Job Descriptions


Small Animal Vet

We are looking for a small animal vet with at least 6 months experience who is looking to develop their skills including some exotic work if desired. This position will involve a mixture of consulting, operating and participation in the 1:4 OOH rota providing back up to the interns (with full support from a senior vet). The practice is busy and fast paced so an ability to problem solve and good communication skills are essential.

Exotics Vet

We are also looking for a vet who is keen to move into an exotics only position, this could suit someone with previous experience of exotics or a small animal vet who is looking to diversify into exotics. John is able to provide teaching and support to develop skills in this area. The ideal candidate will need at least 2 years experience in practice and be confident with consulting and surgical techniques. The case load will involve a mixture of first opinion and (over time) referral work with plenty of time built into the rota to work up and manage cases. Further study to certificate level will be highly encouraged. This position will also involve a 1:4 OOH rota involving (mainly exotic) back up to our interns. We are happy to discuss flexible day time hours for this role if part time would be preferred.

If these positions are of interest then we would be delighted to meet you, show you around the practice and give you an opportunity to meet the team. Please contact either Kate or Anna at the practice or and email over your CV to

About us

Anton Vets was established by Kate Chitty and her husband John in conjunction with head nurse Laura and head receptionist Maria. John is well regarded internationally for his expertise with exotics and as well as providing a first opinion and exotic referral service has authored and edited multiple text books and is past president of the BSAVA. Kate has recently added laproscopic surgery to her repertoire and believes strongly in putting clients at the heart of what we do and providing the same high level of care to clients and their pets that we would like to receive ourselves.

Since its inauguration Anton Vets has grown considerably and how has a team of 6 vets and 3 interns (new graduate vets). We have also expanded into a new building to provide a state of the art surgical suite and accommodate a CT scanner. We pride ourselves in keeping upto date with advances in technology and equipment (including the use of sevoflurane!) and allowing vets the scope to develop their own interests further with study upto certificate level actively encouraged and funded. Dermatology, orthopaedics and ultrasound are all areas we are developing at the present time.

We are proud to provide our own out of hours service for our clients and to have a vet on-site 24 hours to look after our inpatients. The interns are the backbone of this service and during their rotation through the night shifts will stay on site and answer the emergency phones, with full back up from an exotic and small animal vet at all times.

About the area

Andover, nestled on the river Anton, is a traditional market town at the apex of the beautiful Test Valley. With its attractive high street and narrow walk ways dating back to Saxon times most of the town’s buildings are from the 18th century when it was an important stop over destination for coaches on their way to London, Southampton and Oxford.

Andover has extensive local amenities as well as major supermarkets, a cinema complex, arts and entertainment centre including a soon to open, state of the art swimming pool and leisure complex. There is a wide choice of affordable housing with good schools and family doctor surgeries nearby. The town has a mainline railway with a fast service to London Waterloo. Excellent road access is available with the M3, M4 and A303 all within easy reach.

The gently undulating Test Valley is the home to many picturesque villages and is perfect for nature lovers and dog walkers. Deer can often to be found grazing in the un-spoilt countryside and ancient byways of the Clarendon and Test Ways. The New Forest with its vast swathes of un-spoilt heath and woodland, where ponies, cattle and sheep roam free, is less than 30 miles away. It’s a rambler or cyclist’s dream! The local Anton and Test rivers offer some of the finest fly fishing in the UK, all within easy reach.

Lovers of history can explore the rich history of the area at the Andover Museum and Museum of the Iron Age in the town centre, or the Museum of Army Flying in nearby Middle Wallop. The medieval city of Salisbury, whose cathedral boasts the tallest spire in England, has the world’s oldest working mechanical clock and is the home of the Magna Carta, is only 18 miles away. The ancient prehistoric standing stones of Stonehenge are less than a half hour drive away. The historic cathedral city of Winchester and Portsmouth historic dockyard are also within easy reach.

For the young and adventurous there are plenty of other local activities on offer including Paultons Park (with Peppa Pig World), the New Forest Water Park and TreeRunners zip line and treetop adventure park, all a short distance away. Not to forget the many delights of Finley Down Farm Park and Jungle Jungle soft play centre for younger family members.

In short Andover can offer a great location to live and work, and we would be delighted to offer the opportunity for 2 vets to join our team and have the chance to sample the delights of the Test Valley.