolu Ultrasound System including 15Mhz Probe and 50mHz UBM Probe, 64 slice Seimens CT machine, two Lecia operating microscopes, two Oertli OS3 machines, endolaser, diode laser, cryotherapy, electrocautery, ERG etc. There is a large conference room which seats 70 for use in providing CPD to local practices.

We offer a generous salary, a four day week with a full scheduled day off per week. One of the four days is reserved for study or project development. We would consider part time or job sharing for the right candidates. Accommodation can be arranged if required.

Please feel free to visit us with your PPE and we can show you around the facilities. We would encourage any interested candidate to speak to any member of staff on the way they are looked after.

Closing date: Friday 12th March 2021

Contact Details:

Debenham Veterinary Practice, 1 Cherry Tree Lane, Debenham, Suffolk, IP14 6QT
Ph.: 01728 860025; Pete Wilson 07791734175 or

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We are delighted to present a full day of lectures to guide those who are starting on their path of ophthalmology. Older ophthalmologists may pick up a few tips too!

Topics will include how to get the most from the ophthalmic examination, diagnostics and what options there are for career growth in our specialty. There will be live panel discussions to give attendees the opportunity to ask any burning questions they have.

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