Enthusiastic Veterinarian

Veterinary Associates Equine

Full time

Karaka, New Zealand

Apr 21

Veterinary Associates Equine is a rapidly expanding and progressive general and referral practice located in Karaka, South Auckland, New Zealand with a satellite practice in Kumeu, West Auckland. We are seeking an enthusiastic veterinarian to join the Karaka practice. Recent, continued growth provides us flexibility for new team members to follow their passion – whether it be racing, sport horse medicine, lameness, or reproductive work. There is also scope for further specialist work within these fields. While we are looking for a full-time associate, for the right applicant, a part-time position may be considered.

This is a chance to work in conjunction with a dedicated team of fifteen veterinarians as part of a full-service equine ambulatory and referral practice. Veterinarians on staff at the Vet Associates Equine Hospital in Karaka include two board-certified surgeons, a board-certified internist, and a Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine. The specialists are readily available to provide backup and support for all members of the practice. In addition, we have three yearlong interns that rotate through surgery, medicine, and field work.

We are heavily involved in all types of equine pursuits, including sport horses, Thoroughbred racehorses, Standardbred racehorses, and pleasure horses, providing a tremendous variety of work. We are committed to fostering a positive workplace culture with monthly team meetings, monthly journal club, Friday happy hours, and regular team-building activities (a few recent examples include an escape room and whitewater rafting). We pride ourselves on a work environment that is supportive, friendly, and engages a team-approach. The current veterinary team ranges from the wisdom and mentorship of thirty plus years of equine work experience to the youthful enthusiasm of our more recent graduates, allowing us to provide balanced, excellent care to our patients.

Ideally the successful candidate will wish to work in a fun and supportive team environment and welcome joining a practice that provides high-quality veterinary care. In addition, the candidate will have a positive outlook, a good sense of humour, attention to detail, and strong communication skills. We aim to provide world class care to our patients; pride in one’s work and a desire to continue to develop veterinary skills by integrating the latest research are important attributes in a potential candidate.

All applicants will be considered, and an enthusiastic person with the right attitude may be the best candidate regardless of work experience. The work environment is attractive; our custom-built hospital is well equipped with the latest equine medical technology. This includes a fully equipped surgical suite, dynamic endoscopy, digital radiography, ultrasonography, dentistry gear, IRAP, PRP, a stem cell culture facility, and an in-house diagnostic laboratory.

New Zealand is renowned for the great outdoors, and our local area is no exception. We have beautiful beaches, surf, fishing, forest and bush walks, and great local schools. Being on the outskirts of a large city, there are many restaurants, and city culture is a short drive away. Many of our staff are involved in equestrian sports, including popular local hunts, show jumping, pony club, racing, and polo. This is a great opportunity to join the dedicated, enthusiastic, happy Vet Associates Equine family and to be part of our growing practice in beautiful New Zealand!

A vehicle is provided and a competitive salary will be commensurate with experience. In addition, paid licensure, a CE/CPD budget, cell phone package, paid NZVA/NZEVA membership, and paid professional liability are all part of the benefits package. New Zealand offers a publicly-funded national healthcare system and an employer-matched retirement savings plan known as “KiwiSaver.” Four weeks annual leave is also included.

Applicants need to be eligible for full veterinary licensure in New Zealand (details available at https://www.vetcouncil.org.nz/Web/Veterinarians/Registration.aspx). To submit an application or to discuss the position in more detail, please contact Jenny Sonis by email at jenny@vetassociates.co.nz or by phone at +6492947307. Applications should include a cover letter, a CV, and the names and contact details of three references.

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