Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care Specialist / Head of Department (12-month Maternity Leave Position)

An exciting opportunity for an experienced ECC Registrar or Criticalist to join our team!

The Veterinary Referral Hospital has been providing veterinary referral and emergency services to the pets of Melbourne for over 25 years. As such, we take great pride in delivering the highest possible standards of veterinary medicine and customer service. Our hospital is a brand new purpose-built 24-hour ECC and referral facility. We have all the gadgets you need to ensure you can practice at your best and continue to learn new skills. More importantly, we have the only truly multi-disciplinary veterinary team in Victoria, including specialists and registrars in Emergency and Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, Neurology, Anaesthesia and Oncology. Our emergency and critical care case-load is incredibly varied, interesting and challenging.

We have a friendly and supportive team of ECC vets consisting of 2 ECC specialists (FANZCVS and DACVECC), 1 ECC Registrar (residency trained veterinary associates), ANZCVS Membership veterinarians, experienced emergency veterinarians and recent graduates. Our ECC nurses are among the best in the industry; they are passionate, hardworking, and dedicated to high levels of patient care. We offer a supportive environment with an emphasis on teamwork and life-long learning to deliver high standards of customer and patient care, and a sustainable work-life balance.

The Position

We are seeking an experienced Emergency & Critical Care Specialist to help lead our dynamic ECC team at VRH. This full or part time position is a 12-month maternity leave cover beginning in May 2024, with potential for an ongoing role for the right candidate.

Depending on your preference, the position can be a combined Head of Department / Clinical Specialist role, however; a purely clinical position can also be discussed for the right candidate. Shorter fixed term positions can can also be considered.

About You

You will ideally be a DACVECC, DECVECC or FANZCVS board certified Criticalist. Highly motivated individuals who has completed an approved residency training program in emergency and critical care are also encouraged to apply.

This role would suit someone who is committed to high standards of patient care and shares a vision for a collaborative working environment. Furthermore, proven leadership and management skills would be highly regarded.

This position requires interaction with a large team of specialists, staff veterinarians and nurses. As Head of Emergency and Critical Care, you will be leading a large team of ECC staff, in a hospital of over 100 team members, and therefore great communication skills, time management and an ability to work as a team are essential.

What’s Important to You

  • A permanent full-time contract role based on a 3 or 4-day working week. A part time position can be considered for the right candidate.
  • Generous remuneration commensurate with experience.
  • A supportive and enthusiastic leadership and management team.
  • Continuing professional education opportunities are well supported and other benefits such as staff discounts, Australian visa support and relocation allowance also apply.
  • Free access to confidential Employee Assistance Program LifeWorks 24/7
  • Petbarn / Greencross discounts

Interested in Joining the VRH Team?

To apply or for more information contact Melissa Bicanic, Talent Business Partner on

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