Emergency & Critical Care Specialist

  • Well-equipped hospital with modern facilities
  • Industry-leading team based in the vibrant heart of Melbourne
  • Strong focus on supporting personal professional interests and the development of the ECC service

The Centre for Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE) is looking for a team-oriented criticalist who is passionate about emergency and critical care, and interested in exploring the limits of the discipline.

About CARE

CARE is a multi-specialist veterinary hospital located in Collingwood, on the fringe of the Melbourne CBD. It evolved from an intention to provide the highest standards of patient care in a cooperative and cohesive, team-oriented environment that respects, supports and encourages the personal balance and professional development of its staff. This focus has fostered the development of excellent relationships within our team, and with our referring veterinarians and clients. The hospital is staffed by an outstanding team of emergency veterinarians and nurses, working alongside specialists, registrars and residents in many disciplines.
The centre is well-equipped with major renovations planned and an ever-expanding inventory including: imaging (Siemens 16-slice CT, new Siemens digital radiography, digital subtraction fluoroscopy, Phillips affinity and POC ultrasound machines, regular off-site access to 3T MRI imaging), critical care (Menios oxygen cages, Getinge Servo-u ventilator, AIRVO 2), laboratory (Radiometer blood-gas machine, IDEXX Procyte haematology, Catalyst biochemistry and coagulation machines) and other equipment such as Olympus endoscopy and advanced anaesthesia monitoring.

The Position

The Emergency & Critical Care Department at CARE enjoys a consistently busy caseload (estimated 15,000 consultations per year) that encompasses an interesting and broad range of presentations. It offers significant opportunity for:

  • The development of clinical interests
  • Collegiate interaction with other specialist and residency-trained staff in case management and professional development
  • Contribution to the evolution of the service to international standards
  • Involvement in the mentorship and training of junior staff.

There is considerable scope for choice of, and between, these activities in the definition of the role and to this extent we are completely negotiable. The following criteria though, are key for a successful applicant:

  • American or European Board certification, Australian and New Zealand Fellowship or completion of a Residency training program in Emergency and Critical Care
  • A serious and genuine commitment to the application of existing knowledge and skills for the benefit of patient care and the patient care team
  • Personal compatibility and cooperative integration with our existing team, particularly Dr Christine Lovatt, who is the senior clinician in the service, and other specialists within the hospital
  • A shared appreciation of, and respect for, our core values, including the pursuit of excellence in patient and client care
  • Effective, conscientious and considerate written and verbal communication, whether it be with clients, referring veterinary staff or hospital staff within CARE

The structure of the working hours of this position is negotiable with the general expectation that it would not involve over-night or weekend shifts, although occasional weekend shifts or provision of remote complex case support may be necessary. It is a senior clinical position that is intended to provide support and guidance of the clinical staff in their care and treatment of referred and primary accession cases presented to the Emergency & Critical Care Department. To this end, the role is cooperatively and constructively supported by a strong team of specialists in surgery and internal medicine achieving a multidisciplinary synergism that we all value. Beyond this, participation in, and contribution to, our in-house continuing education events, including regular tutorials, rounds and journal club meetings would be strongly encouraged.

Work at CARE

The successful applicant will enjoy:

  • A generous remuneration package plus superannuation, CPD allowance, and paid leave entitlements (conference, holiday, and personal leave).
  • Involvement in, and active contribution to, a cooperative team of like-minded professionals
  • Great staff amenities including complimentary snacks, beverages, espresso coffee from some of the best roasters in Melbourne, and fresh fruit.
  • Opportunities for continuing professional development.
  • A workplace community that promotes employee wellbeing, satisfaction, and retention.
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), providing free and confidential counselling.
  • The potential for relocation assistance and visa sponsorship if appropriate
  • The excitement and challenges that come with our interesting and varied hospital caseload.
  • Generous discounts on hospital products and services.
  • An easy commute to work, thanks to our proximity to multimodal public transport and major arterial freeways. Secure off-street staff car parking is available.
  • A centrally located workplace in one of Melbourne's most exciting lifestyle precincts.

How to apply:

Applications and enquiries should be addressed to Dr Sophie Haynes, and emailed to careers@carevet.com.au. Applications should include a cover letter and current CV (including contact details for three referees). Candidates must hold a veterinary degree recognised for registration in the state of Victoria.

CARE is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or age.

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