Veterinary Nurse - Casual

Zoos SA & Monarto Safari Park

At Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park, we're proud to welcome more than half a million people through our gates each year and we're not slowing down. With the roll out of our 20-Year Master Plan and a number of exciting projects on the horizon, we're thrilled to be expanding and evolving our workforce to position us for continued growth into the future.


Zoos SA is looking for an experienced, motivated and enthusiastic veterinary nurse to register their interest for casual work at Adelaide and Monarto Zoos working across a 7 day roster.

The successful applicant will be responsible for undertaking a variety of general nursing tasks, administration, pre and post-operative care, animal pathology, emergency and critical care and preventative healthcare.

You will be motivated, organised, with great time management skills and contribute meaningfully to our shared goals.

As part of our Life Sciences team, your range of daily duties will include:

  • Maintaining the overall hygiene of the Animal Health Centre, including surgical areas and equipment.
  • Undertaking general nursing tasks, including pre and post-operative care, animal pathology, emergency, critical and preventative healthcare.
  • Undertake routine surgical procedures under supervision.
  • Observe and report on animal behaviour.
  • Observe and report on all aspects of individual animal's daily condition and health status.
  • Maintain manual and electronic records and report matters of interest to the Animal Health Care Manager.
  • Working consistently in accordance with established safety procedures to ensure animal security, personal safety, protection of coworkers and our visitors.
  • Work in line with relevant Policy and Procedures/Standard Operating Procedures and providing feedback and proactive suggestions for change as required.
  • Knowledge and application of Zoos SA's purpose aspiration and values.


To be considered for these positions you will need to meet the following selection criteria:

  • Practical experience in an animal related role.
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing essential.
  • Certificate III in Captive Animal Management is desirable and will be regarded favourably.
  • Ability to work under pressure with demanding priorities.
  • You will need to be willing to undertake vaccinations including rabies, tetanus, hep c and q fever.
  • Experience working with exotic/native animals highly desirable.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Workplace Health & Safety principles and process.
  • The ability to work over a 7 day roster including public holidays.
  • Some after-hours work may be required so flexibility is essential.
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills with peers, volunteers and visitors with the emphasis on listening ability, objective self-reflection, proactive response and team spirit.


Please complete the requested work history & education information on the application page, attach your resume and any certificates in the education section. This will assist us in assessing your suitability for this role.

If you have a strong passion in animal welfare, species conservation, and an eagerness to support the operation of a major zoo's veterinary team, we would love to hear from you!

Please visit the Careers section of the Zoos SA website to apply.