Careers for RSPCA NSW
Senior Veterinarian

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

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to take a prominent role in a team dedicated to the delivery of high quality veterinary services and the protection of animals  The role will require the application of a range of clinical and mentoring skills to drive the delivery of  veterinary service to private clients as well as the animals cared for within the RSPCA shelters and in the care of the Inspectorate.

The hospital is spacious and well equipped but is also the focus of an expansion of services and investment in the facility. You will have the opportunity to contribute your experience and ideas to optimise this development.


The Senior Veterinarian role is a primarily small animal clinical position with additional responsibilities for mentoring more junior veterinary staff. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of private veterinary practice while playing an important role in furthering animal welfare through contributing to the RSPCA core functions relating to the enforcement of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and caring for and rehoming thousands of animals every year. Consequently, the role would suit an experienced veterinarian with strong small animal clinical skills with the opportunity to focus on any particular special interest areas.  [LA1] 

The role reports to a Managing Veterinarian and is supported by an experienced Practice Manager as well as a team of dedicated and skilled veterinarians and veterinary nurses with diverse interests including shelter medicine, surgery, equine medicine and exotic animals. You will also benefit from the the RSPCA NSW team more broadly including animal operations and veterinary teams based in Sydney and throughout NSW.

and a passion for animal welfare.

The role is part time and will offer a competitive remuneration along with the flexibility to negotiate a roster, rental assistance and/or relocation to accommodate the needs of the successful candidate. There is no after hours emergency work and there are multiple referral and emergency clinics within one hour of the veterinary hospital.  The role also has the flexibility to meet the development objectives of the successful candidate, including further studies, involvement in policy and/or research etc.



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.

The veterinary hospital is run as a private small animal practice servicing the local community. 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.

For more about RSPCA NSW visit our website

Rutherford is in the lower Hunter Valley of NSW which provides a unique and appealing proximity to the amenities and beaches of Newcastle and the countryside and vineyards of the Hunter Valley.  Newcastle is the second largest city in NSW, only a two-hour drive north of Sydney. It offers a top university, great schools and beautiful coastal living.  With a population of just under 300,000 it offers an excellent quality of life. It is also the gateway to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s major wine regions.



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