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Sanctuary Vet Nurse - Lancefield

Edgar's Mission

A unique opportunity to be a part of a Farmed Animal Sanctuary, providing high quality care for its rescued residents as part of a passionate team.

What you need to know

  • Work schedule 5 days Monday to Friday
  • Hours between 7am and 3pm (subject to change)
  • This position requires a good level of physical fitness as it involves significant hands-on work, including lifting and bending.
  • Pay: $25.44 per hour


  • Vet Nursing experience including animal treatment plans, health checks, administering injections and medications, blood testing, testing faecal samples and more.
  • Experience in handling farmed animals, with a sound understanding of their health and behavioural needs.
  • Ability to supervise and support other team members during animal husbandry tasks and deliver constructive feedback where required.
  • Strong attention to detail, including identification of animals who may have issues requiring investigation.
  • Strong communications skills to ensure relevant people are up to speed on animal updates.
  • Reliable with excellent time management skills.
  • A flexible and proactive attitude with the ability to adapt to changing needs and priorities on a daily basis.
  • Physical fitness and the willingness to perform manual and hands-on work in all weather conditions.
  • A professional, responsible and respectful approach to working as part of a team.
  • The ability to follow and/or produce detailed instructions and use initiative to solve problems.
  • Great interpersonal skills with a positive attitude towards advocating on behalf of farmed animals.
  • Personal commitment to the goals and values of Edgar's Mission and the promotion of kindness.
  • Ability to work alone and unsupervised and take accountability.
  • A current driver's licence
  • A working with Children's Check (can be applied if application is successful)


  • Able to drive animal transport vehicles including a horse float.
  • Experience working at an animal sanctuary, shelter or advocacy organisation

Core Responsibilities

Working closely with the Sanctuary Supervisor and Senior Animal Caregiver to:

  • Plan, implement and record animal husbandry tasks including regular health checks of all animals, grooming, hoof and tusk trimming, vaccinations and more.
  • Set up and oversee special animal treatment and rehabilitation programs for special need animals, including briefing the Caregiver team, checking regularly to ensure requirements are being met and tracking progress.
  • Administer daily medications, including injections.
  • Identify, assess and treat health issues in a timely manner.
  • Ensure animal records are accurate and up to date by updating our database and treatment tasks on the day they occur.
  • Collect faecal samples for in-house testing or sending off-site for further diagnostics.
  • Collect blood samples for further diagnostics.
  • Book vet appointments and order vet supplies and medications.
  • Provide a detailed handover of animal treatments and updates to the senior Animal Caregiver who covers the weekend care.
  • Provide a safe and enriching environment.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining a safe environment for animals, staff, volunteers and visitors by following biosecurity, emergency and safety procedures.
  • Feeding and cleaning support when required
  • Occasional travel may be required for animal transport and general errands.
  • Other duties as required.

How to apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to: Gail Bradbury email: gail@edgarsmission.org.au using the subject line: Sanctuary Vet Nurse application via EthicalJobs.

Please detail at least two referees as well as your required notice period if successful.

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