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Careers at Swayne & Partners

We believe in the importance of giving future veterinary professionals, whether Veterinary Surgeon, Veterinary Nurse or support staff, the opportunity to experience working within the veterinary practice before or during their studies. We operate a vigorous selection procedure for work experience students, interviewing and assessing their suitability before making any commitment.

Information on becoming a Veterinary Surgeon or Nurse can be obtained from


Veterinary Nurse Training

All four of our branches are registered Veterinary Nurse training practices. At Swayne and partners we require our students to work towards and obtain the animal nursing assistant qualification before embarking on the veterinary nurse course. The animal nursing assistant course or ‘ANA’ is a correspondence course with module and final examinations and usually takes up to one year. As well as providing time to build upon skills required in practice this qualification allows the student to build a good foundation of knowledge in preparation for veterinary nurse training. It also provides the student the opportunity to ensure that they have chosen the correct career path.

Gaining a qualification in veterinary nursing can be achieved in a variety of ways. Further information can be gained from or

In practice, veterinary nurse training is quite intensive and takes a minimum of three years. Trainees are required to attend college on a day release basis and it is also necessary to undertake several hours of private study each week in support of both college and employment led tuition. Trainees are continuously assessed at work and will be required to undertake external exams at the end of both first and second years.

A veterinary nurse works as a member of the veterinary team, providing expert nursing care for sick animals, they are skilled in undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, administering medical treatments and also play a significant role in advising owners about maintaining the health of their pets.

If you are interested in joining any of our teams or would like to be considered for any future vacancies please email all enquiries to with a current CV. We will contact you should a suitable position arise.

Veterinary Surgeon position available (Updated July 2021)

Job Description

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated vets to join our expanding emergency team.  Situated in the charming market town of Bury St Edmunds we require  a vet / vets to fill this exciting and challenging role either in a part or full time capacity.  So if you would like the opportunity to work regular night or weekend day shifts or be included in our list of bank staff then contact us to find out more.

You will be working as part of our busy ooh/emergency team providing 24/7 care to our patients, and providing an emergency service to our own 20 vet practice as well as other local practices. You will be supported by an excellent team of veterinary nurses and ward assistants with senior vets on call to assist/advise as required.

Swayne and Partners is a traditional, independent practice providing 24/7 care in our purpose built practice, excellently equipped with digital radiography, video endoscopy, CT scanner, dental radiography, ultrasound, in-house lab etc.

Package includes: Salary (commensurate with experience in emergency field), CPD/Certificates (encouraged and funded), RCVS and VDS (paid by practice).

Receptionist Vacancy Newmarket (Updated July 2021)

We are looking for a receptionist to join our young and dynamic team at our Newmarket branch for a 40-hour working week. Duties include:

  • Booking appointments
  • Answering phones
  • Customer care and satisfaction which is a priority
  • Dealing with accounts and administrative jobs

If you would like further information please contact the Newmarket branch on 01638 662253 or for further details.


Hayley Patrick

Hayley Patrick

Head Nurse - Bury St Edmunds

Since joining in 2007 I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from working at Swaynes and really enjoyed becoming the veterinary nurse I am today. Working at Swaynes allows me to demonstrate my skills on a daily basis and I feel like a vital member of the practice. There is a fantastic team of vets, nurses and receptionists all with a varied interest in different aspects of veterinary medicine and that added to the lovely patients and clients makes it a joy to come to work everyday.
Ruth Horton

Ruth Horton

Receptionist - Bury St Edmunds

I work as a receptionist at the Bury St Edmunds branch covering the late shifts. My job is
varied and interesting, no two days are ever the same! As a receptionist I am usually the first
point of contact for clients, dealing with people arriving for routine appointments as well as
those distressed by an emergency situation We all work as a team and it is a rewarding role
assisting both clients and their pets.
Caroline Turton

Caroline Turton

One of our longest serving nurses

I have worked at Swaynes for about 28 years. I find every day is not the same and it can be very interesting and rewarding. The people who I work with make it feel like a family, just a really big one!