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 looking for a Community Veterinarian to join the Community Outreach Team on a full-time, permanent basis. 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.

The community veterinarian plays a vital role in the animal health and welfare services and community-based education aspects of the work RSPCA QLD delivers. People and Pets | Better Together is our teams core value. The primary responsibly of this role is provide the community with much needed outreach Veterinarian support to deliver quality, needs-based services to Queensland venerable pet owners.

In this role, you will:

  • Be a part of a wonderful team committed to animal welfare;
  • Support the Manager, Community Outreach and Education to develop and deliver initiatives in targeted areas to create holistic programs that address One Welfare issues in the community. This includes community development activities such as Animal Wellness Days, desexing programs, animal welfare workshops as well as school and youth education activities;
  • Provide veterinary services to the public through community programs, this includes:
    • Conducting activities to a standard of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of QLD and RSPCA QLD policy;
    • Carrying out routine examinations and diagnoses including prescribing appropriate treatment;
    • Provide owners with preventative health care information including the provision of preventative health care information, diagnosis and treatment options;
    • Performing routine surgical procedures such as desex, dental, lump removals etc;
    • Perform pathological testing in accordance with infection control protocols;
    • Perform euthanasia if required;
    • Meet animal health regulatory and legislative requirements;
    • Remain up to date with developments in the veterinary medicine profession and keep informed on all governing regulations e.g. Veterinary Surgeons Board QLD, Australian Veterinary Association, and Queensland Health;
    • Maintain comprehensive clinical records.
    • Participate when required in RSPCA Qld emergency response activities;
    • Attend cruelty investigations and provide expert advice on animal welfare issues including conducting in field animal examinations and giving evidence in court proceedings;
    • Ensure appropriate program data collection is implemented and data systems updated to enable continued monitoring and evaluation of activities and progress against the Outreach Business Plan, the RSPCA Strategic Plan and report to stakeholders;
    • Collaborate and assist stakeholders with research projects associated with Outreach activities;
    • Mentor staff and volunteers, ensuring they are trained, fully enabled and utilised;
    • Establish and maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders including veterinarians, government agencies, industry and community groups;
    • Lead and contribute to a positive and inclusive work environment by effectively communicating and working collaboratively with team members and peers across all departments, and consistently role modelling the RSPCA QLD values and associated policies;
    • Ensure a safe working environment whereby employees and volunteers perform their duties safely and adhere to all WH&S policies and procedures;
    • Maintain current professional registrations and continue to undertake professional development.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree (or Australian recognised equivalent);
  • Working knowledge of Animal Welfare Issues (locally, state-wide and nationally);
  • High levels of compassion and interest in animals and their care givers;
  • Capacity to work well under pressure with limited resources;
  • High levels of both written and verbal communication skills. Including the willingness to appear in media programme broadcasts (tv, radio and the internet) and as a professional witness in court proceedings related to cruelty cases;
  • High ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions, and the ability to read, analyse, and interpret professional journals, technical procedures or government regulations;
  • Basic computer skills;
  • Ability to perform physical duties including manual handling, and an ability to handle a minimum weight of 10 kilos.

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.

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.