Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor in CA Surgery

Tāwharau Ora, the School of Veterinary Sciences at Massey University, invites applications for the position of Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor in Small Animal Surgery based in the Manawatū region of New Zealand. This is a permanent, full-time position in our Companion Animal Hospital.


About us - Ko wai mātou

Our name, Tāwharau Ora, encapsulates our aim to be a place of wellbeing, healing and recovery for people and animals. Tāwharau can be translated as shelter or haven, and the meanings of Ora include health, safe, recover, and heal.

These concepts guide our course planning and research, how we interact with each other, and staff and students' responsibilities towards the animals we take into our care. This is our mission.


Mahi Ngātahi - Who you will work with

As a specialist team, we get to work on some very cool surgical services combining leading techniques in soft tissue, orthopaedics, and surgical oncology with a specialist-led anaesthesia service and fully equipped diagnostic imaging.

At Massey, our surgeons enjoy CAD and 3-D printing, Karl Storz 5mm laparoscopy and thoracoscopy, Philips fluoroscopic C-arm and radiographic DR systems, in-house 16 slice computed tomography and out-sourced magnetic resonance imaging at a local medical facility, interventional radiology, Ligasure vessel-sealing devices, AO/ASIF/Synthes plating systems, CRF, ImexESF, and Biomedrix CFX total hip replacement system.

We embrace diversity, talent, and performance, and provide staff and students with an extensive range of opportunities to develop intellectually, professionally, and personally.


Mō tēnei tūranga mahi - About this role

Our Companion Animal Surgery service aims to work closely with clients to offer them the highest quality surgical care possible. We provide state-of-the-art veterinary medicine and surgery, while instructing future veterinarians and veterinary surgeons.

If you are a boarded surgeon or have completed a surgery residency with a range of experience in small animal surgery and are passionate about veterinary education, including clinical teaching, then this is the ideal opportunity for you.

The salary range for this role is at a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor grade (2024), ranging from $101,724 - $157,025 (NZD). Salary will be negotiable by background/experience.

To be successful in this role, it is important that you are a qualified small animal specialist surgeon, having achieved diplomate or equivalent status (ACVS / ECVS / FANZCVS), and that your qualification will be eligible for Specialist Registration with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand.

Applications from residency-trained candidates will also be considered.


In this role, you will:

  • provide a specialist referral surgical service to our referring clinics from across the lower North Island of Aotearoa
  • provide clinical services to clients of the Small Animal Hospital within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • participate in daily clinical teaching activities involving rotating house officers (interns, residents) and veterinary students
  • provide lectures, tutorials, and case-based instruction to veterinary undergraduates
  • depending on appointment level, you may also contribute to course coordination and clinical roster leadership
  • hold a veterinary degree registrable in New Zealand.


The salary range for this role is at a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor grade (2024), ranging from $101,724 - $157,025 (NZD). Salary will be negotiable by background/experience.


Seeking work/life flexibility?

If you are not familiar with Palmerston North, it is a family-friendly, eminently bikeable, compact city of approximately 90,000 people and is centrally located on the North Island of New Zealand (check out We are a welcoming, friendly, multi-cultural city, with excellent parks and schools and easy access to outdoor activities such as hiking, road and mountain biking, outstanding golf courses and surfing. The city has a lively café culture, abundant restaurants, a diverse range of community groups, and hosts large local and national level cultural events.

During your downtime, less than a two-hour drive away from Palmerston North you can be immersed in the vibrant culture of our capital city Wellington, touring our world-renowned wine-growing country in the sunny Hawkes Bay, snow skiing on Mt Ruapehu, or water skiing at Lake Taupō.

If you are ready for a change and are looking for a position that can provide you with professional and intellectual opportunities as well as an appealing lifestyle, please contact us for more information:

Dr Thomas Odom - Associate Professor at


Dr Jane Langton Burnell - Vet Teaching Hospital Director at


Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and appointments may be made prior to the closing date.


Closing date: 14 Jan 2024 

Reference number: CS SVS 982 11/23

For further information and to apply online, visit:


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