Careers at Girling & Bowditch

No Current Vacancies

We don’t currently have any vacancies available.

However, if you are a qualified veterinary surgeon, you may wish to review our vet job description below and check back in the future to see if any positions have become available.

Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon (Part-Time or Full-Time)

£38-£50k per annum pro rata plus CPD/VDS/RCVS etc

“One of the friendliest, most supportive practices you could ever wish to work in.”


We are looking for an experienced small animal vet who takes pride in giving truly exceptional service to clients and their pets and who is:

  • Keen to have the right work/life balance and work in a beautiful location
  • Naturally warm and empathetic
  • Self motivated and dedicated but with a sense of fun too
  • Wants to play a key role in the development of our small animal work
  • A strong team member who is willing to muck in and do their bit

If so, and you believe you have the personality, skills and experience to be part of our happy and friendly team, then we would love to hear from you.

About the role:

  • Full-time or part-time (between 24 hours and 40 hours per week)
  • Generous salary (based on experience
  • 5 weeks annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • 5 days fully funded CPD
  • OOH 1:4 weekend rota
  • Split shifts for better work life balance

About us:

We are an incredibly friendly and very supportive practice with a particularly kind, friendly and loyal client base. Girling and Bowditch is an independent, Graduate Friendly, Tier 2 RCVS Accredited, 5vet, three site, Mixed Practice based in modern, purpose built premises with on-site physiotherapy/hydrotherapy facilities. We have all the clinical and diagnostic equipment you could need (apart from CT and MRI)You would be fully supported and coached in the use of this equipment if unfamiliar to you.

Our main surgery is based in Beaminster, a beautiful town located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just 15 minutes from the Jurassic coastline. Poole is 40 minutes to the East and Exeter is 50 minutes to the West. Crewkerne is 10 minutes away with a mainline train service to London (Waterloo).

How to apply?

Please send your CV with a covering letter to

If you’d like a chat about the role, please contact Terry on 01308 862312

“I cannot recommend G&B highly enough. I have been a locum here for about 3 months and really enjoyed it to the point where, if I lived 20 miles closer, I would seriously consider a full time position (and this is coming from someone who really wants to leave the profession). Whilst it is a Cliché, it really is a great team to work with and there is plenty of banter and fun. The RVNs and SVNs are properly switched on meaning the place runs like clockwork. The clinic has really good kit, including laparoscopic surgery facilities, a video endoscope, digital dental radiography. The ethic here is to do a proper job, not to chase targets, so you get to practice veterinary medicine the way it is meant to be done.  There are quite a few Vets and there is plenty of scope for case discussion (we do M&M rounds once a week) and you can always approach the others for inspiration and a second opinion. Like I say, I cannot recommend it highly enough.” Harry

What our team say:

We’re such a close knit team and everyone gets along so well. It’s not like this in every job I’ve had and I’m lucky to have found Girling & Bowditch.”

Kirsty Padden-Barr, Nurse

Here’s some of the team!

At the Christmas party!

Enjoying the Summer sun!

About us

Our Team The friendliest, happiest team you could ever wish to work with.

Terry Girling, the practice owner, has extensive experience and a great sense of humour.  As well as Terry, we have 4.5 exceptionally talented vets and the support of 3.5 qualified veterinary nurses and 2 trainee veterinary nurses We have 2 hydrotherapists and an ACPAT physiotherapist. Our Practice Manager and receptionists keeps everything running smoothly.

Our Facilities – Our premises were purpose built for us in 2002. Not only is the main surgery a great environment for our clients and for us, located right next to it is our purpose built rehabilitation centre with a hydrotherapy pool and underwater treadmill. We also have two branch surgeries for routine appointments located in Maiden Newton and in Crewkerne.

Our Equipment – We have pretty much everything. (Full Idexx In house Laboratory including sedivue/clotting and endocrinology; Ultrasound and Phased array probe for Echo cardiography; Digital Xray; Digital Dental Xray; Video Endoscopy, Gastroscope and Rigid 2.7 mm Endoscope; Bronchoscope; Otoscope; Lap spay; ECG and laser. We are fully equipped to carry out orthopaedics (with IMEX Ex Fix, TTA, ASIF and A/O system).

Our Clients – They are friendly, kind and very loyal. We see them as part of our family and genuinely treat their pets as we would our own.

Our LocationBeaminster is a beautiful town located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just 15 minutes from the Jurassic coastline which is perfect for Practice BBQ’s and lunchtime trips out in the Practice boat. There is a great selection of shops, restaurants and pubs. The larger towns of Bridport, Dorchester and Yeovil are all within easy reach as is Lyme Regis and West Bay.  Crewkerne is 10 minutes away with a mainline train service to London (Waterloo). The city of Exeter is also 50 minutes away by rail and an hour by car.

As a Vetsure Graduate Friendly Practice we also have a structured Graduate Support Programme that includes the following elements:

  • 3 to 6 months of mentoring support from Terry Girling, our most experienced vet and the business owner
  • Hands-on coaching from our friendly team of vets and vet nurses
  • A structured programme to ensure you feel confident in all procedures after 6 months
  • Additional coaching days in customer service, communication and handling difficult conversations
  • Where needed, support with finding you accommodation so you have somewhere great to live when you arrive.

Out with some of the team on the practice’s boat!

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