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Job Title: Specialist in Soft Tissue Surgery

Date Created: February 2022

Location: Newmarket / Cambridge

Reports to: Head of Cardiac Surgery

About us

DWR Veterinary Specialists is one of the UK’s leading veterinary specialist centres that provides secondary and tertiary referral-only specialist veterinary care for dogs and cats across the south and east of England. We believe passionately in caring for our colleagues, because we understand that happy, motivated, and engaged people provide higher standards of care to our patients, their owners, our referring colleagues and each other.  We strive every day to be excellent in everything that we do, and we recognise that developing deep levels of trust between each other and with our clients is paramount to our on-going success.

DWR was founded in 2003 by Professor Dick White DipACVS DipECVS FRCVS and has grown rapidly to become one of the largest, truly multi-disciplinary, Specialist veterinary referral centres in Europe, currently employing 48 specialist veterinary clinicians, residents and 18 interns along with our 250-strong support staff, which includes just over 100 registered veterinary nurses.  We are located only 10 miles from the vibrant and historic University city of Cambridge, with excellent road and rail connections to London, the Midlands, and the stunning East Anglian coast. Stansted airport is also only 30 minutes away by car.  We are proud to provide a 24/7 referral-only services for patients across England in anaesthesia and analgesia, cardiology, clinical pathology and histopathology, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, physiotherapy, and soft tissue surgery. The hospital is fully equipped with the surgical, diagnostic and hospitalisation facilities commensurate with a flagship specialist veterinary hospital. We have an onsite reference laboratory with both in-house clinical pathology and diagnostic histopathology, and we also have our own veterinary nurse training academy that currently has 82 students registered. As part of our ongoing drive for excellence, later this year we are due to open a 32,000 ft2 (3000 m2) extension that will double the size of our facilities and create a truly world class hospital.

Your role and responsibilities

We are looking for a Small Animal Senior Soft Tissue Surgeon to join our expanding surgery service. We currently have four board certified soft tissue surgical specialists alongside five surgical residents and are looking to grow our team. We have one of the only Cardiac surgery services in the world which is rapidly expanding, and ideally are searching for someone with a strong interest in heart surgery, with a view to potentially becoming a fellow in cardiac surgery within 6 months, for the right candidate. Our heart surgery service is led by Dr Poppy Bristow and Dr Anne Kurosawa and supported by a strong team of specialists and nurses. We are passionate in further advancing this field to continue to help as many animals and their owners as possible, by improving quality of life and duration of life. We are seeking a candidate who shares our passion for this fascinating and unique field. It is imperative the person we seek is proactive, works well as part of a team and has excellent communication skills.


Aside from the excellent, positive and collaborative working environment that places great value on teamwork, DWR offers a competitive remuneration package including a generous salary, pension provision, private health insurance, income protection and life assurance schemes and family focused leave provision alongside annual study leave and CPD allowances.  As we are also an Educational Partner of the University of Nottingham, the successful candidate will be awarded Honorary Associate Professor status with this institution. Clinical research activity and participation is, therefore, positively encouraged and colleagues currently collaborate with scientific, medical and veterinary institutions across the UK and further afield in many ongoing studies.

Part of an amazing global family

The future of the veterinary world is at the heart of everything we do. We are all individual but two important things bring us together: a commitment to excellence and our passion to make A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.

Linnaeus is owned by Mars, that makes us part of their 70,000 veterinary health Associates who spend their days thinking about the 400 million pets of the world and how to improve their lives. Being part of this amazing global group gives us the benefit of a huge network of experts and specialists, a future we can invest in and the security that allows us to concentrate on what we do best – caring for pets.

Our Associates are fundamental to our success and we are proud to count some of the finest specialists, veterinary surgeons and nurses in the UK among our team.

Being part of the Mars family of businesses provides huge development opportunities across the group for our Associates.


Successful applicants will be Board-Certified in Small Animal Surgery by the American or European College of Veterinary Surgeons and be eligible for RCVS Specialist status. Applications from experienced residency trained candidates, eligible to sit the qualifying specialist examinations for these colleges, will also be welcomed.

For more information, or to apply, please contact Dr Poppy Bristow, Head of Cardiac Surgery, in complete confidence:

T: +44 (0)1638 572012