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Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nurse Development Program


Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nurse Development Program

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About the role:

Are you a qualified veterinary nurse looking for the pathway to an exciting career? Do you want the opportunity to thrive with the support of dedicated trainers and mentors?

It can be hard to get your foot in the door at any veterinary practice when you don’t have a lot of post-qualification experience. Let alone the world of emergency and critical care nursing which can seem daunting for even the most experienced of nurses. Our Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nurse Development Program is perfect for anyone wanting support to make this transition, including newly qualified nurses.

Development Program

You will be allocated a mentor and a team of trainers who will support you through your development into the emergency nurse role. You will receive on the floor training, including “buddy” shifts with your mentor and trainers. Webinars and online resources will also be prescribed to enhance any areas where you need additional training and support. You will have free access to our monthly in-house CPD, an online database with training modules and webinars, and enrolment in the Elevate Emergency Nursing program (run by Improve International to the value $1,450) to help solidify your skills and knowledge as an emergency and critical care veterinary nurse. Your development program also includes access to trained Mental Health First Aid Officers and an Employee Assistance Program for support on a range of matters. We pay above award with regular pay reviews.

What does vet nurse life at the AES look like?

  • Be leveraged to your full potential as a clinical nurse.
  • Hands on triage, pathology, radiography, treatments, surgery, and patient care.
  • Almost completely sheltered from client-facing tasks apart from the odd phone update on “Scruffy” or backing up the CCR team if multiple phone lines are ringing.
  • No conversations with clients about money.
  • Incredible case diversity with no two shifts the same.
  • Vets who educate the nursing team and discuss cases.
  • Vets who utilise nurses to their full potential and genuinely appreciate them.
  • Have a strong voice and be heard when it comes to patient care.
  • Earn lucrative penalty rates on most shifts.

Sound great? It is.

About you:

We are looking for qualified veterinary nurses who thrive in a hands-on, dynamic environment. You don’t need experience, but availability to work on weekdays between 5:30pm and 10am, and 24-hours on weekends and public holidays is a non-negotiable for us. Our team shares a flexible roster with a range of shifts times and days/nights.

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing or Bachelor of Veterinary Technology.
  • A passion for excellent patient care.
  • The drive to work as part of a team.
  • A desire for continuing education.
  • The availability to be rostered on weekends, weeknights and public holidays.

Our goal is to save as many lives as we can with an amazing team who support each other.

Does this align with your core values as a nurse? If yes, please email your resume and covering letter to: quoting reference number SCVNI2105.

Please advise in your covering letter if you are available to work shifts across nights, weekends and public holidays.

August 5, 2021

Get to know your future colleagues.

Ali Stewart

Practice Manager

Ali Stewart is the Practice Manager at Animal Emergency Service Tanawha, located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Describing her appointment within the animal industry as ‘through pure luck and determination’, Ali always wanted the opportunity to work with dedicated veterinary professionals, specifically in the area of critically ill and injured animals....

Dr Rob Webster

Director & Veterinary Specialist

In 2014 Dr Rob Webster became a specialist in veterinary emergency medicine and critical care. Rob has been working full-time as an emergency vet for 14 years, and his training was conducted from 2006 to 2012. His mentors were both world regarded specialists: Dr Steven Haskins (emergency medicine and critical...

Dr Matt Rosen

Hospital Director Tanawha

Dr Rosen graduated from Veterinary Medicine from the University of Queensland in 2005, after completing two other degrees at the same university. After spending 16 months in a rotating internship at Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre, he worked briefly in general practice. He then serendipitously fell into an after-hours role and...

Dr Danielle Huston

Veterinary Manager Tanawha

Despite a life-long love for our furry friends, Veterinary Science wasn’t Dr Huston’s first dream. As a young child, she dreamt of becoming a dancer. These dreams were shattered at around 11 years of age by her mother’s statement following a dance recital that she looked like an elephant trumpeting...

Dr Simon Lemin


Dr Simon Lemin graduated from the University of Queensland in 1990 and after seven years in general practice, switched to the challenges and stimulation of emergency practice. He joined forces with Dr Rob Webster to establish Animal Emergency Service in 2005 when the pair purchased the emergency hospital they were...

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