Hamilton Zoo

Associate Zoo Veterinarian

 Location: Hamilton City

Employment Type:  Permanent

Applications Close: 28 August 2023

Are you our next Associate Zoo Veterinarian?

We're looking for a special kind of person to join our Te Kaaroro - Hamilton Zoo team as an Associate Veterinarian.  If you think this could be you, let's talk!


About us:

Hamilton Zoo is a Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA) accredited and World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) accredited zoo.  Owned and operated by the Hamilton City Council we are set in 25 hectares of tranquil surroundings and are home to more than 600 native and exotic animals.

For this role you must have:

     A recognised and current NZ Veterinarian qualification (or the ability to obtain it)

     At least 3 years' experience working with Zoo animals and/or wildlife in a veterinary capacity

     Excellent time management skills with the ability to work to schedules

     An understanding of best practice within modern zoological veterinary medicine


What does a day in this job look like?

Under the direction of the Head Veterinarian, the Associate Veterinarian will have shared responsibility for providing comprehensive medical care for the animals at the zoo and native wildlife that present for rehabilitative care.

General responsibilities include providing routine preventative medical care, surgery, emergency medical care, diagnostics, treatments, post-mortem examination, and biosecurity for imports/exports.  We work to maximize individual animal welfare.  We have all necessary equipment for basic and advanced anaesthetic monitoring and diagnostic techniques, including rigid and flexible endoscopy, digital radiography and ultrasound.

What's the salary? 

Starting salary is $95,000 - $105,000 per annum.


This job is for you if:

     You are an ambitious person focused on process improvement and making the workplace around you better through initiative

     You have exceptional communication skills

     You enjoy working as part of a team, but with the ability to work independently

     You are available to work on a 7 day a week roster to care for our animals.


This job isn't for you if:

     You don't enjoy a fast-paced and busy environment

     Interacting with an ever-changing workload doesn't come easily to you


What's in it for you:

     Free private medical insurance for you (including cover for pre-existing conditions and no excess) and discounted policies for your family members

     A paid wellbeing day each year to make sure you are looking after yourself

     In-house Learning and Development opportunities to grow yourself and your career

     Free annual health checks and flu vaccinations

     A suite of discounts at local businesses

How to apply:

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Note that we’ll be shortlisting as we receive applications – so don’t muck around!

All candidates will be notified of the outcome on their application via email. Short-listed candidates will be required to complete an interview process, reference checks and a criminal check. This role is Safety Sensitive so a pre-employment medical including drug and alcohol test will be required. View more information about these checks and our commitment to the Privacy act here by clicking here

As a council, we believe in creating a welcoming environment where everyone feels valued and belongs. We value inclusiveness (Kotahitanga) – we respect and value the unique perspectives, experiences, and talents that everyone brings. As a member of our team, you'll have the opportunity to positively influence the lives of the community so that Hamilton’s full potential can be unlocked making it the best place to be. It is important to us that we support you throughout our selection process (interview and assessments). If you have any access needs during this process, let us know in advance so we can make sure these are met.

This role is being sourced directly. If/where Hamilton City Council requires the support of a recruitment agency, we will seek this support from our panel of selected agencies. Hamilton City Council will not be responsible for, and will not pay, any commissions, fees or other payments related to unsolicited contact.