Are you interested in a career at Gungahlin Veterinary Hospital and Gungahlin Cat Hospital? We are always interested in hearing from passionate and dedicated veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses, as well as receptionists and support staff.
We believe our employees are our greatest asset, and we strive to ensure our employees are afforded appropriate opportunities for training and development throughout their employment. To find out more about our wonderful team, you can read their profiles here.
For Expressions of Interest – If you think that you’d make a great addition to the team, please email your application (which should include your CV, cover letter and availability) and any questions to our Practice Managers. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
For Current Positions Vacant, please see below.
All Applications must come through to our Practice Managers, at firstname.lastname@example.org Please send your current CV, cover letter, answers to selection criteria (if required as per job advertisement), availability and anything else you need us to know.
Please Note for all our Roles
- Our roles are open to anyone with unrestricted working rights for Australia.
- You must have the required skills, experience and/or education to be considered for our positions.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted if successful through initial screening.
- Recruitment will be ongoing and the advert may be removed at any time if the successful candidate is found.
- Applications from recruitment or employment agencies will not be accepted for any of our positions.
Current Positions Vacant
About the role
The team at Gungahlin Veterinary Hospital in Canberra is on the search for an Experienced and Cert IV Qualified Veterinary nurse to join us in the quest of caring for the Capital’s sick and injured animals.
You will be working in our purpose-built general practice hospital with our 12 vets, allowing you to have exposure to both our Gungahlin Veterinary Hospital and our Cat Hospital at the same premises. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to gain exposure to a variety of different animals and responsibilities, and work on all the cool stuff like oesophageal foreign bodies, surgeries and complicated procedures will be a normal day at the office, as well as dental work and general nursing.
This is a permanent part-time role. Working hours are rostered between the hours of 7:30 to 19:00 Mondays – Fridays and 8:00 to 16:00 on Saturdays. The successful candidate for this role must be available to start shifts no later than 7:30am. It is a requirement to be available to work Saturdays on rotation with other nurses (i.e. not every Saturday). The working hours can be up to 38 hours per week, but may be less depending on demand.
Our ideal candidate
We are looking for someone who can tick the following boxes:
- Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing
- Over 2 years of nursing experience as a qualified Nurse
- exceptional customer service skills
- high emotional intelligence
- excellent time management
- excellent attendance record and reliability
- the ability to work varied tasks that are constantly interrupted, yet concluded
- the ability and confidence to handle many types of small animals, up to large dogs
- communication skills to communicate with all personality types and remain professional at all times even under stressful situations
- great team work approach and professionalism to strengthen the GVH team
- willingness to make a long-term commitment to the role
Benefits of working at GCH/GVH
- The workload is busy, challenging and varied
- We encourage staff to follow their fields of interest
- We support continuing education and VNCA membership
- Team work is highly valued – you’ll be working with an excellent team of people with an importance placed on having a wonderful staff culture
- Remuneration is above-award according to qualifications and experience
- Access to free public parking a short walk (100m) from the practice
- We don’t work Public Holidays or Sunday’s
- Assistance in relocation for successful out of state applicants can be considered on a case by case basis
How to apply
- Applications should be via email addressing the following Selection Criteria:
- Please tell us about a time that you dealt with a difficult procedure. Elaborate on the problem, solution and final outcome.
- Please tell us about a time you experienced conflict in your workplace / team. Elaborate on what the situation was, the approach taken to resolve the conflict and the positive outcome achieved
Kennel Hand/Nursing Assistant
We are currently looking for a multi-skilled and flexible superstar to join our team as a Kennel Hand/Nursing Assistant.
About the role
A Kennel Hand/Nursing Assistant is responsible for the proper husbandry care of all animals (including feeding, bathing, record keeping and the cleanliness of cages, runs and ward areas) and maintains the functionality of the hospital by cleaning, tidying and restocking as directed and in accordance with established protocols and procedures.
A Kennel Hand or Nursing Assistant does not undertake any handling or care of animals without the supervision and/or direction of a veterinary nurse or veterinary surgeon.
Some key responsibilities of this role include:
- Cleaning and maintenance of animal care equipment – including kennels and cages, surgery tables and trays as well as preparation of surgical kits,
- Vacuuming, mopping, changing garbage, dusting – manage waste disposal and keep benches and the practice neat and clean, and clean floors, windows and doors,
- Routinely clean and maintain all equipment and facilities using provided chemicals and supplies, and having an understanding of the importance of the safety of these chemicals in the hospital,
- Managing the flow of laundry – washing, folding etc,
- Replenishing supplies and updating supply order books,
- Assist veterinary surgeons and nurses with animal care under direction and as instructed, which may include tasks such as restraining and handling of animals, preparation and provision of food and water, regular exercising of animals.
Most importantly, we are looking for someone who will be dedicated to always keeping the welfare of the animals in our care above all else, whilst also ensuring that the practice is presented in the best way possible.
This is a permanent part-time role and you can expect to work up to a minimum of 24 hours per week on a rotating basis, be available for both shift times and be flexible (you must have availability for both the morning and afternoon shifts).
Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 2.30am, 2.00pm to 7.00pm
The ideal candidate will have:
- A genuine interest in animals and their welfare,
- May hold a Certificate II in Animal Care and Management or equivalent qualifications and experience,
- Must have previous experience as a Kennel Hand or Nursing Assistant,
- The ability to work as part of a team and follow direction,
- Be flexible and adaptable,
- The physical ability to safely lift objects or animals of at least 15kg and to bend and squat to floor level cages and animals,
- An understanding of the basic requirements of animal care and handling, animal medical terminology and minor procedures, or the ability to acquire this quickly,
- The ability to provide exceptional customer service,
- Willingness to make a long-term commitment to the role,
- Be available for both morning and afternoon shift times on a rotating basis,
- Remuneration is above-award according to qualifications and experience.