Veterinary Associates Equine is a general and referral practice located in Karaka, South Auckland, New Zealand with a satellite practice in Kumeu, West Auckland. We keep hiring because we keep growing! We are seeking an enthusiastic veterinarian to join the Karaka practice. With a diverse local horse population and a wide range of work, depending on the passion and experience of the new team member, there is room for growth and opportunity within various aspects of the practice including, but not limited to, stud medicine, track work, sports medicine, and emergency work. While we are looking for a full-time associate, for the right applicant, a part-time position may be considered.
This is a chance to work in conjunction with a dedicated team of fourteen veterinarians as part of a full-service equine ambulatory and referral practice. Veterinarians on staff at the Vet Associates Equine Hospital in Karaka include two board-certified surgeons, a board-certified internist, and a Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine. The specialists are readily available to provide backup and support for all members of the practice. In addition, we have two yearlong interns that rotate through surgery, medicine, and field work.
We are heavily involved in all types of equine pursuits, including sport horses, Thoroughbred racehorses, Standardbred racehorses, and pleasure horses, providing a tremendous variety of work. We are committed to fostering a positive workplace culture with monthly team meetings, monthly journal club, Friday happy hours, and regular team-building activities (a few recent examples include an escape room and whitewater rafting). Ideally the successful candidate will wish to work in a fun and supportive team environment and welcome joining a practice that provides high-quality veterinary care. In addition, the candidate will have a positive outlook, a good sense of humor, attention to detail, and strong communication skills.
All applicants will be considered, and an enthusiastic person with the right attitude may be the best candidate regardless of work experience. The work environment is attractive; our custom-built hospital is well equipped with the latest equine medical technology. This includes a fully equipped surgical suite, dynamic endoscopy, digital radiography, ultrasonography, dentistry gear, IRAP, PRP, a stem cell culture facility, and an in-house diagnostic laboratory.
Karaka is a lovely rural community located just thirty minutes from Auckland’s central business district, and all its associated activities, restaurants, and cultural events. With nearby harbours, beaches, parks, and forests, the diversity of recreation is plentiful. This is a great opportunity to join the dedicated, enthusiastic, happy Vet Associates Equine family and to be part of our growing practice in beautiful New Zealand!
A vehicle is provided and a competitive salary will be commensurate with experience. In addition, paid licensure, a CE/CPD budget, cell phone package, paid NZVA/NZEVA membership, and paid professional liability are all part of the benefits package. New Zealand offers a publicly-funded national healthcare system and an employer-matched retirement savings plan known as “KiwiSaver.” Four weeks annual leave is also included.
Applicants need to be eligible for full veterinary licensure in New Zealand (details available at https://www.vetcouncil.org.nz/Web/Veterinarians/Registration.aspx). Currently, New Zealand has border restrictions limiting arrivals to citizens and permanent residents. However, we are lucky enough to have been granted a border exemption and a critical purpose visa for a new hire! To submit an application or to discuss the position in more detail, please contact Jenny Sonis by email at email@example.com or by phone at +6492947307. Applications should include a cover letter, a CV, and the names and contact details of three references.