Experienced Veterinary Position


Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Full time

Veterinary Surgeons

Dec 24

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Experienced Veterinary Position in a Unicorn Clinic*

Are you looking for a lifestyle rebalance?

Do you need to find your passion for veterinary medicine again?

Are you trying to find your “home” in clinical practice?

Come join a clinic where no vet works more than 33 hours a week, with no sole charge and no afterhours work. In our clinic we love what we do, but we also love having a life outside of this.

Do you want to enjoy your daily work life again?

Do you want to come to work with a team and clients that believe in you, support you and put a smile on your face every day?

We believe that looking after our staff mentally, physically and financially is vital, and having manageable workloads allows us to perform our role well without unnecessary extra pressures.

Here is what Jess our long-term locum had to say:“

 You’re never alone, sole charge is not how they roll. Everyone works less than the standard full time, so no one is overworked, and the staff seem refreshed and happy to be there.

The vets each have their area of interest, and given they work as a team it means you can offer a high standard of care without the feeling of ‘having to know it all’ or work without support.”

The Practice

We are a long-established independently owned and operated clinic. We are focused on providing excellent customer service and go that extra mile for our clients and their pets, some of whom have been with us for generations. Our loyal and caring team is friendly, cohesive and highly supportive of one another.

Our clinic is based in Kaiapoi Township, about 10 minutes North of Christchurch City. We are surrounded by newly developing suburbs, which could be suitable for someone considering relocating to the Canterbury region. We have the beach to our east, mountains to our west and to the south we have the Mt Hutt ski fields for recreation, or you could even don a wetsuit and a make a splash at the local inflatable aquapark! There’s no shortage of things to do.

The Position Details

  • Average 27 1⁄2 hours per week with varied shifts covering the opening hours of the clinic from 8.30am – 7pm Tues / Thurs, 8.30am-6pm Mon / Wed / Fri, equal share of Saturdays 9-1pm. For the right candidate the hours of work can be flexible around childcare or personal commitments.
  • Salary $55-85k dependent upon experience
  • 4 weeks annual leave plus public holidays • 10 days sick leave entitlement commencing from start date
  • employer kiwi saver payment
  • generous staff discount
  • NZVA (or alternative) membership fees and your APC fees

There is great scope to broaden your skills and knowledge within a supportive progressive environment. We value CPD and offer $1500 plus 3 paid study days annually. You will be backed by 4 other experienced vets all into their 2nd or 3rd decades of working, who have skills in soft tissue surgery, small animal medicine, dentistry and ultrasonography, providing a great base to learn from; or you can add to their skill set (they love to learn new tips and tricks!).

We would love our new team member to have:

  • Good communication skills with clients and your team
  • 2+ years’ experience
  • Initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Solid general surgery skills
  • Good time management

Some traits we would love to see in our candidates include:

  • A positive energy and manner
  • Ability to deal with adversity with grace and professionalism
  • Compassion and empathy
  • Team player
  • The drive to go that extra mile for our clients

Changing jobs is a big decision, but if you’re already looking then maybe it’s time to take a leap of faith and put your trust in us. If you’re looking to relocate then this is an even bigger leap, so please feel free to contact us to discuss anything you may wish to know or if you need advice or information regarding relocation.

If you’re an overseas vet this position qualifies for the current Immigration New Zealand visa requirements, provided you’re able to be registered in New Zealand as a fully practising veterinarian. Please contact us from overseas via email if you’d like to know more.

If you want to be proud of the work you do in a community that values you, and a clinic that respects YOUR needs, then this could be your dream job!

Call Gemma Waterfall for an informal chat about the position on +64 21 1061455

Take a look at our website: www.petmed.co.nz

*a person or thing that is rare and highly valued

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