DS McGregor and Partners job vacancy

Due to a colleague relocating, we have an opportunity for a vet to join our team in Thurso. We are ideally looking for an experienced vet but have a team of 17 vets who would also be able to support a recent or new graduate. We would be particularly interested to hear from someone with some farm/mixed practice experience.

We are an independent practice, which has recently transitioned to an employee ownership trust ensuring the practice remains independent in the future.

We are a genuinely mixed practice (50:50 SA:LA) with an opportunity for vets to develop their own interests.


The normal working day is 9am-5.30pm with an hour for lunch where everyone is encouraged to leave the practice to get a break. At 5.30pm any work is passed on to the on call vets so you can expect to finish on time to allow a good work/life balance. Our small animal consults are 15 minutes with time scheduled in the diary for client communication. The on call rota is designed to have a minimum of 2 vets on call, which provides the provision for all vets to be fully supported by colleagues. The shared out-of-hours rota is currently 2:9 with a day off in lieu after a night first on call.

We are currently looking to employ a full-time vet however applications from an experienced vet looking to take on a part-time role will also be considered.

Our practices are well furnished, with the usual equipment;

Farm animal – rectal scanners, hydraulic foot tipping crate, EEJ for bull/tup testing. We also have vets who are trained to carry out PMs at the local SRUC facility.

Equine – Repro/Tendon scanner, portable x-ray, power float for dentals.

Small animal – DR x-ray, ultrasound, dental x-ray with table-side processor, in-house blood machines, mulitparameter monitor, range of ortho equipment including TPLO kit.


Caithness is a vibrant rural area that offers many opportunities for those that want to get involved in the local community. There are numerous sporting clubs, fitness facilities and outdoor activities available in the area alongside a local cinema and excellent cafes/restaurants. For the more relaxed among us there are beautiful beaches to walk the dog on, the chance to see the northern lights and a wide variety of wildlife.

  • Salary dependent on experience with an established pay rise structure in place, including usual subscriptions paid
  • 29 days holiday each year
  • 5 days CPD, budget includes travel and accommodation. We have a GDP advisor that could support a recent/new graduate.
  • Accommodation and vehicle can be provided
  • Be part of the XLVets community of independently owned, progressive veterinary practices that work together to achieve the highest standards of veterinary care

To apply or for an informal discussion please contact: Eilidh MacDonald on 01847892387 or by email to jobs@dsmcg.co.uk by 28th July 2023lease contact: Eilidh MacDonald on 01847892387 or by email to jobs@dsmcg.co.uk by 28th July 2023

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