Careers

Why Agnew Equine? 

Our friendly, independent and well-established practice is located on the edge of the beautiful Peak District National Park, and covers areas of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire. We have a broad client base from pet ponies to international competition horses, which gives a varied case load and makes each day different from the next.

Our practice employs 7 equine vets and we have a supportive and amazing office staff of 9 people. Arnie Agnew, the practice founder has a long career as an equine vet and an invaluable wealth of knowledge you can only acquire with experience.  Robin Densem has been a horse vet since 1995 and was awarded a Certificate in Equine Medicine from the Royal College in 2011 and is a particularly experienced mentor.  And Stuart Pearson has a 20-year veterinary career beginning in hospitals in Newmarket and has a Certificate in Equine Orthopaedics from the Royal College. He is also one of only 21 vets in the country who is an Advanced Practitioner in Equine Orthopaedics.   Each of them is kind, patient and trustworthy and have a bedside manner with horse and client that is second to none.  Our practice also has more recent graduates who can give insight about transitioning from life as a new grad/student to life as a practicing ambulatory vet – and are a great crew to be a part of! 

We believe in giving hospital-standard care at stable side, so have all the latest mobile diagnostic equipment and encourage clinical freedom and development. We refer to multiple centres depending on the clinical need of the case.

Interested In Joining Our Team?

We’d love to hear from you! We are always open to considering the right vet when they come along, so even if we aren’t advertising for a specific position, you can still send your CV to us so we can have a look. Please give us a summary of what you’re looking for and what you think you could contribute to our practice and send to office@horsevets.co.uk


Receptionist/Office Administrator

Agnew Equine is a thriving, independently-owned equine (horse) veterinary practice looking for a new member to join our office team of 7 office members and 6 vets on the road. We are looking for someone with significant customer care and office administration experience and excellent communication skills - who is professional, responsible, proactive, approachable and friendly - and would fit in well with our dynamic, varied, fun and upbeat office environment!

In return, we will offer a supportive and enjoyable workplace within our amazing team in a family-run business environment and training in all aspects of the role.

Successful candidates will have:

  • Experience in office administration/management, client/customer services, general office duties
  • An ability to work well under pressure in a busy office, prioritising workload whilst maintaining a warm, friendly & calm environment
  • Excellent people skills and a positive, can-do attitude with a high level of organisation, proactivity and ability to multitask/prioritise and work under time pressures. A sharp attention to detail is vital.
  • Horse knowledge/equestrian experience is a big plus
  • An interest in veterinary-related admin duties where training will be provided
  • Computer proficiency

Key Responsibilities:

  • Answering phones and serving clients in a courteous, caring, efficient and effective way by making, editing and confirming appointments, collecting payments, providing/seeking out answers to client queries, managing emergencies, prescription requests etc.
  • Supporting and communicating with vets – being a focal point of communication and management for the vets out on the road and liaising between them and clients when necessary. Anticipating and addressing vet’s needs consistently throughout the day to ensure smooth running of their appointments.
  • Working within our computer practice management system to manage diary and client data – with an attention to detail and confidentiality.
  • Carrying out a variety of administrative duties to assist in the smooth running of the practice including: Opening incoming post, Taking delivery and unpacking supplier orders, Preparing/posting/arranging collection of medication/prescriptions for clients, General letter typing, spreadsheets, filing, etc.
  • Ordering medication through our bespoke online system
  • Liaising directly with equine hospitals and laboratories when we refer horses or ponies into them
  • During busy periods, using your knowledge & experience to prioritise tasks effectively
  • Potential for specific areas of responsibility i.e. managing client passports / microchip registrations, sarcoid admin procedure, managing vaccination reminders etc.
  • Contributing to credit control when making appointments for clients
  • Rota'd general office cleaning and tidying (eg emptying bins, keeping the kitchen clean etc). Vet equipment cleaning when required

Key details of employment:

