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23rd March 2020 – Update

In this time of uncertainty and difficultly, I want to help and be useful. If you need my services for any job in your practice, then PLEASE contact me. This could be doing emergency work when your staff are sick or in isolation, house calls (my car has category 1 business use and I have full PPE), telemedicine, etc. I am an experienced small animal vet who is used to going with whatever life throws in the way! I also worked in mainly farm work for 6 years so while I may be rusty and weaker than I was, I will also do emergency farm work (I used to be famous for my lambings and caesarians).

  • Part or full days – £35/hour or £300 for 9 hour day.
  • Location – Tring, Hertfordshire (HP23 6HN) – will travel up to 1 hour. Will travel further if accommodation can be found and Government lock-down permitting.
  • Cancellation reduced to 24 hours notice.
  • Currently, if you phone me I will be available to come at short notice (work in Tescos permitting!).
  • I have been working as a locum for a time so have the usual VDS cover etc.
  • I have my own PPE!


My name is Sarah Keir and I am available as a companion animal locum to fill temporary veterinary requirements in your practice. Please contact me for more information, my CV and skills matrix, references and to book me by sending an email to . I look forward to working with you!

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Who am I?

I am an experienced small animal General Practitioner (17 years, BVMS PGCertSAM MRCVS) with additional expertise in medicine (Advanced Practitioner in SAM). I can cope with most things in companion animal GP work (consulting, investigations, dentistry and surgery) and I can bring additional value to my services. I am flexible with bookings I can offer; either as blocks for practices near and far, or occasional or regular days for local practices. Reduce your costs and book directly with me!

What I offer – Experience and Skills

  • Experienced General Practitioner (17 years plus graduated), in all areas of small animal GP practice (excepting orthopaedics, endoscopy and laproscopy).
  • Additional expertise in medicine (I am a certificate holder and an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine) and extensive experience in ultrasonography.
  • Bring additional skills to your team such as mentoring and support.
  • Excellent communicator and people skills with clients and teams, native English speaker. I love working with difficult clients!
  • Good comprehensive clinical notes and appropriate charging for work.
  • Flexible to work reasonable OOH/weekends – we can discuss distance to travel.
  • Happy with sole charge situations and willing to do some sole charge work.
  • Available for additional consultancy by prior arrangement – see my CV or LinkedIn profile for my skill set and areas I can help in.


Here are some of the references I have received while locuming:

” We had Sarah here for 1 week and found her to be reliable, calm, professional and highly competent. I would happily employ her again in the future. ” J.Hosking, Companion Care Hemel Hempstead


  • I can only work in companion/small animal practices – no horse or farm work, sorry!
  • I am based in Tring, Hertfordshire and for attendance from home I can visit practices within 15 miles/45 minutes travel (see picture below). Practices outside this area, please contact me to discuss whether your requirements can be accommodated, for example through additional fees for travel or accommodation
  • I am willing to travel away from home for block bookings; accommodation requirements can be discussed.
  • Flexible to work reasonable overnight on-call and weekends – we can discuss distance to travel and rates. I am not available to do overnight working shifts.
  • Happy with sole charge situations and willing to do some sole charge work.
  • Registered limited company and VAT registered.
  • I have my own VDS cover.
  • I have my own uniform, information resources and some equipment (including stethoscope, ophthalmoscope, X-ray dose meter).
An idea of the area I cover from home. Please contact me to discuss if you are outside this area – it may still be possible for me to cover locum shifts for you, especially if you can provide accommodation.


  • £40/hour +VAT for Monday-Friday work (£360/day +VAT for 9 hours work) – yes, there cheaper locums but do they have my experience and skills? Discounts may be available for small, independent practices, IR35 status permitting.
  • Additional hours/part hours/weekends at £60/hour + VAT.
  • Travel within 15 miles from Tring (calculated by Google maps), included. Additional mileage chargeable at 45p/mile + VAT.
  • Overnight on-call by negotiation.
  • For block booking further away, accommodation charged at £50-75/night if not provided.

Please contact me for more information, my CV and skills matrix, references and to book me by email to – I look forward to working with you!