Lead Veterinary Nurse (Desexing Clinic)

Job no: 512779
Work type: Casual
Campus: Roseworthy
Categories: Veterinary Services

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                                       Casual Opportunity - Lead Veterinary Nurse (Desexing Clinic)

Salary: (Casual HEO3) $39.50 per hour plus an employer contribution of 11% superannuation applies.

Casual role available during the University teaching semesters involving 30 to 37.5 hours per week. Role to commence in Late February 2024

The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences provides world-class, outcome-based education and training of animal and veterinary scientists in a research environment. Based at the Roseworthy Campus, 50km north of the Adelaide CBD and minutes from Gawler.

To find out more about our teaching clinics visit our website at School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences | University of Adelaide

The School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences runs a comprehensive dog and cat live animal desexing clinic for our 5th year veterinary science students and has been in place for the last 11 years. The program is run by a dedicated team of seven veterinarians and three nurses, including specialist surgeons and anaesthetists. It aims to provide gold standard patient care in a purpose-built surgical skills suite to produce the best training for our veterinary science students.

The position is for a Certificate IV qualified Veterinary Nurse who has worked in small animal practice for a minimum of 3 years. The successful applicant will run all the nursing and day to day organisational aspects of our student desexing clinic. Ideally the applicant should also have a high level of nursing experience in the anaesthesia and surgical desexing of domestic pets.

Some responsibilities of the role include: organisation, admission and discharge of animals for the desexing clinic, surgical theatre setup / clean up, maintaining consumable stock, recording details into the hospital’s practice management software, instrument cleaning and sterilisation, billing of clients. In addition to this you will assist students with animal handling, blood collection, patient care, assisting students with anaesthetic setup, anaesthetic induction, surgical patient preparation, sterile gowning and gloving, patient recovery and preparing patient discharge reports.

This casual position is expected to be on average 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Thursday for 25 weeks in the year during the university teaching semesters. These run from late February to late October excluding university holidays, which generally coincide with SA school holidays. The hours of work range between 7.30am to 6pm, with the possibility of flexibility in the weekly rostered hours. The successful applicant needs to be able to attend a 2-week period of on-site job training, alongside current nursing staff, from mid to end October 2023.

 Selection criteria:

  • Experience working in a small animal practice for a minimum of 3 years
  • Veterinary nursing experience in routine desexing of cats and dogs (desirable)
  • Highly motivated, reliable, strong organisation skills and ability to work independently
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to support students in a professional caring environment


  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

If you’d like to join our team, please click on the 'Apply Now' button to be taken through to our online application form.  Please submit a cover letter, addressing the selection criteria listed and include a current CV.

***Initial round of applications closes on 26th September however, the advert will remain open until the position is filled.***


For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding the requirements of this position, contact:

Dr Olaf Schaaf, Senior Lecturer, Small Animal Surgery
P: +61 (8) 83131999
E: olaf.schaaf@adelaide.edu.au

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. 


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