  • 20 days annual leave + bank holidays per annum + the day off to celebrate your birthday!
  • Working hours: either a full-time position at 40 hours Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 5:30pm or a 4-day week 9:30am to 5:30pm (and must be flexible for holiday or sickness cover)
  • Hourly rate is £11.50 - £13.00/hour depending on level of experience.
  • Additional holiday allowance available for overtime worked covering holiday/sickness for your colleagues
  • No weekend work
  • Staff discounts/perks!
  • Pension scheme + Employee benefits package
  • Pay: £11.50-£13.00 per hour depending on experience
  • Expected hours: 32 – 40 per week

Please apply by sending your CV and a cover letter to jenny.pearson@horsevets.co.uk 


We are Currently Recruiting an Equine Vet to Join our Ambulatory Team

We are a well-established independent ambulatory equine practice with a friendly 6-vet team and a reputation for professionalism and outstanding care - serving clients across the beautiful counties of Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire (including the stunning Peak District) ranging from children’s ponies to international competition horses and everything in between.

We are looking for a vet with at least 2 years of experience. You will have clinical freedom to work up your cases and the diagnostic kit to achieve this. Our clients encourage (and expect) cases to be worked-up properly creating an invigorating and exciting clinical environment to work in. The position would allow vets to pursue their interests and flourish clinically with back-up from colleagues always available. We have vets with decades of experience (including certificate holders in Orthopaedics and Medicine) to more recent graduates. 

Vet Position Details:

  • Working hours: Standard full time on offer but flexible working patterns considered - don't be shy, let us know what you want!
  • Salary competitive and based on experience of the candidate
  • 20 days annual leave plus bank holidays + your birthday off (Bank Holidays shared on rota, Christmas rota discussed and shared fairly)
  • 1 weeknight on call per week, 1 in 6 weekends on call - with 2 days off in lieu and no weekday on call the following week (4-day weekend!) On average this is an additional 16 weekdays off per year in addition to your 20-day annual leave entitlement.
  • Generous CPD allowance and further support towards additional qualifications + potential for shadow days with Director vets
  • Fantastic cloud-based diary & management system which minimises admin time
  • Practice vehicle, Private healthcare, Pension scheme + Employee benefits package
  • Paid subscriptions (VDS - professional indemnity insurance, BEVA, RCVS)

From our practice based in the countryside of Staffordshire in Biddulph Moor - travelling to our appointments is scenic and offers easy access to the Peak District and all that it offers. Being close to the M6 gives us access to motorway links, meaning cities like Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham are within easy reach for shopping, night life or airports.

We provide out-of-hours services (emergency only) to our clients, but we also prioritise a healthy work/life balance for our team (who love long weekends!) so our on-call duties are generously compensated for.  We are proudly independent and family-run and you'll have the support from our sizeable office team. 

If you have a positive and confident outlook and would like be out on the road working for a practice that will broaden your experience and empower you to see cases through - then this role could be for you!  If you have any questions call Jenny Pearson on 07881507877 and if you would like to join our friendly and supportive team, please apply by sending an email/your CV to jenny.pearson@horsevets.co.uk 


Vet GDP LogoNew Graduates

We are an RCVS Approved Graduate Development Practice and are here to support you in your first role in practice. New graduates work under the supervision and direction of senior vets at Agnew Equine and are given increasing responsibility on cases as they show their progression.  Whilst fully supported by our senior vets who guide and manage exposure to a variety of cases and build confidence, we think one of the benefits of working at an ambulatory practice versus a hospital setting is that there is more opportunity to get stuck in and gain hands-on, practical experience both in veterinary skills and communication proficiency dealing directly with clients.  We offer regular training and observation with our vets with days out in the van together plus both in-house and external CPD throughout the year. 

In addition to an interview, we always ask for potential candidates to come and see practice with us. We think it is important that we meet each other and get to know one another in our work setting so both parties can agree it is a good fit.  If you are or will be a new graduate soon and are interested in any future positions at Agnew Equine please upload your CV and Cover Letter and let us know why you’re interested in working at our practice and we’ll be in contact should any suitable roles become available. 

EMS Students

As part of our commitment to helping mould the vets of the future, our practice regularly has vet students join our team of experienced vets on the road.  This gives an insight for students on what it is really like to be an ambulatory vet, and all the opportunities and challenges that can present.  

