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  • Graduate Development Programme
  • Graduate Development Programme
  • Graduate Development Programme
  • Graduate Development Programme
  • Graduate Development Programme

Be a part of our Linnaeus Graduate Development Programme!

Donnachie & Townley (D&T) Veterinary Centre is a small, but friendly practice in Staffordshire where pet, client and staff care at the heart of everything they do. The team are experienced in new graduate support, with a mix between experience but being young enough to remember the pressures faced by new graduates. The small team makes for a perfect, supportive, informal learning environment as well as access to emotional and wellbeing support.

D&T has all the usual equipment including digital x-ray, dental x-ray, ultrasound, capnography, ECG and laboratory facilities including a microscope with camera and tablet that is ideal for teaching. The team currently offer acupuncture on site and are looking to further develop other services offered in-house including surgery and physiotherapy.

Both sites are silver status in the ISFM Cat Friendly Practice scheme and D&T was awarded Best Small Animal Practice In Staffordshire in 2020 by the SME awards. The team are also working towards two RCVS Awards and their Bronze Accreditation in the iiE sustainability programme.

The enthusiastic and dedicated team at D&T are ready to support a new graduate in their transition from university to clinical practice and welcome them into the D&T family!

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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 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 12-month Graduate Development Programme (GDP) aligned with the RCVS VetGDP
  • Subsequent 12-month Early Careers Programme (ECP)
  • Starting salary from £34,000 with a review at 12 months
  • RCVS Membership fees, professional indemnity insurance and an additional membership of choice (BVA or BSAVA) provided
  • Graduate roles available throughout the UK.


  • Graduate Development Programme (GDP):
    • 12 core educational days including an intensive pre-start training camp
    • Focus on fundamental primary care clinical and professional skills
  • Early Careers Programme (ECP):
    • Up to 5 days flexible CPD of your own choice, plus 6 core educational days on more advanced topics
    • Flexibility to attend CPD of your own choice
  • Graduate specific practical training days
  • Additional CPD opportunities outside of the GDP – conference attendance, external CPD, practice visits
  • Access to an extensive online resource library with 150+ hours of on-demand content
  • Access to exclusive Linnaeus CPD courses free of charge


  • In-practice primary mentor and trained VetGDP Adviser
  • In-practice secondary mentor
  • Peer-to-peer support through GDP networking and social events
  • Dedicated graduate contact point within the Linnaeus Central Support Team
  • Placement at a supportive practice.

Ongoing Development:

  • Permanent contract within Linnaeus Veterinary Limited
  • Support to map out your own career journey
  • Flexibility to move within the Linnaeus family on graduation
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More information or to apply now

To find our more information about our GDP programme In Staffordshire,please click our  link click here 

To apply to be a part of our Graduate Development Programme with us at D & T click here

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Donnachie & Townley Veterinary Centre


The Veterinary Centre
29 Market Street
Rugeley, Staffordshire
WS15 2JH

Tel: 01889 582023


Units E and F, Madford Retail Park
Foregate Street
ST16 2QY

Tel: 01785 213404