Specialist Surgeon

The Austin Vet Specialists is looking for a Specialist Surgeon who gets excited about leadership and management, and wants to help expand the surgery department.

Be part of a fast-growing independently owned referral centre

(And if you’re not sure about moving to South Australia – read on, I guarantee you will be tempted)

Why join us?

Whilst the job market is a buyer’s market at the moment, this position is unique. If you are looking for a leadership role, are passionate about patient care, and get excited about leading a team – this is the perfect position for you.

    • This role centres on talent development, and opportunities for achievement
      • Passionate about quality and collaboration
      • Enjoy your work
      • Proud to be a team player
      • Enjoy client interaction and foster development of team members
      • Interested in business development and management (if desired)
      • Opportunities for equity partnership (if desired)

The daily work will revolve around the collaborative care of the surgery patients at The Austin and accepting surgery consults from referring vets during our opening hours (8am-6pm). We have overnight care (vets and nurses), so no overnight, weekend or public holiday care is expected.

About The Austin:

The Austin is a fast-growing independently owned referral centre. We started with 20 people in 2022 and have grown to almost 70 fulltime team members in 2023, with more growth to come into 2024.

The surgery department consists of one board-certified Surgeon (ECVS), one open residency position, three surgical interns and a full complement of surgical nurses. Together, they look after a wide variety of soft tissue, orthopaedic and neurosurgical patients.

They are supported by two specialists in internal medicine (ACVIM and ECVIM) and three radiologists (ECVDI, ACVR and FANZCVS), as well as residents, interns, hospital vets and an amazing team of nurses. Our entire team is carefully hand-picked for their attitude to patient care and the ability to work together.

The purpose-built hospital (1200m2) has all the instruments necessary to enable our specialists to relish their chosen careers, and flourish. This includes multiple soft tissue and orthopaedic theatres within a specifically designed surgical wing with positive airflow, free-standing steam autoclave and low-temperature plasma steriliser. The theatres are fully equipped including a wide range of new orthopaedic and soft tissue equipment (including thoracoscopy, arthroscopic and laparoscopic towers and flat-panel C-arm for intervention radiology).

Our aim is to enable personal and professional happiness and fulfilment. This sounds lofty but we believe firmly that supporting career development (and passions), which will lead to a more engaged and happier team. Which will, in turn, lead to better care for pets.

You will enjoy:

  • Four-day workweek – we care about a proper work/life balance!
  • A proper work/life balance with 6 weeks of leave and option for more leave if desired.
  • Each role will attract a salary depending on experience (above corporate levels and open to negotiation), and includes bonus options and opportunities for equity partnership.
  • We will assist and pay for all relocation and immigration fees, and provide sponsorship (for immigration purposes) if needed.
  • We will also provide time and support for scientific studies, performing lectures and other individual interests.

You will need to be eligible for Specialist Registration in South Australia which requires a Diploma from the ECVS, ACVS or FANZCVS.

Our values

  • We will provide a happy workplace (including dealing with any negative workplace behaviour) to ensure you enjoy working with us. At The Austin, we take recruitment very seriously because we know it is important to get the right people.
  • Being a specialist centre, expect ambitious standards and awesomeness but also expect a lot of happiness and fulfillment from your job.
  • ..and bring your dog to work – we have a dedicated pooch lounge for our team!

Why South Australia?

Adelaide is a fantastic place to live, with emphasis on ‘live’. The lifestyle is unparalleled to other Australian cities. It enjoys a Mediterranean climate and has all the amenities you could desire from a city of 2 million people (including outstanding schools), but also has the most amazing beaches (west facing so sunsets!). Ten minutes outside the city you will find the scenic Adelaide Hills with free-roaming kangaroos and koalas as well as the world-renown wineries in the Barossa Valley and Maclaren Vale. An abundance of National Parks are within a lazy drive from Adelaide. Real estate is cheap with ample opportunity to live on the beach, or have that house in the country.

Want to know more?

If our vision and ethos resonate with you or for a friendly no-strings-attached chat – email us at career@theaustin.vet. Please note we are non-corporate and do not have large recruitment departments so instead you will speak directly to us…we’re very friendly (really, we are) so don’t worry!

Please note that applications will close 5th August 2024 unless the position is filled prior to this date so submit your application promptly.

Application process

Please send your CV and cover letter to Xander Huizing (Director, DipECVDI) at career@theaustin.vet. Please include a cover letter including your reason for applying for this position and what attracted you to The Austin. Please also include your future career goals and prior experience. All applications will be treated confidentially, but please make sure you include contactable referees.


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