Head Veterinarian


Wellington, New Zealand

Full time

Veterinary Surgeons

Apr 19

This job is no longer accepting applications.

Closes: May 20, 2022

Organisation/clinic: SPCA Veterinary Hospital

Location: Newtown, Wellington

Position type: Head Veterinarian


SPCA Wellington are seeking an experienced Head Veterinarian (minimum 10 years’ experience) for the internal SPCA Veterinary Hospital. You will manage the team of SPCA Veterinarians, provide leadership and in-house clinical support, and provide clinical and procedural consultative support for the hospital, centre, and organisation.

Have you been seeking a role that will make the most of your experience? Do you find personal satisfaction in leading and helping others, as well as animals? Are you keen to stretch yourself? 

This is your chance to make an exciting, possibly long-considered move from private practice to shelter medicine! This role provides both a unique personal challenge and satisfaction in the knowledge that you will make a real difference to the animals of New Zealand that need our help and care. This is a fast-paced, energetic practice that truly changes the lives of the animals we support.

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Contract: Permanent, Full-time or Part-time may be considered

Hours of work: Monday to Friday (8.00am - 5.00pm) Some occasional weekend work to cover your team leave.

About the role

In this role, you will be providing leadership to the veterinary clinic team ensuring professional standards of veterinary care and hygiene are implemented for all animals presented to, and under the care of, the SPCA.

What we can offer you

  • An amazing opportunity to use your skills in a shelter environment
  • The chance to make a real difference to New Zealand’s animals
  • Rewarding work with dedicated and highly passionate people
  • A fabulous work environment in a fantastic, bubbly and beautiful city
  • Incredible work stories
  • Attractive salary to work for the leading animal charity in New Zealand
  • Onsite free parking

What we need from you

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience as a Qualified Veterinarian
  • Senior surgical expertise
  • Proven leadership skills; You need to be able to inspire, support and drive our Veterinary Team to be the best they can be.
  • Proven experience in clinic/practice management, organising operations, duties, budgets etc.
  • An ability to share your experience and thoughts in group meetings
  • Excellent personal communication skills, including face-to-face, email, video conferencing and on the telephone
  • Confidence and experience in handling a wide variety of animals (domestic, un-socialised and wildlife)
  • Confidence and experience in making difficult decisions
  • Initiative and insight
  • Shelter medicine experience (preferred but not essential)  
  • A sound understanding of, and empathy with, the goals and values of the SPCA

Who we are

SPCA is one of the best loved and most respected charities in New Zealand, with a proud history of helping animals in need and advocating for animal welfare since 1872.

Does this sound like the ideal role for you? If you match the above criteria, please apply now! To find out more about us, visit our website!

Applications without a cover letter stating why you feel you are suited to this role, will NOT be considered.

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