The career opportunities are endless.

Why join Linnaeus?

As a veterinary graduate we recognise that picking your first job is a big step. At Linnaeus, we are committed to providing excellence in all aspects of veterinary care and investing in top talent of the future, by offering a path for graduates to transition from classroom to consulting room in a structured and supported way.

As a rapidly growing UK-wide veterinary group investing significantly in the future of our industry, we offer scope to enjoy a rewarding career path through a range of highly respected vet practices with individual brands serving different client bases across the UK.

Through our two-year Graduate Development Programme, we’ll help you fulfil your potential as an exceptional vet.

About the Graduate Development Programme (GDP)

Our immersive Graduate Development Programme (GDP) has been crafted to develop you in all areas of your career, both clinical and non-clinical. We have gone to great lengths to integrate and align our programme with the RCVS PDP Competencies to ensure you experience the best available in our industry.

The programme comprises 8 clinical & 8 non-clinical learning events over a two-year period. In addition to our 16-days of learning, you will be able to reserve a number of days to book your own CPD in line with your interests. You will have an in-practice mentor to ensure you are getting the support you need. They will help you develop to your potential and provide support with completion of your RCVS PDP.

The programme will see you working with a plethora of highly-respected internal and external specialists and senior vets to develop, hone and embed your clinical and behavioural skills. You’ll also develop your team building skills and have exposure in the day-to-day running of a modern practice.

We’ll help you take the transformational journey ‘From Classroom to Consulting Room’ as smoothly as possible.

How you’ll benefit

Linnaeus has already seen a number of graduates progress within the group and we’re always on the look-out for future talent to join us. We are passionate and committed to supporting you to develop yourself and your career. You will have the opportunity to share your ideas and help shape our continued commitment to developing new treatments and technological advancements in the industry. You’ll benefit from:

  • A development programme aligned to RCVS PDP
  • Refine your clinical skills and develop exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Plenty of support from your practice, your wider team and from other vets around the group
  • Peer group support
  • Out-of-hours embargo in first three months (this is not yet confirmed/ agreed) Might need to read more along the lines of at least first month
  • Additional CPD
  • Competitive salary & benefits
  • A wide range of brands and locations to choose where you work

You’ll have plenty of scope to develop your career however you choose with many options ahead of you:

  • 1st opinion vet
  • Senior/ Lead Vet
  • Clinical Director
  • Internship
  • Resident
  • Referral Specialist

Our Journey

Our Graduate Development Programme

Our Practices

Our 75 first opinion practices and 5 referral centres are located throughout England and our ambition is to expand our services across the United Kingdom.

Calder Vets

12 practices across Yorkshire

  • Dewsbury
  • Mirfield
  • Wakefield
  • Sandal
  • Huddersfield
  • Brighouse
  • Horbury
  • Heckmondwike
  • Tingley
  • Penistone
  • Denby Dale
  • Waterloo

Shire Vets

5 practices across North Midlands

  • Stone
  • Eaton Park
  • Eccleshall
  • Gnosall
  • Loggerheads


6 practices across Warwickshire

  • Warwick
  • Southam
  • Kenilworth
  • Wellesbourne
  • Stratford
  • Leamington

Cherrydown Vets

3 practices across Essex

  • Basildon
  • Stanford-Le-Hope
  • Wickford

Village Vet

29 practices across the South East

  • Ealing
  • Finchley
  • Maida Vale
  • St Johns Wood
  • Hampstead
  • Primrose Hill
  • Highgate
  • Garden Suburb
  • Highbury
  • Kensal Green
  • Palmers Green
  • Southgate
  • Winchmore Hill
  • Brookmans Park
  • Potters Bar
  • St Albans (Cayton)
  • Cottenham
  • Longstanton
  • Meldreth
  • Milton
  • Royston
  • Whittlesford
  • Chiswick Petcare
  • Brackenbury Petcare
  • Brook Green Petcare
  • Queens Park Petcare
  • St Helens Petcare
  • Metrovet
  • Well Animal Clinic

Moor Cottage Hospital

Moor Cottage Veterinary Hospital is based in Binfield, Bracknell it has been serving the local community for over 50 years. 

Clarke and Marshall

Clarke and Marshall Veterinary Surgery of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, providing a range of veterinary services for small animals and family pets.

Donnachie & Townley

2 practices based in Rugeley and the surrounding area

  • Rugeley
  • Stafford

Heathcote Veterinary Centre

Heathcote Veterinary Centre is a companion animal practice located in Whitnash, Leamington Spa.

Spinney Lodge Vets

3 practices based in Northampton and the surrounding area

  • Spinney Lodge Hospital
  • Wootton Fields
  • Abbey Centre

Blythwood Vets

4 practices based in outer North West London

  • Hatch End
  • Bushey
  • Northwood
  • Stanmore

Cathcart and Winn

2 practices based in Hampshire and Surrey

  • Farnham
  • Aldershot

Frequently Asked Questions

Not only do you have access to our comprehensive development programme, but you will also have your own mentor who will have been trained specifically to support you. They will spend time with you on a regular basis where you you will discuss how things are going, what challenges you may have faced, challenges you overcame, in fact anything you want to discuss.

The aim is to form a close working relationship to develop you to your best within the practice. Whilst you have your assigned mentor, you will quickly learn that the wider team will support you in any way they can.

Whilst it is early days to be considering the steps beyond completing your PDP, know that as a group we have many opportunities to develop – whether that is to remain in First Opinion practice or to venture into the referral specialist world, we have it all.

Not all our practices offer an out-of-hour (OOH) service. Where they do, we would not recommend you are exposed to OOH duties for at least your first month.

When you do start to open to OOH duties, you will be supported all the way and consulted with – we would not put you or the patients in a position you do not feel comfortable with.

Each practice offers additional CPD each year outside of the graduate development programme and it is down to you to identify what this might be based on your interests and aspirations.

Absolutely – we would encourage you to do so. We can put you in touch not only with former graduates, but also offer the opportunity to visit a practice and speak with their veterinary and nursing team.

Next Steps

Our vision at Linnaeus is to be recognised as the UKs leading veterinary group, committed to excellence in all that we do and delivered through high-quality practices who share a common ethos.

So, if you share our vision and want to join our exciting and innovative practices then get in contact – you will be glad you did. You’re welcome to come and spend time with one of our practices or speak to a former graduate:

Simply register your interest and we’ll be in touch to have a chat:


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