Careers for RSPCA NSW
Managing Veterinarian

Employment Type:
FP - Full-Time Permanent  
Hunter Veterinary staff

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals New South Wales (RSPCA NSW) is Australia's pre-eminent animal welfare organisation. We provide a strong voice for animals experiencing cruelty and neglect. The RSPCA is committed to the care and welfare of animals, providing extensive professional facilities, including fully equipped veterinary hospitals and our state-wide shelter network, with approximately 500 staff across NSW to care for animals.

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced veterinarian to join the team on a full-time basis. The Managing Veterinarian will be responsible for leading a large team of veterinarians and nursing staff across our two hospitals at Tighes Hill, Newcastle and Rutherford. We are looking for the right candidate focused on high standards of animal care and customer service. This role is supported by a practice manager, and the Veterinary Nursing Manager and supervisor.

The workload of the hospitals includes small animal private clinical cases. The hospitals also provide services for shelter animals, RSPCA Community Programs’ client animals and RSPCA Inspectorate cruelty cases. There is a large and varied caseload daily. The hospitals work closely with universities and TAFE to provide teaching and mentoring opportunities for interns and students.

The successful candidate will be required to work Monday to Friday with occasional weekends and public holidays. A component of clinical work is included in the role.

On a day-to-day basis, you will:
Provide and ensure a high standard of service delivery at an operational level
Lead, coach and develop staff to provide exceptional customer service and animal care
Effectively run and operate the hospitals
Manage budgets, expenses, recruitment and employee performance, including conducting performance and salary reviews
Conduct consultations with private patients
Undertake surgical procedures
Maintain accurate and timely clinical records
Support inspector cases, including veterinary treatment and appear in court as an expert witness
Provide veterinary services to any animal under the care of RSPCA NSW
Be able to lead project and change management initiatives
Prepare and analyse relevant reports

To be successful in this role, candidates will need the following skills and experience:
Tertiary qualifications in Veterinary Science (essential) 
Registration with the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW (essential)
Tertiary qualifications in management or similar
Minimum five years’ experience as a veterinarian within a veterinary practice
Previous experience managing a team of veterinary surgeons
Previous experience in leading a team, including recruitment and performance management
Broad experience as a veterinary surgeon
Highly developed diagnostic and surgical ability
Highly developed organisational and time management skills
High-level problem solving and analytical skills
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to lead and coach others