1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Are you a veterinary surgeon looking for something different? We have an amazing opportunity for vets that want to join us in delivering on our purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.

In this role, you will deliver all the day-to-day medical and surgical veterinary care needs of our pet population at Mars Waltham Pet Science Institute; a global research and development site for Mars Petcare. Our research spans multiple disciplines such as nutrient requirements for pets, the dog and cat microbiome, biomarkers of health and disease, and feeding behavior.

The institute is located 5 miles from Melton Mowbray, and driving distance from Derby, Nottingham, Oakham, Grantham and Leicester. There is parking on site.

What are we looking for?

  • A qualified, enthusiastic Veterinary Surgeon with membership to Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons with 3+ years recent and relevant clinical experience.

  • Confidence and competence in all medical and surgical general practices.

  • Ability to work independently and within a large team.

  • Population medicine background/experience preferred.

  • Research experience is preferred.

  • Training and/or line management experience is preferred.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Delivering day-to-day medical and surgical veterinary care to the cat and dog population (200 of each species) during core hours and ability to respond to infrequent on-call queries/attend site within 45 minutes if required approximately 1 night a week/1 weekend in 4.

  • Implement, execute and add continuous improvement to veterinary healthcare protocols.

  • Undertake responsibility of Named Veterinary Surgeon (following training), as set out in the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons.

  • Provide medical leadership and perspective input on research projects.

  • Provide medical & surgical skill training and support to other Associates.

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Work with over 130,000 diverse and talented Associates, all guided by the Five Principles.

  • Join a purpose driven company, where we’re striving to build the world we want tomorrow, today.

  • Best-in-class learning and development support from day one, including access to our in-house Mars University.

  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including company bonus.

  • Mars is an equal opportunity employer.


Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
“Pawternity” leave
Pregnancy loss leave

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options Mars UK provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure Mars UK is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

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Working at Mars UK

Company employees

4,000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Slough, Waltham, Castle Cary, Birstall, Plymouth

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
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