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SPCA Canterbury             


The SPCA is one of the best loved and most respected charities in New Zealand, with a proud history of helping animals in need. SPCA Canterbury was the first branch of the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to be established in New Zealand in 1872. The branch cares for animals that have been lost, abandoned, injured, or abused. Around 3000 animals come into our animal shelter each year.

We seek experienced vets to care for SPCA Canterbury’s animals.  While our work is comprised of shelter medicine, the sheer number of cases we see in a year allows for more experiences and learning than just 'shelter’ work. 

This is an incredible opportunity to get in at the ground floor of the only SPCA owned and operated vet clinic in the South Island.

We require:

  • A fully qualified Vet with a minimum of three years’ experience in clinical practice
  • Experience and efficiency in surgical procedures both routine and non- routine
  • Someone with great communication and willing to go the extra mile for patients
  • Desire and drive to learn more about Shelter Medicine

 What we can offer:

  • Collegial support from Other SPCA Hospitals
  • Continuing education opportunities and a commitment to growing your knowledge in shelter medicine
  • Grants towards CPD activities, training courses and conferences
  • Motivated and forward-thinking colleagues
  • A fast-paced workplace with some very interesting and at times, challenging cases
  • Paid NZVA membership fees

 If you think this role would be right for you, please apply with a CV and covering letter to the Operations Manager rebecca@spcacanterbury.org.nz . 

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