RSPCA Queensland is a non-government, community based charity dedicated to improving the lives of domestic, farmed and native animals in Queensland. Our mission statement is simple but powerful: Together We Change Lives.

We are seeking an experienced Vet Nurse to join the Community Outreach Team to work with a wide range of people and communities. This is a unique opportunity in you are up for the challenge. You must have energy and drive as well as the skills and a passion for helping people and animals.

The community vet nurse plays a vital role in the animal health and welfare services and community-based education aspects of the work RSPCA QLD. People and Pets | Better Together is our teams core value. The primary responsibly of this role is the organisation and facilitation of the teams vet services outreach programs and activities to deliver quality, needs-based services to Queensland venerable pet owners.

The primary responsibility of this role is the organisation and facilitation of the surgery component of our Community based programs, which delivers quality, needs-based services to Queensland. The Community Nurse also assists with delivery of existing Outreach programs and activities, and working across the various teams that make up the Community Department. The Community Team improves the welfare of animals and humans with a One Welfare approach, by direct service provision, education and supporting people to care for their animals.

In this role, you will:

  • Be a part of a wonderful team committed to animal welfare;
  • Supporting the delivery of outreach activates. This includes all pre- and post- program organisation, assistance organising staff and volunteers, assistance with logistics, care and maintenance of equipment, data entry and associated administrative duties and data collation.
  • Providing education to pet owners;
  • Perform routine medical and laboratory tests;
  • Managing post appointments including surgical;
  • Preparing and assisting with surgery;
  • Assisting with transportation of animals to RSPCA facilities;
  • Assisting the Outreach Team with development and delivery of community programs and projects including community cat program, community days, vaccination drives, community clinics, community education and information workshops, human service agency workshops and youth programs
  • Assisting the Community Outreach Specialist where necessary with their social programs including, Homelessness, Domestic Violence, Rehabilitation etc. ;
  • Support the Education Team with school and community-based education through our School Holiday Programs and other Education initiatives;
  • Supporting  other areas of the Community team as required;
  • Raise community awareness and understanding of the positive and mutually beneficial links between human wellbeing and animal welfare.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (or Australian recognised equivalent);
  • Minimum 3 years nursing experience
  • Previous surgical nursing would be highly regarded;
  • The ability to work autonomously;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • A passion to improve the lives of animals and a commitment to achieving the long term goals of RSPCA Qld.

What do we offer?

  • A fun and inclusive team culture;
  • Access to and encouragement in personal development opportunities;
  • Access to family friendly health and wellbeing support;
  • Free on-site parking;
  • Staff discount with RSPCA Queensland retailers;
  • A purpose driven organisation where the work you do really does have an impact on the welfare of animals.

This is a full time position, with the successful applicant working at both the Dakabin and Wacol RSPCA Shelters. Working hours are Monday to Friday. The candidate will also be required to work some evening shifts, weekends and travel intrastate when necessary. Remuneration is as per the RSPCA Qld Enterprise Agreement for Veterinary Staff - $27.50 per hour + super.

This position also requires occasional interaction with children on educational basis; therefore the successful candidate will be subject to a Working With Children Check, criminal background check, and referee checks.

How to apply:

Are you a great team player with a keen eye for detail, a strong self-starter with the ability to think outside the box and energised by an incredible purpose and passion to achieve the best outcomes for animals everywhere. If so, we would like to hear from you!

Please email [email protected] with your CV and cover letter outlying your skills and experience in relation to role.

Please note: Due to Queensland Health regulations, it is a requirement that candidates possess a recognised Certificate IV in Vet Nursing to be eligible to apply for this role.