Primary Care Clinician


A career at UQ VETS means making a difference to not only the lives of clients and animals, but also the next generation of veterinarians and veterinary technicians. At UQ VETS, we offer the opportunity to build a dynamic career through structured development programs and access to industry leaders.

The UQ VETS Small Animal Hospital values every animal and offers unrivalled medical, surgical and diagnostic services for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, small mammals and fish at our world-class veterinary hospital in Gatton. You can take a virtual tour of our Small Animal Hospital here.

As part of the largest university in the state, you’ll be part of a culture where excellence is at our core, contributions are valued, and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

About This Opportunity

We are seeking a passionate and motivated veterinarian who is interested in working in a collaborative team to deliver high-quality veterinary care and clinical teaching.

The Primary Care Clinician will be responsible for providing high quality, relationship-centred care to small animal patients, within the Small Animal Hospital situated on the Gatton campus. The appointee will participate in the management of cases presenting to the primary care service, which may include urgent or emergency cases presenting to the after-hours or weekend clinical service.

In addition to ensuring excellence in clinical care, the incumbent will actively participate in the clinical teaching and instruction of undergraduate veterinary science and veterinary technology students, as well as clinical training and mentoring of small animal interns and junior clinicians.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Provide high quality, relationship-centred care to small animal patients and clients, and independently manage both routine and difficult veterinary cases
  • Provide care for wildlife cases when needed
  • Provide an excellent clinical role model for students and colleagues
  • Be able to provide mentoring and clinical leadership to junior staff in managing more difficult or complex clinical cases
  • Continue to develop expertise in clinical veterinary service
  • Identify and contribute to opportunities for improvement within the hospital
  • Actively participate in clinical training of undergraduate & postgraduate students, interns and residents
  • Actively promote and foster the School’s relations with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community
  • Actively participate in CE events for personal development
  • Support the daily operations and management of the service and practice good business management

This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position until April 2024.

At HEW level 7, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $93,254.55 - $101,680.96, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $109,107.82 - $118,966.72 annually.

About You

  • A Bachelor of Veterinary Science or equivalent, registrable in Queensland
  • Experience in the area of small animal general practice or emergency & critical care
  • Demonstrated relationship-centered approach to veterinary care, with a commitment to developing genuine partnerships with the entire healthcare team, including the client.
  • Demonstrated accountability and a proactive attitude with the enthusiasm and drive to identify and contribute to improvements within the Small Animal Hospital
  • Commitment and enthusiasm for the education of Veterinary Science and Veterinary Technology students
  • Capacity to serve as an excellent clinical veterinary role model.
  • An understanding and knowledge of relevant legislative and professional requirements relating to veterinary practice in QLD and to veterinary health and safety requirements.
  • ​Ability to establish effective professional relationships and to represent the School of Veterinary Science to the university and wider community, including industry, government, and professional bodies.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal, teamwork, negotiation and consultation skills and formal written and oral communication skills.

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.
  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.


For more information about this opportunity, please contact Donna Parker by email For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, go to the UQ Careers portal and use the Apply button.

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section
  • Resume

Other Information

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

Applications close September 28th at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-28303).

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