Staff Veterinarian


Are you a veterinarian who would like to be seeing your own cases at a referral hospital as part of a genuine multi-disciplinary team? 

Do you have high level clinical skills and would like to take them to the next level, but are not sure if you want to undertake a residency training program or membership exams?

Do you like the challenge of a busy environment with complex cases and dedicated owners?

The Opportunity

Most if not all Veterinary practices have become significantly busier over the last 12 months.  We have not been immune to this and are adapting our teams and processes with the aim of delivering the excellent patient care we are known for, while trying to provide our team with the working environment that is sustainable for them.  This is a big challenge!  We need the right people to help us manage our case load, and this has led to a number of new roles being created.  We think that the ideal person for the new role of Staff Veterinarian will be able to manage incoming cases in collaboration with our established specialist team.  The ultimate aim is to deliver the best outcomes for patients, clients and referring practices.  Some cases would be transferred to the specialist team, while others would stay with the successful candidate, with mentoring of their case management approach.  We also have a significant case load of oncology cases and the day-to-day maintenance of these cases could be significantly enhanced with a person who is passionate about this area.  We understand that these are diverse things, and it is definitely ok to be interested in one part of it rather than the other.  Let us know if you apply!

About Us

Veterinary Specialist Services is an established Small Animal referral practice in South East Queensland.  This role would be based at our Carrara practice on the beautiful Gold Coast.  We are striving to create an environment where people can do their best work.  We have many things to work on to get there, but we are adapting as fast as possible.  Our teams are very passionate about delivering patient care and support each other to do it.  We have a very diverse skill set and can offer just about all specialities, diagnostic modalities and therapies across our practice group.  We have residency training programs for vets, in house training programs for nurses and over the years, about 20% of our interns have gone on to become registered Specialists.  We are involved in the industry with wide participation in professional groups, universities, continuing education courses and we have our own conference.

What we are looking for

  • A person who will be a genuine team player in a large team. This means different personalities, work styles and methods, but with the same ultimate goal.
  • A person who wants to develop themselves and their clinical skills but can do so knowing that the more experienced team members are available.
  • A person who understands that we all have a role to play, and that the ultimate outcome is to deliver the best possible care for our patients, our clients and our referring veterinarians.
  • A person who is genuinely adaptable – we’ve had to change a whole lot of things over the last 12 months and foresee ongoing change an adaptation to improve our workplace.
  • A person who understands that when a patient needs us, we will do our utmost to be there and give it the care it needs.

Why we hope you’ll want to join us.

  • We practice genuine multidisciplinary medicine at the Specialist level. We really can offer just about any treatment, but we consider everything through the lens of our training programs and experience.
  • We have a history of training people.
  • We are evolving the company with a focus on people, their careers and their development. This is a work in progress, but we want the right people along for the journey.
  • We listen and try to respond to our people’s needs. We don’t always get it right, but we will keep trying.  We are owned and run by veterinarians who work on the floor in the clinic.
  • We can be flexible with working hours – it has to be a win-win.

Why you might not want to join us.

  • Our case load is high, unpredictable and complex. This brings its stressors as our clients are very devoted.  They are just about always very grateful for the work we do, but they are with us to get the care they need and really want to see that delivered in a compassionate and professional way.
  • There is a high rate of change in the organisation at the moment. We are making changes to procedures, protocols and staffing levels.  These are all with the intent of improving our environment, but some changes take time to progress through into reality and adaption is required. 


Please either submit your CV and a covering letter to us at, or contact Lorraine Connon (Carrara’s practice manager – phone 5530 6370) if you’d like any more information.  We understand the employment market for Veterinarians is competitive and are happy to talk about remuneration.  We’ve got the policies and support programs you’d expect from a larger practice.  You can check out our website (, have a look at our Veterinary Resource Area in or let us know if you’d like to talk to one of our team members for some unbiased feedback on how things are in the clinic.  We recently asked our nurses what it was like to work at VSS – you can find what they say here

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