Veterinary Nurse (Equine)

Job no: 503763
Work type: Fixed term - Full-time
Campus: Regional South Australia
Categories: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, HEO3

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(HEO3) $54,750 to $62,132 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation and shift allowances

Fixed term position (parental leave cover) available through to Friday, 11 September 2020, with possibility of extension

Exciting opportunity for a dedicated Veterinary Nurse to join a veterinary program rated in the global Top 50

The University of Adelaide’s School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences has achieved outstanding levels of excellence in 11 years of operation. The School’s veterinary program leapt into the Global Top 50 in the 2019 QS academic discipline rankings and received an ERA evaluation rating at level 5 (well above international standard) in the 2019 Excellence for Research in Australia evaluation round. The School provides exceptional outcome-based education and training of animal and veterinary scientists in a strong research environment, consisting of world leading multi-disciplinary teams that provide opportunities for cross disciplinary research, education and innovation in animal health and welfare.

To sustain our success in this field, we are seeking suitably qualified veterinary nurses to provide high quality primary, emergency and critical care services to all equine patients.

Equine nursing duties include:

  • Working in the hospital setting undertaking consultations with internal medicine specialists
  • Providing care of hospitalised patients including emergency triage and critical care
  • Working with equine surgeons on elective and emergency procedures
  • Providing support for sports medicine procedures both in hospital and in the field, and
  • Providing support and assistance to primary opinion clinicians for both emergency and non-emergency consultations in hospital and in the field.

Working as part of the clinical team you will be required to work through a 24/7 roster, which includes weekends and public holidays.

The Equine Health and Performance Centre (EHPC) is part of the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences’ clinical teaching facility which operates on a commercial basis, offering a range of first opinion, ambulatory and specialist veterinary services to the general public and referring veterinarians. EHPC also provides a clinical training environment for veterinary students working under the close supervision of experienced veterinarians, nurses and support staff. The centre is situated on the University’s picturesque Roseworthy Campus, approximately 9km from the township of Gawler and on the doorstep of the world-renowned Barossa Valley wine region.

This position will suit an enthusiastic, team-oriented equine nurse with a passion for delivering the highest standards of service and care. You have proven experience as an equine veterinary nurse in a clinical setting with experience in emergency triage, medical and surgical nursing. You are able to work in high pressure situations, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and are motivated to mentor the next generation of vets and nurses by imparting knowledge and modelling the highest standards of professional behaviour.

To be successful you will need:

  • Completion of a relevant certificate or combination of relevant experience and/or education/training
  • Demonstrated experience and high level expertise in general horse handling
  • Demonstrated experience working in a Clinical setting
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently but participate cooperatively in team activities
  • Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety

As part of the recruitment process you will be required to undertake a medical assessment.

Your school’s broader role

The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is one of four Schools within the Faculty of Sciences.  The Faculty is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research in: agriculture; food and wine; animal and veterinary sciences; biological sciences; and physical sciences. It develops future science leaders, and actively partners with innovative industries to solve scientific problems of global significance.

More information about our School can be found in the following links: (Animal Health Centre)  (School of Animal & Vet Sciences) (Roseworthy Campus)

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long and fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. And our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. And our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Sciences is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research in: agriculture; food and wine; animal and veterinary sciences; biological sciences; and physical sciences. It develops future science leaders, and actively partners with innovative industries to solve scientific problems of global significance.Learn more at:

If you want to change tomorrow, act today

Click the link to the online application form below and address and upload your responses to all selection criteria. Applications close 11:55pm, 20 February 2020.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Mandy Holloway
HR Officer

P: +61 (8) 8313 7740

You'll find a full position description below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.


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