Head Veterinarian

Listed 28 days Ago

Contract: Permanent, Part Time (35hrs pw)

Hours of work: Monday to Friday, 7 hours per day, usually worked between 8.30am - 5.30pm. Some occasional weekend work to cover your team's leave.

Location: Christchurch SPCA

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.

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.

What we can offer you

o  An amazing opportunity to use your skills in a shelter environment 

o  The chance to make a real difference to New Zealand’s animals

o  Rewarding work with dedicated and highly passionate people who love to share their knowledge and experience  

o Normal business hours and regular breaks, no after hours    

o  Minimal weekend shifts may be required which means more weekends off to enjoy family time

o The hospital is equipped with a large open-plan treatment/non-sterile area, separate cat and dog wards, new IDEXX in-house lab equipment, high speed dental equipment and a dental x-ray unit, ultrasound, a new digital x-ray unit and easy to use veterinary software

o  Great CPD benefits to encourage and assist vets with learning opportunities and study 

o  Incredible work stories

o Attractive salary to work for the leading animal charity in New Zealand

o Onsite free parking 

What we need from you 

Our ideal candidate will have:

· Minimum of 5 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, 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 

· 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, go here https://www.spca.nz/what-we-do

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

Applications close on 11 November 2022

SPCA strongly encourages all new employees to have the Covid-19 vaccination.