Come along and see what it is like to work through a busy diary – perhaps observe and assist a gastroscope in a home stable, a lameness work-up and all the corresponding X-rays or the dentals and vaccinations we offer on our Saver Days. See what it is like to communicate and work with clients from the straightforward cases to the more complicated ones. The life of an ambulatory horse vet is varied and rewarding and the best way to learn about what you’d like for your career is to give it a go!  

If you are a vet student looking for a placement, please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch!

Ambulatory
We always come to you! We have hospital-grade veterinary and diagnostic tools which are entirely mobile, which means you have the convenience of keeping your horse right where they are.
Independent
We are proud to be a local, family-run practice, and if your horse needs specialist treatment, we are free to refer them to the top experts in the country for their specific needs, not where a corporate dictates.
Experience
Over 20 years as a practice we have built an outstanding reputation for trustworthy care, treatment and professionalism - and our team of vets have devoted their careers exclusively to equine medicine.
Emergencies
We offer an out-of-hours service for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year so you always have our support and your peace of mind.

Our Services

Castrations

Castrations

Routine castration of colts can be performed at your home stables, ideally during the spring or autumn.
Dental Care

Dental Care

We provide expert routine dental care and examinations - as the condition of your horse’s mouth plays such an important role in their overall health and welfare.
Emergencies

Emergencies

We know that emergencies can happen any time of the day or night - and we offer the assurance that you always have the veterinary support you need standing by. We offer our own in-house emergency cover, meaning you will always see one of our vets in your time of need.
Equipment and Diagnostics

Equipment and Diagnostics

We are proud to be a fully ambulatory practice and welcome the fact that modern mobile technology allows us to effectively deliver treatment and diagnoses at the convenience of your stable.
Euthanasia and Equine Bereavement

Euthanasia and Equine Bereavement

We are privileged in veterinary medicine to have the ability to end suffering, and have a responsibility to work with you to do so in a way that is painless and minimises stress for all involved.
Gastroscopy

Gastroscopy

Gastroscopy continues to be the only reliable method for the diagnosis of gastric ulcers in horses. At Agnew, we offer this service using our mobile equipment at your home stables to avoid any additional stress caused by transporting your horse or pony.
Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine

We examine horses for a wide range of medical problems including weight loss, diarrhoea, respiratory disease, urinary disorders and skin disease right at your stables.
Laboratory Services

Laboratory Services

We have close links with a number of outstanding veterinary clinical laboratories in Newmarket and around the country - and we are able to choose the most appropriate and experienced lab depending on what we are testing for.
Lameness Investigations

Lameness Investigations

Our vets have a great reputation for their lameness investigations at the convenience of your own stables. Stuart is one of only 21 vets in the country who is an Advanced Practitioner in Equine Orthopaedics.
Pre-Purchase Exams (Vettings)

Pre-Purchase Exams (Vettings)

Vettings are very important and are one of the most consequential things you’ll ask your vet to do – because purchasing a horse is a big decision! On that basis, Robin, Arnie & Stuart carry out the majority of our vettings as we feel experience is key to delivering the best outcome for you and the horse.
Reproductive Services

Reproductive Services

We offer a variety of reproductive services for your mare including artificial insemination, ultrasound scanning and pregnancy diagnosis, twin pregnancy management, foal management and vaccinations to prevent abortion.
Routine Health Care

Routine Health Care

At Agnew Equine, we believe that keeping your horse happy and healthy starts with Routine Preventative Care; vaccinations, regular dentistry, parasite control are fundamental to the well-being of your horse and doing all you can to ensure they live long and healthy lives.
Surgery/Referral

Surgery/Referral

As an independent practice, our vets at Agnew Equine are able to review each case and, where necessary, recommend referral to the most appropriate hospital in the circumstances to help with the specialised care of your horse or pony.
“My best advice is register with Agnew Equine - they are the best!” Louisa Kelly
“Love these vets - wouldn’t go anywhere else! Fantastic.” Paulina Nicholls
“A great team of vets! Calm, caring, experts with a professional manner” Kelly Pope
“Best vets anyone could have. Fantastic in all ways.” Angela Frost
“By far the most attentive and polite practice I’ve come across”
Agnew EquineHot Lane Farm, Hot LaneBiddulph MoorStoke-on-TrentStaffordshireST8 7HP01782 510502find us
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