This role is designed to be appropriate for candidates with a wide range of experience and post-graduate qualifications up to and including RCVS Advanced Veterinary Practitioner status. Applicants with all levels of Clinical ophthalmology experience are encouraged to contact us for an informal discussion as to whether this role is right for you.
For the avoidance of doubt this post does not represent a formal “residency” leading to a specific qualification and should not be confused with a residency position. The aim is to provide the opportunity for a colleague with an existing well developed interest in Ophthalmology to work alongside a team of experienced clinical ophthalmologists to develop their own skills in this discipline. During an expected 12-36 months period the aim is to support the successful candidate’s development as a competent clinical ophthalmologist. If relevant it is hoped that a suitable post graduate qualification can be identified at an early stage which the team can support the successful candidate in pursuing.
The Eye Clinic is a busy private practice with a large and varied caseload staffed by experienced clinical ophthalmologists who have been involved in both undergraduate and post graduate teaching. The eye clinic aims to offer a supportive learning environment which gives the opportunity for the rapid development of skills and experience for the right candidate. A disciplined approach to self study and a willingness to work hard to develop the clinical, diagnostic and surgical skills required to practice Veterinary Ophthalmology at a high level will be essential to get the most out of this opportunity. The busy private case load does not lend itself to the more structured teaching one would expect in a formal residency position. For this reason, while this is a training position, the successful candidate will be expected to be able to contribute effectively to the day to day management of inpatients and outpatients at an early stage.
While appropriate support and training will be given where needed they will be also expected to be able to manage their own caseload at an early stage. It is expected that routine* ophthalmic surgeries and diagnostic procedures will be competently and confidently within the candidates ability at an early stage.
*Examples of procedures the candidate would be expected to have early competence in include:
- Slit lamp examination
- Direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy
- Eye lid tacking
- Simple lid margin resection and closure
- Ocular ultrasound
A non-exhaustive list of conditions the candidate would be expected to have early competence in medical management (including when to recommend appropriate surgical intervention) follows:
- Postoperative management of intra-ocular surgery
- Postoperative management of corneal surgeries
- Postoperative management of lid surgeries
- Spontaneous Chronic Corneal Epithelial Defects
- Kerato-conjunctivitis siccca.
- Deep ulcerative keratitis
- Corneal sequestrum
- Prolapse of the nictitans gland
- Retrobulbar space occupying lesions
- Sudden onset blindness
It is expected that the candidate will be able to confidently and competently medically manage emergency presentation of both existing and new ophthalmic patients out of hours at an early stage
Salary dependent on experience – please contact us to discuss.
Employers contribution to pension of 3% of salary
248 hours annual leave
Enhanced CPD allowance/program which, where possible and appropriate, will be linked to a post-graduate qualification e.g. the BSAVA certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology.
- Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Empathy for our clients, their pets, the veterinary surgeons who entrust their patients to our care and your colleagues are of primary importance in this role.
- Excellent general small animal medical and surgical skills
- Confident and competent small animal anaesthesia skills (exotic and equine anesthesia experience not required).
- Evidence of previous CPD in ophthalmology.
- Evidence of having seen practice with an ophthalmologist/s.
- A high standard of written and spoken English is required. For non native english speaking candidates a qualification in English is required (e.g. IELTS (academic, minimum level of 7 (with no elements less than 6.5) or TOEFL (internet based test, minimum score of 93 - no elements less than 23)).
- Competent use of ophthalmic diagnostic equipment
- Previous ophthalmic surgical experience.
- Evidence of managing your own ophthalmic caseload in practice. (A list of diagnostic procedures you are comfortable with and examples of cases you have managed would be of great help).
- Post graduate qualifications in surgery, anesthesia, medicine or ophthalmology.
- Previous internship, especially if an element of ophthalmology.
- Evidence of clinical research especially of in the Veterinary ophthalmology field
- Publication especially if in the Veterinary ophthalmology field
- Evidence of study towards post graduate qualifications in surgery, anesthesia, medicine or ophthalmology.
- Study towards, or possession of, a higher degree (MSc or PhD)
The normal working hours of the clinic are 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday however the nature of the work done at the eye clinic does include a significant amount of emergency ophthalmic work. Thus a commitment to out of hours working is expected to support both existing and new patients of the eye clinic . The requirements may vary depending on the needs of the eye clinic the usual requirement is for duty ophthalmologist to cover 5 week day nights and 2 weekend day and nights in a 3-4 week cycle. Support appropriate to the experience of the successful candidate will be provided however a high degree of self reliance is expected.
Please note there is no requirement to stay on site during the on-call period although you must remain within reasonable travelling distance of the clinic (2 hours travelling time) during the on call period.
The nature of the post does not always lend itself to rigid working hours however the average expected working hours are expected to be 40 hours per week worked over 5 days.
The hours and days worked may alter through the course of the training period to reflect the areas of study and the requirements of the team.
While the trainee will have a rota the expectation is that if there is activity in the eye clinic and the trainee is able to attend that they take every opportunity to attend the clinic to see cases regardless of their rota commitments to maximise the benefit of the training period.
The ophthalmologists attend regular clinics away from the Eye Clinic and where appropriate the successful candidate would be expected to work off site when required.
CPD allowance of a minimum of 7 days per annum:
During the course of the post the candidate would be expected to attend if possible:
- Both meetings of the British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmology (3 days)
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists microsurgery course or similar (3 days).
The core skills BEVA equine ophthalmology course (1 day)
The advanced BEVA equine ophthalmology course (2days)
The ACVO William Magrane Basic Science Course in Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology (http://www.cvm.ncsu.edu/conted/ophtho.html) if not already attended.
Additional CPD days as required for the post graduate qualification agreed at the start of the post.
The trainee is expected to perform at least one study (e.g. a prospective or retrospective clinical study) each year of the training period and to present the results at an ophthalmology meeting.
The trainee is expected to lead and organize regular journal club meetings with the eye team.
Please contact Tim (07782219868), David (07814147225) or James (07814147155) for an informal discussion about what we can offer you or send a covering letter explaining what you can bring to the eye clinic and your CV to our referrals manager at MeganHayman@rowevetgroup.com.