Wellington Zoo Trust

Wellington, New Zealand

Full time

Veterinary Surgeons

Oct 29

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About us

Welcome to our wild party! At Wellington Zoo we are guided by our kaupapa “Me Tiaki, Kia Ora!” and are committed to a vision of being the Zoo with the biggest heart. We have a strong green furry heart and care about making connections between animals, people and our environment. We punch above our weight in leading the way through connecting people with animals, saving animals in the wild and ensuring we're a voice to be heard.

About the role

We currently have an exciting position for a Veterinarian to join our team on a permanent, full time basis. Reporting to The Nest Te Kōhanga Team Leader, the successful candidate will be responsible for delivering an integrated approach to veterinary care for our zoo and wildlife species. You will be a part of a passionate and committed team and have the opportunity to work closely with our conservation partners and engage members of our community on our conservation journey.

The Nest Te Kōhanga is our award-winning animal hospital and centre for native wildlife, and the largest and most ambitious project in Wellington Zoo's history.

This state-of-the-art facility contains seven rehabilitation rooms, a custom-built saltwater pool, and state-of-the-art equipment – all of which enable our expert Veterinary Team to treat our 500+ Zoo animals and hundreds of sick or injured native wildlife patients each year.

The Nest Te Kōhanga also works in partnership with Wildbase, Massey University and provides an integral part of the Wildbase residency programme. This collaborative relationship also delivers specialist veterinary support and training for The Nest Te Kōhanga team.

What we're looking for in an applicant

· A current veterinary qualification that is recognised in New Zealand

· A minimum of three years demonstrated veterinary experience

· Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment

· Capability in mentoring veterinary undergraduate, post graduate and veterinary nursing/technologist students

· Confidence in avian surgery and rehabilitation

· Strong computer skills in Microsoft applications and web-based research and familiarity with animal record systems

· Excellent communication skills and confidence in engaging with our visitors

· Previous experience in large animal or mixed animal/exotics practice

· A demonstrated understanding of conservation medicine principles

What we're offering as an employer-

· The opportunity to be part of a passionate and committed team that is dedicated to animal welfare, sustainability initiatives, community engagement and conservation outcomes.

· An exciting and varied place to work.

· Five days Conservation Leave per year of employment to work on a conservation project.

· Sick leave entitlement from the start of employment.

· An extra accrued week of annual leave after 5 years continuous service.

· Long service leave recognition after 10+ years.

· Yearly allocation of Zoo passes and Zoo Close Encounters that can be shared with family and friends.

· Zoo product discounts.

· The ability to walk around and enjoy the Zoo every day.

· Annual flu vaccinations.

For more information about this great opportunity please download the Job Description. To submit your application, click 'Apply for this job' to direct you to our application site. To find out more about what we do and what we care about please visit

Applicants for this position should have or be able to attain NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit.

Wellington Zoo wants a diverse workforce that reflects Aotearoa New Zealand. As an inclusive organisation we welcome everyone to our wild party. We are committed to accepting, valuing and embracing the diversity of all people. We are working towards Rainbow Tick certification.

Applications close 15th November 2021

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