Full Time – Receptionist / Administration Assistant

We are looking for a full time receptionist to join our friendly team. This role will help to support four equine vets and our current administration team. Based in the Scottish Borders, the job will be primarily office-based administration.

Working as part of a small but busy team, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to act as a first point of support for our clients and vets. You will have strong administrative skills, including excellent IT skills and will be able to communicate with a wide variety of people.  Ideally you will have an equine, veterinary or medical background. A good understanding of the equestrian industry is essential and knowledge of the local area would be helpful.

Please send a CV with covering letter outlining your experience to equitaithr@outlook.com by 1st October 2021.

Additional information:

The office is at Raecleughhead Farm, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3NS.

The workload is varied and will depend upon the successful candidate’s skill set and that of existing team members, however it is envisaged that the successful applicant would act primarily as one of our main receptionists.

Practice based activities are likely to include:

  • General reception-based duties
  • New client registrations
  • Booking calls and diary organisation
  • Filing
  • Processing incoming e-mails
  • Liaising between vets and office
  • Arranging postage of samples to external laboratories

As well as assisting other members of staff in the following, dependent on experience:

  • Drug stock level control and ordering
  • Maintaining controlled drugs records
  • Debt collection
  • Typing dictation of letters and calls
  • Vaccination reminders
  • Banking/accounting
  • Undertaking work in connection with insurance claims
  • Worm egg counting and in other in house laboratory techniques
  • Sterilising equipment e.g. autoclaving
  • Updating Facebook and website

Pay will be commensurate with experience.

We will be accepting CVs until Friday 1st October and will be asking a limited number of candidates for interviews. We look forward to receiving your application!


Veterinary Surgeon 

Job opportunity

Equitait Veterinary Practice are looking for an ambulatory equine vet ideally with 2+ years’ equine experience, excellent clinical standards and great communication skills to join our expanding practice in the Scottish Borders.

We are a warm, friendly, professional practice aiming to provide our clients and patients in the Lothians and Borders with outstanding equine vets.  Our vets are dedicated to working in partnership with clients to give the finest care and treatment to their horses. We specialise in providing the continuity of care that will make clients feel proud to be part of the Equitait family.

Flexible packages and opportunities are available for the right candidate.

We would consider candidates willing to work between 3 days a week up to and including full time. The out of hours rota is currently shared between 4 vets.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • a minimum of 2 years’ full time (or part time equivalent) equine experience;
  • excellent clinical standards and communication skills;
  • proficiency in efficiently managing their own case load;
  • experience in equine dentistry;
  • attended the BEVA pre-purchase workshop and the ARVS casualty management seminar;
  • a desire and the skills to help expand and develop the practice and create a key role for themselves within the team;
  • good IT skills; and
  • clean driving licence.

The out of hours is generally quiet and is currently shared between 4 vets, with back-up being provided where necessary to support vets development and confidence. A lieu day is given for those performing a weekend on call.

CPD: £1000 (inc VAT) or 5 days per year, whichever comes first.

Accommodation: A tax free housing allowance of £500 pcm can be supplied for rented properties.  Accommodation at the practice may also be available.  We would prefer the successful candidate to live in the Scottish Borders with a TD postcode.

We can supply a vehicle for work or arrange a package if the successful candidate already has a vehicle.  Given the area we cover the job involves a great deal of driving and the successful candidate can expect to be doing in excess of 30,000 business mile per annum once fully operational.

The practice’s main base is near Duns, an hour away from Edinburgh, and we have an additional base in St. Boswells, both in the beautiful Scottish Borders. We are nearing the completion of a renovation project that will see us enter new office space and have the clinical facilities to work cases up on site.

We have a varied first opinion equine caseload with the skills, experience and opportunity to work more complicated cases up to a high level when required. Full support and back-up is provided from an easy-going practice owner.

We regularly use digital radiography, ultrasonography, endoscopy including gastroscopy, and motorised dental equipment to assist in our work.

The caseload is a great mixture of pleasure horses through to competition sport horses, including racing and stud work.

Please e-mail equitaithr@outlook.com to apply, enclosing a full CV, covering letter and details of 2 referees. For more details call please Colin on 07733 226164.

We will assess candidates from the 15th October 2021 but we are happy to wait for the right person to come along so if you see this advert beyond that date, please get in touch.