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Job Title: Wards Patient Care Assistant (Weekends)

Date Created: March 2022

Location: Newmarket / Cambridge

Reports to: Nurse Manager

Develop your career with DWR and be part of something special!

Founded in 2003 by Professor Dick White, and now part of the Linnaeus Group, DWR has grown rapidly to become the largest private veterinary referral hospital in the UK. DWR is a busy, purpose-built specialist referral-only small animal veterinary centre providing 24/7 referral-only services for patients across England, via our dedicated team of world-class clinicians, RVNs and support colleagues.  The hospital is fully equipped with the latest surgical equipment and diagnostic facilities commensurate with a flagship specialist veterinary hospital.

We are dedicated to deliver Excellence, Trust and Care in all we do.  Based in Six Mile Bottom, Suffolk, UK, located only 6 miles from the historic town of Newmarket and 8 miles from the vibrant and historic university city of Cambridge, with excellent connections to London, the Midlands, and the stunning East Anglian coast.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a passionate and enthusiastic animal lover to join our vibrant Ward Patient Care Assistant to join our vibrant Ward Nursing Team working in our busy, purpose-built hospital that is fully equipped with the surgical equipment and diagnostic facilities commensurate with a flagship specialist veterinary hospital.

Your role and responsibilities

As a PCA in Wards you would be involved in all aspects of the care of our canine and feline patients, from their admission through to discharge. This is a varied, hands-on role including everything from basic animal husbandry, through to supporting patients during specialist veterinary procedures.

You will have the opportunity to rotate across several different areas including Surgery, Medicine, ICU, Neurology and Feline, allowing you to develop a broad range of experience and knowledge of working in a veterinary referral centre.


  • Ensure highest level of patient care is provided
  • Demonstrate the DWR values of Excellence, Trust and Care in their daily work by maintaining a professional and committed approach.
  • Work and communicate effectively with clients and associates.
  • Working under the direction of Veterinary Surgeons and Registered Veterinary Nurses you will be involved in aspects of housekeeping and husbandry duties.
  • Follow Standard Operating Procedures at all times to include but not limited to; clinical tasks, patient restraint, waste disposal and infection control policies.

Nursing Assistant experience is not necessary, as full training will be provided.

Due to our location it is advisable that you have access to your own transport and live within a reasonable distance from the practice.


As you would expect from the UK’s largest private veterinary referral hospital, we offer an inspiring and friendly working environment together with career development opportunities and an excellent package and benefits that include:

  • Organised in-house CPD
  • Pension
  • Generous leave allowance including birthday leave day
  • Access to Private Medical cover
  • Personal Health Insurance
  • Life Assurance
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

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.

We would love to hear from you, please contact if have any questions about the role or to apply, please complete the application form below.