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Veterinary Ophthalmologist

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
  • Tonometry
  • Direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Enucleation
  • Eye lid tacking
  • Simple lid margin resection and closure
  • Ocular ultrasound
  • Electroretinography

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
  • Keratomalacia
  • Glaucoma
  • Uveitis
  • Corneal sequestrum
  • Prolapse of the nictitans gland
  • Entropion
  • 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

Employment package:

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.

Minimum requirements:

  • 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).

 Advantageous requirements:        

  • 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)

Hours worked:

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.

Referral Registered Veterinary Nurses

Due to expansion of our Referral department, we are recruiting for the following:

Referral Ophthalmology Registered Veterinary Nurse

Referral Twilight Registered Veterinary Nurse (job share / flexible hours considered)

Rowe Referrals is truly unique due to our niche set up, with a small team who all carry the same ethos for exemplary nursing care. Our patients are looked after by our dedicated nurses and nursing assistants who strive to ensure our patients are looked after as if they were our own. Our newly expanded, fully equipped Referrals suite offers the highest standard of surgical and diagnostic facilities.

We are looking for registered and experienced nurses who are driven to provide a high level of nursing care, with the ability to be forward thinking, empathetic and demonstrate exemplary teamwork. We are keen to hear from candidates who have an interest in both Referrals work and Anaesthetics. Referral nursing experience is not necessary as full training will be provided.  

Rowe offers an excellent benefits package and career development opportunities.

If you would like to apply for the Referral Ophthalmology Registered Veterinary Nurse position, please email Jo Parry at joparry@rowevetgroup.com

If you would like to apply for the Referral Registered Veterinary Nurse or the Referral Twilight Registered Veterinary Nurse position, please email Sam Bell at sambell@rowevetgroup.com.

If you have any questions regarding the positions, please call 01454 521000 for an informal chat.

Closing date for applications is 31st March 2019!

Registered Veterinary Nurse - Eye Clinic, Bradley Stoke Hospital


Are you a Registered Veterinary Nurse? Do you like interesting and varied case and are you looking for a new challenge? Then why not join our team at the Rowe Eye Unit at Bradley Stoke, Bristol!

We are recruiting for a friendly, outgoing team player to join our dedicated specialist nursing team in the purpose-built Referral Eye Unit, taking referrals from across the South West.

Full training and support will be given in this interesting and specialist field so please don’t be put off if you have no or little ophthalmology experience.

We are a small, fun loving and cheerful team and there is always chocolate in abundance!

Please email marciawhite@rowevetgroup.com or phone Jo Martin or Jo Parry for more details 01454 521000.

Internships in Veterinary Ophthalmology

We currently do not have any internships available at Rowe Referrals. We usually start our Veterinary Ophthalmology Internship programme in January, please see information below and contact us if you are interested in applying.

Starting early each year at our purpose built ophthalmology clinic in Bristol, these 15-month posts are aimed at providing a good grounding in ophthalmic anaesthesia, examination techniques, case management and basic ophthalmic surgery for a qualified veterinary surgeon. Previous experience with managing your own ophthalmic cases an advantage but flexibility, willingness to learn and to work as part of a team are more important. Applicants must be MRCVS registered and have good spoken and written English.

Feel free to contact us for more details - 01454 521000 or dnh@rowevetgroup.com.

For further details on our internship posts, click the button below.

Ophthalmic Internship

Who are we?

The Rowe Referrals Eye clinic is a purpose-built unit in a multidisciplinary veterinary hospital in North Bristol. Close to the bright lights of Bristol, the gentle Cotswold hills and beautiful South Wales, the eye clinic is a few minutes from the M4-M5 junction and just 30minutes from Bristol Airport.

We have a varied caseload (including equine and exotics) currently shared between five ophthalmologists supported by six ophthalmic nurses and two interns. The eye unit has three dedicated ophthalmology theatres kitted out with the latest equipment (three Oertli phaco machines, endolaser, ERG etc.), plus three dedicated ophthalmic consulting rooms with our own separate kennels, cattery and prep room.

There is plenty of opportunity for professional development. For example, we enjoy great links with Bristol Eye Hospital and have supported teaching at the University of Bristol's Veterinary School for many years. 

How to apply

‚ÄčIf you are interested in any of the posts above please contact Tim Knott or David Nutbrown-Hughes at eyes@rowevetgroup.com or call us on 01454 521000 for an informal chat. If you would like to meet the team and see what we do we would be delighted to welcome you. To apply please send a CV and covering letter to eyes@rowevetgroup.com.

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