Vet Nurse | Auckland Zoo

Date: 30-Sep-2022

Location: NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


He angitūtanga: The opportunity
Auckland is a global city with stunning scenery, wonderful beaches and sub-tropical islands. It is also a city with one of the most progressive zoos in the world. At Auckland Zoo, wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability is at the very heart of what we do.  


Our mission is “to bring people together to build a future for wildlife” and our strategic roadmap to achieve this mission and identifies seven core commitments: excellence in animal care & welfare; enhancing the well-being of our communities; nurturing a lifelong connection with nature; conserving wildlife in the wild; science, learning and training; strengthening our relationship with Te Ao Maori; & evolving our organisation sustainably. 


We are currently seeking an experienced, skilled Veterinary Nurse to provide clinical zoo/wildlife veterinary expertise as a valued member of the Veterinary Services Department at Auckland Zoo, which is located inside Auckland Zoo’s New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine. The veterinary team of 10+ zoo professionals work collaboratively to deliver positive Conservation Medicine outcomes for the zoo and for external stakeholders. 


This permanent, full-time role involves working 40 hours per week as part of a veterinary team which collectively provide 7-day per week on-site cover at Auckland Zoo including evenly-shared weekends, public holidays and occasional out of hours work. 

He kōrero mōu: About you
As an experienced member of the Veterinary Services Department you will work closely with the other members of the veterinary team and the rest of the Animal Care & Conservation department to deliver excellent levels of patient care.  You will be knowledgeable, empathetic, resilient and remain solution focussed. As a skilled communicator, you will work well within the supportive and progressive team environment within the department and be able to share your passion for your work, as well as disseminating knowledge effectively to a wide range of stakeholders.  You will utilise strong organisational and time-management skills to prioritise and complete your work, which includes a range of individual and team-based roles. 

Core requirements:

  • Veterinary Nursing certificate (or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 5 years working full-time as a vet nurse (or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 3 years full-time zoo / wildlife veterinary nursing experience, including significant clinical and anaesthetic monitoring experience
  • Confident in animal handling across all major taxa
  • Zoo animal husbandry experience is desirable
  • Previous experience with both NZ-native and exotic species is desirable
  • Familiarity with Z.I.M.S. cloud-based database and other relevant IT programmes is highly desirable
  • Full driving licence

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer
This is a unique career opportunity working within the lush, green environment of Auckland Zoo and the varied landscapes of Aotearoa New Zealand. We offer a competitive remuneration package, and you will also have access to the full range of Auckland Council benefits – we have a range of discounts and deals with corporate suppliers which cover financial services, health, retail and hospitality discounts.

We are a close-knit team that is passionate about Auckland Zoo’s mission and we’re looking for like-minded individuals who share our values. For a similarly enthusiastic, talented, and committed individual, this will be your dream job.


Applications close Friday 14th October 2022.

The salary range for this role is $58, 196 - $67, 139 per annum.


For the position description please click on this link here. 


Please note that if you are applying from overseas, we strongly recommend you seek advice from immigration New Zealand on the visa application process and your likely eligibility before applying


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