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Veterinarian – Full Time

- Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

Veterinarian – Full Time

- Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for someone to join our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital team in a Full Time 12 month fixed-term contract as a Veterinarian!

Australia Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, where we recognise the diversity of our workforce and community – be it on the basis of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, or religious belief.

The mission of Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is to rescue, repair, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned Australian native animals. Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is an emergency wildlife hospital operating 24 hours a day – 365 days per year, which admits more than 10,000 sick injured and orphaned native animals annually.

The hospital seeks to provide gold standard care for native wildlife. It does so by continuously improving, researching and also developing new and innovative solutions for treating the large variety of species and problems that are seen daily. The hospital plays a significant role in educating visitors & influencing change in people’s behaviour assisting with conservation worldwide.

Veterinarians must be able to function in a dynamic environment with constantly changing priorities consistent with emergency work. Animal welfare is a priority and responsibility for personal safety when working with wild animals is critical. Customer service is an important part of the position with a need to communicate positively with the public, the media, VIPs and other staff to promote conservation and education.

Duties May Include –

  • Triage assessment and veterinary care of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife admitted to AZWH
  • Maintaining the highest standard of animal welfare
  • Compliance with all relevant legislation including the Nature Conservation Act, the Animal Welfare Act, COP for Wildlife in QLD and Queensland Health Regulations
  • Carry out post mortem examination of significant wildlife cases
  • Support the disease surveillance activities of Wildlife Health Australia
  • Answer email and phone enquiries to assist private vets dealing with wildlife cases in remote areas
  • Keep up to date with all areas of veterinary medicine and wildlife care, including maintaining continuous education
  • Commitment to Australia Zoo Group policies and procedures
  • Ensure company ethics and professional standards are adhered to at all times
  • Maintain Australia Zoo’s customer service standards
  • Adhere to all Health and Safety Procedures
  • Participate in performance training and development reviews or programs as requested by the company both on and off the job
  • Attend meetings as requested by Senior Management
  • Other duties as requested by Curators, General Manager, Zoo Director or Owners

Essential Criteria –

  • A Degree in Veterinary Science registerable in Queensland
  • A minimum of 2 years working in private practice
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience working with Australian Wildlife in a Veterinary capacity
  • Have or be eligible to obtain a licence to use radiation sources (diagnostic veterinary radiography) from Queensland Health
  • Have relevant vaccinations for working in the wildlife industry (Tetanus, Lyssavirus, Q fever)
  • Good knowledge of emergency medicine principles, ultrasonography and surgical procedures and a methodical and sound diagnostic approach
  • A high level of interpersonal skills and the ability to engage and communicate effectively and positively with all staff, wildlife carers and zoo visitors
  • Self-motivation, initiative and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Commercial awareness
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and evidence-based decision making
  • Computer literacy including Excel, Word, Power Point & on-line skills
  • Well-developed organisational and time management skills & the ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Flexibility with days/hours of work (including weekends, public holidays and school holidays)
  • Excellent presentation

Preferred Criteria –

  • Current 1st Aid qualifications
  • Good knowledge of animal husbandry and wildlife species natural history, including hand-raising of wildlife species
  • Knowledge of koala browse identification

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Here is a checklist of information you will need to have ready before you start to complete the employment application form:

  • Education history
  • Employment history
  • References
  • Any qualifications you may have e.g. First Aid
  • Any achievements you may like to tell us about
  • Your availability (what hours can you work)
  • A resume in .pdf or .doc format
  • Any other info that may support your application

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