Field-Based Palliative Veterinarian (Permanent/Locum)

Independent Practices

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom


£52k (annually)

Vet Surgeon


Aug 10

Position: Field-Based Vet - Palliative/End-of-Life Role

Location: Midlands (Birmingham), United Kingdom and opportunity to start from home

Type: Permanent, Full-Time (few days a week + 2 weekend days/month), option to locum as well

Salary: £42,500 - £52,500 per annum (pro rata).

About the Role:

Is it time for a change in your career?

We are seeking an experienced and compassionate Field-Based Vet to join a dedicated Palliative and End-of-Life care team in the Midlands area. This unique role offers an exceptional opportunity to provide essential palliative and end-of-life care services for pets, ensuring their comfort, dignity, and support during their final stages of life. If you possess a strong sense of empathy and exceptional communication skills, we encourage you to apply.

Key Responsibilities:

  • No surgery, no GP work, 100% mobile
  • Deliver comprehensive and compassionate palliative and end-of-life care to pets within their home environment.
  • Provide emotional support and guidance to pet owners, helping them navigate the challenges of this difficult time.
  • Conduct thorough assessments of pets' conditions, maintaining accurate records and communicating findings effectively.
  • Exhibit exceptional communication skills to educate pet owners about the palliative and end-of-life care process, possible outcomes, and available options.
  • Display professionalism and empathy while interacting with clients, fostering strong relationships based on trust and understanding.
  • Work in coordination with our veterinary team to ensure seamless and holistic patient care.
  • Working 2/3 days per week 7am – 8pm, plus 1 weekend per month.
  • Utilize a fully kitted vehicle provided by the company for travel to client appointments, ensuring timely and efficient route planning.
  • Dedicate a significant portion of time to driving due to the nature of the field-based role.
  • There will be an option to start from home and then face-to-face.


  • RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) registration is mandatory.
  • Possess a clean UK driving licence and maintain responsible driving practices.
  • A strong commitment to providing compassionate palliative and end-of-life care to pets and their families.
  • Exceptional empathy, compassion, and the ability to navigate emotionally charged situations with sensitivity.
  • Excellent communication skills to effectively engage with pet owners, colleagues, and other stakeholders.
  • Adaptability to a flexible schedule involving mid-week and weekend shifts.
  • Comfort with a substantial amount of driving as part of the field-based role.
  • Prior experience in palliative and end-of-life care is advantageous but not mandatory.
  • Willingness to undergo comprehensive training in palliative care techniques, with the option for additional training in end-of-life care.


  • Competitive salary within the range of £42,500 - £52,500 per annum (pro rata).
  • RCVS and VDS paid.
  • Paid overtime and commission after hours.
  • Opportunity to make a profound impact on the lives of pets and their families during a crucial time.
  • Provision of a fully equipped company vehicle, stationed at a central office location.
  • Comprehensive training, including the option for specialized training in end-of-life care.  
  • Collaborative and supportive team environment with a focus on professional growth.

If you are a dedicated veterinary professional with a deep empathy for pets and their owners, and if you are seeking a unique and rewarding role in the field of palliative and end-of-life care, we encourage you to apply for this exceptional position. Please submit your CV and a cover letter highlighting your relevant experience and your genuine commitment to enhancing the quality of life for pets in their final stages.

Job ID 34414

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