RSPCA Qld presents an exciting opportunity for an experienced Veterinary Nurse to join their team at the Wacol Animal Care Campus.

In the role of head veterinary nurse, you will help lead and mentor a busy, dynamic team within the veterinary services department of the shelter and veterinary clinic and be involved in a varied case load.  The ability to work autonomously and lead a relatively large team by example is essential.  You and your team will provide vital help to all creatures great and small by ensuring that the health and welfare needs of all animals in the care of RSPCA Wacol are met and are of the highest standards. 

Shelter medicine is a relatively new, rapidly progressing and exciting area of veterinary medicine and surgery. The successful applicant can expect a busy and diverse caseload and to be part of a close-knit team always striving to go the extra mile for our patients and constantly looking to raise the bar. The successful applicant will also liaise with many veterinary specialist centres who regularly aid and support the RSPCA Qld.

In this role, you will:

  • Work closely with the Chief Veterinarian to implement change and oversee the daily operational management of the Veterinary services unit;
  • Collaborate with and work closely with other departments at RSPCA Qld to ensure the needs of the animal are met;
  • Lead and mentor a dynamic veterinary team;
    • Supervise and delegate tasks to veterinary nurses and volunteers as required;
    • Demonstrate a high level of technical nursing skills in all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery including acute care;
    • Assist with training and mentoring of vet services nurses and volunteers, along with the broader RSPCA Qld animal care team as required;
    • Assist with rostering of vet services staff and volunteers;
    • Nurse animals in the direct care of RSPCA Qld Wacol Veterinary Services;
    • Assist the veterinarians in examining, treating and monitoring of animals under vet care within the shelter;
    • Prepare surgical lists and occasionally fill the role of surgical nurse in the shelter desex clinic (i.e. cover leave);
    • Perform routine medical and laboratory tests on the shelter animals as required;
    • Administer routine veterinary treatments and medications;
    • Triage incoming sick and injured animals (at times, without a vet present);
    • Assist potential adopters and reclaiming owners with enquiries relating to their animal’s health and care requirements;
    • Basic vet reception duties such as client communication, data entry and booking specialist appointments;
    • Ordering and stock management duties;
    • Ensure a high level of accuracy and attention to detail is employed when updating individual animal veterinary records;
    • Perform cleaning duties.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (or Australian recognised equivalent);
  • Have strong leadership qualities, great communication and time management skills;
  • Proven experience working in a busy and at times stressful environment;
  • Previous surgical nursing, and emergency and critical care experience with companion animals;
  • Previous experience in a Lead Nurse or Supervisory role;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to work well with people of all different backgrounds;
  • The ability to work autonomously;
  • The ability to remain calm and collected, in a fast paced working environment and at times of high pressure;
  • The ability to see “the bigger picture” at all times;
  • A passion to improve the lives of animals and a commitment to achieving the long term goals of RSPCA Qld;
  • Previous experience volunteering or working within a pound or not-for-profit animal shelter would be highly regarded.

This is a full time position based at our Wacol Animal Care Centre. Working 40 hours across a 7 day roster, with weekend work and some night shifts will be required.

How to apply:

Please click here, or please visit and search using the keywords ‘Head Veterinary Nurse, location ‘Wacol’ and follow the application instructions.

Applicants without a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (or equivalent) need not apply.