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Department: Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

Reports to: Senior Vet Nurse / Veterinary Services Manager


Position description:

Veterinary Nurses have the primary responsibility of the cleaning, medication and care of sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals within the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital (AZWH). They also assist veterinarians with diagnostics and procedures. The AZWH is functional 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is dedicated to the highest standard of animal welfare possible, therefore this position will include a wide variety of daily tasks and also varying shifts. Compassion and a commitment to conservation are an important part of this role. Nurses are required to show a high level of professionalism, commitment and dedication to their roles, which may include long hours, night-time work and weekend/public holiday work.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting veterinarians in day-to-day procedures, including anaesthesia monitoring, surgical preparation and emergency treatments.
  • Performing all the duties required for all nursing shifts to a high standard.
  • Cleaning, medicating and feeding of all animals in ICUs and outside enclosures, according to veterinary instructions.
  • Public speaking and/or delivery of presentations.
  • Participation in and assisting with wildlife rescues in the field.
  • Monitoring of ICU animals.
  • Bringing forward any animal concerns with Senior Nurse.
  • Reviewing animal treatment plans with Senior nurse if not clear in treatment charts.
  • Maintaining high level of hygiene during cleaning and maintenance of animal enclosures.
  • Preparation of food and feeding of animals in accordance with diet requirements, feeding schedules and procedures.
  • Maintaining detailed animal records.
  • Maintaining restricted drug book.
  • Receptionist duties as required.
  • Providing a high standard of customer service both for members of the public and wildlife carers.
  • Providing opportunities for work experience students and volunteers to learn about Australian wildlife.
  • Attending meetings as requested by the Veterinary Services Manager and Senior Nurse.
  • Following quarantine protocols.
  • Following AZWH procedures and protocols.
  • Conducting environment and enclosure safety checks.
  • Working within the guidelines of health and safety procedures to ensure animal, personal and visitor security and safety.
  • Maintaining the highest standard of animal welfare.
  • Committing to Australia Zoo's privacy and confidentiality policies.
  • Participating in performance training and development reviews or programs as requested by the company both on and off the job.
  • Keeping up to date with all areas of veterinary nursing and wildlife care.
  • Following the Radiation safety and protection plan.
  • Other duties as requested by Senior Nurse and Veterinary Services Manager

Skills/Qualifications required:

  • Veterinary Nurse Certificate IV.
  • Knowledge of animal husbandry and wildlife species natural history, including hand-raising of wildlife species.
  • Knowledge of the main diet trees of koalas.
  • Knowledge of emergency medicine principles, surgical preparation, ICU monitoring and anaesthesia monitoring.
  • Good hygiene practices, including understanding of quarantine procedures.
  • Ability to observe and report abnormal animal behaviours.
  • Ability to handle wild animals in a safe and confident manner.
  • Good communication
  • Ability to work in a large team.

Weekend and public holiday availability and own transport is essential.

Interested applicants should email a resume (no more than 5 pages) to
before Friday 22nd March 2013.


Apply for this job below. Applications close 22nd of March 2013

Here is a checklist of information you will need to have ready before you start to complete the employment application form:

  • Education history
  • Employment history
  • References
  • Any qualifications you may have eg First Aid
  • Any achievements you may like to tell us about
  • your availability (what hours can you work)
  • A resume in .pdf or .doc format
  • Any other info that may support your application

Please allow 20 minutes to complete the application.