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Dundee is a small city in the East of Scotland, situated on hills on the North of the River Tay estuary. The industrial past of whaling and jute spinning has given way to hi-tech industries and research through its 2 Universities and Teaching Hospital. The game, Lemmings started here as well as Grand Theft Auto. Journalism is also a big employer, producing the Dandy and Beano, many female magazines, the Broons and Oor Wullie and the local daily Courier (as well as the Sunday Post). More specialised textile production is still present, having developed from the jute manufacturing of the past. The centre of Dundee is undergoing a major 30 year change and the new V&A museum has opened (the only one outside London).

The many beautiful beaches contrast with the hills and glens of the hinterland, beyond the rich agricultural land which grows all crops, with a special emphasis on seed and malting barley, potatoes, soft fruits (strawberries and raspberries) and vegetables (peas, carrots, sprouts, leeks, broccoli and turnip). There are a few animals interspersed in this very fertile area of Scotland and more stock can be found in the farms of Fife, just over the Tay bridge. Horses are interspersed, with many in liver yards.

Have a look around for yourself at angusanddundee.co.uk

Dundee has the lowest rainfall of all the Scottish cities. A golfer's paradise, the area hosts many championship courses within half-hour travelling and there are parks throughout the city. The 2018 Open was hosted again at Carnoustie (15 minutes from Dundee centre). Gleneagles and St Andrews are 30-40 minutes away. There are 2  professional football teams based in the city. Gyms for those who do not want to cycle or walk are dotted over the city. Good pubs and restaurants too - but we could do with a few more, but getting better with many small themed restaurants popping up all the time. More hotels have also appeared, including Malmaison, Hotel Indigo and Sleeperz. Roads are quiet, rush hours last 20 minutes and Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh are 1- 1.5 hours away by car, with good rail links too. Skiing, when snow permits, is 1 hour away (Glenshee) and hillwalking and beach walking is on our doorstep!

See dundee.com for a feel of what's happening.

Parkside has grown from 2 Vets in 1980 to 24 vets now (4 part-time) and we work from three small-animal centres, with our Parkside Equine treatment centre based at our large Dundee surgery, where 5 (6 soon) vets are involved full-time. Dundee surgery was a new build in 2004 while Barnhill was rebuilt in 2014.  A large extension to the Dundee surgery is overdue and will start soon. Six Vets cover Parkside Equine and farms, while the other 18 deal exclusively with the ever-specialising small-animal side. We have a practice manager, many dedicated receptionists and qualified VN's, most of whom have trained in-house and block release (and stayed with us!) and we are a Registered Nurse Training Practice. We employ nursing assistants too. We encourage professional development and training and are Tier 2 Accredited for pets and for equine and farms. CPD is encouraged and financed. Contract cleaners cover most areas in the large Dundee surgery.
 

  Consulting room 2 at Dundee

We have digital X-ray facilities in 2 surgeries as well as dental Xray units We also have a mobile digital unit for horses. We can bring horses in to the Equine Unit at the Dundee surgery.  Recently a mobile CT scanner has started to visit. We can carry out ultrasonic dental scaling at all surgeries and we use Isoflurane in all 10 anaesthetic machines, with Propofol for induction. 3 ultrasound machines cover both large and small animals with multiple heads, high definition, and doppler. New one recently added for the rebuilt (2014) Barnhill surgery and a new one for cattle and horses is battery powered and "worn" by the vet. We can monitor blood pressure, carry out ecg, and use endoscopy, via a Storz video endoscope system with 2 sizes of scope. SA, who is an advanced pactitioner in orthopaedics can now use video arthroscopy for a number of joint problems.  Most of all, we are proud of our well trained staff, who are also great fun to work with and we enjoy a night out for everyone, every few months. Staff members are encouraged to undertake more specialised training, though it is not essential.

Our out-of-hour emergencies for pets are covered by the A&E specialists, VetsNow, who are based at our Dundee surgery, so the small-animal team has no on-call. Another Vet covers farm and equine work on a one-in-six, on-call rota, with the Monday off, following a weekend on-call to compensate.

Veterinary assistants have 5 weeks and 7 days holiday (32 days), including 4 days at Christmas/New-year and bank holidays  In addition, all full-time staff have a half-day off during the week - We aim to work a 40 hour week and all on-call is shared equally. We have a low staff turnover.

Reception at the three surgeries is covered by a mix of full and part-time receptionists and everyone shares the late finishes and Saturday morning cover. Full training is given and we encourage attendance on customer-care training courses. Reception work is very intensive and demanding at times and is a critical point-of-care. Receptionists and nurses have 4 weeks and 9 days holidays (29 days) including bank hols, with 4 days kept for Christmas/New year. The surgeries are open on local holidays. We undertake secret shopper and secret phone calls to give its feedback on how good we really are!

In the office we have our practice manager, our full-time secretary, full-time assistant and full-time accounting/book-keeping person, who work together while having their own areas of responsibilities. All take a part in reception lates and Saturday mornings, so all need to be accomplished in reception roles. The more staff who do these less sociable hours, means that each person has fewer of them to do!

Accomodation for Vets is not provided and is reflected in the salary. Houses and flats are readily availabe for rent in Dundee at varying costs and generally much cheaper than the bigger cities. We can help with contacts. We have stopped providing cars for Veterinary assistants as you are better off buying your own and charging us mileage (tax-free at Governement rates).

Dundee from the Law Hill, looking towards Newport, Fife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dundee Surgery in Kings Cross Road:-

 

 

 

 

 

Barnhill Surgery with the rear view below:-