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Abbey House – Oncology Patient Care Assistant

Permanent position, 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday

About us

Abbey House Hospital is based in Morley, 7 miles south of Leeds with great train and bus links into the city, as well as easy access to the beautiful Peak District and the city of York less than 1 hour away.

We are a high standard primary care and referral Tier 3 Hospital & Training Practice (proudly Cat Friendly) with four satellite clinics.  Our facilities are excellent (4 theatres, separate cat/dog/rabbit wards plus ICU, CT, oncology suite, visiting MRI, scopes including laparoscopy, operating microscope, dental suite with x-ray, high spec internal lab with lab tech) and we have an experienced and supportive Nurse Leadership Team.  Our OOH service is run by our own dedicated night team, meaning our caseload is amazing but there is no requirement to work regular OOH.

We are committed to individual career advancement and can support clinical skills development at all levels, as well as progression into Leadership and Clinical Education roles. We have access to a HUGE bank of Linnaeus CPD including the AVA accredited Anaesthesia, RECOVER, ECC and Leadership Development.

We are also a friendly, welcoming team who enjoy bringing fun into the workplace.  Our Associate Council organises regular events & we have made an exciting Engagement Action Plan together.  We are also dedicated to promoting a healthy work life balance and are working on our wellbeing agenda, with two trained Mental Health First Aiders on site.  We are proud to be hold our Investors in the Environment Bronze Award.

Your role and responsibilities

We are expanding our team and we have an Oncology Patient Care Assistant (PCA) position available.

This position is ideal for someone wanting to ultimately progress into a full time student veterinary nurse position and therefore we are looking for someone with suitable qualifications to access the nursing training course.

£9.30p per hour

The PCAs role may involve:

  • Assisting the nurses with the care of the surgical, medical and oncology patients
  • Cleaning and preparation of surgical equipment and cleaning of the surgical areas
  • Assisting the veterinary surgeons with animals in consultations
  • Assisting with preparation of medication for dispensing
  • Reception work
  • Administrative tasks such as managing emails, stock management and diary management

A full driving licence and access to transport would be essential requirements for the role along with great team working and communication skills.

A suitable candidate must be at least 18 year old and able to work in a team, have good communications skills and enjoy working with companion animals

Qualifications required to study veterinary nursing as a career is a minimum of 5 GCSEs A-C or an equivalent qualification including minimum of GCSE or Key Skills level 2 English and Maths


25 days holiday + bank holidays on a pro-rata basis.
Birthday leave
RCVS & VDS fees paid
Employee assistance programme
CPD allowance
Extensive learning and development programmes
Progression opportunities
Staff discount schemes
Discounts with PetPlan
Enhanced parental leave policy
Enhanced sickness policy
Cycle2Work scheme
Eye care vouchers
Recruitment reward scheme
Gym membership discount
Flu vaccine voucher


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’d love to hear from you so please contact [email protected] for more information or an informal chat.