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Managing Veterinarian - Hunter Veterinary Hospital - Rutherford


ABout The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to lead and expand a large newly renovated veterinary hospital and form part of a key animal welfare leadership team at the RSPCA NSW.

  • The role will require the application of a range of clinical and leadership skills to drive the delivery of a quality veterinary service to private clients and their animals as well as the animals cared for within the RSPCA shelters and in the care of the Inspectorate.
  • The role is supported by an experienced team of dedicated and skilled veterinarians and veterinary nurses with diverse interests including shelter medicine, surgery, equine medicine, and exotic animals.
  • The aim will be to develop/nurture a veterinary services ‘centre of excellence’ for the RSPCA NSW and the Hunter/Newcastle/Greater Sydney region.
  • The Managing Veterinarian role has a component of clinical work and mentoring veterinary staff in addition to leadership, management, and strategic responsibilities. There is strong support from the Senior Management team and the RSPCA NSW team more broadly including animal operations and veterinary teams based in Sydney and throughout NSW.
  • Consequently, the role would suit an experienced veterinarian with strong small animal clinical skills but also an interest in business development, process improvement, and change management.
  • The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of private veterinary practice while playing an important role in furthering animal welfare through contributing to the RSPCA NSW core functions relating to the enforcement of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and caring for and rehoming thousands of animals every year.
  • The role is full-time and will offer a competitive remuneration package.
  • RSPCA NSW prides itself in supporting professional development including further studies, involvement in policy creation and/or research, etc.
  • There is no after-hours emergency work and there are multiple referral and emergency clinics within one hour of the veterinary hospital.


The successful candidate will require the following skills and experience:

  • Registration with the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW
  • Minimum five years’ experience as a veterinarian within a veterinary practice
  • Qualifications in management and/or previous experience managing a team of veterinary surgeons
  • Previous experience in leading a team, including recruitment and performance management
  • A demonstrated high standard of veterinary practice
  • Highly developed organisational and time management skills
  • High-level problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to lead and coach others


Annual salary of up to $148,000 plus superannuation offered for the role based on experience. A fully maintained motor vehicle is provided as well as a $15,000 signing bonus.


The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals New South Wales (RSPCA NSW) is Australia's pre-eminent animal welfare organisation. We provide a strong voice for animals experiencing cruelty and neglect. The RSPCA is committed to the care and welfare of animals, providing extensive professional facilities, including fully equipped veterinary hospitals and our state-wide shelter network, with approximately 500 staff across NSW to care for animals.

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced veterinarian to join the team on a full-time basis. The Managing Veterinarian will be responsible for leading a large team of veterinarians and nursing staff at Rutherford. We are looking for the right candidate focused on high standards of animal care and customer service.

This role reports to a Senior Manager and will hold a position on the Chief Veterinarian leadership team.

The veterinary hospital is run as a private small animal practice servicing the local community. The hospitals also provide services for shelter animals, RSPCA Community Programs’ client animals and RSPCA Inspectorate cruelty cases. There is a large and varied caseload daily. The hospitals work closely with universities and TAFE to provide teaching and mentoring opportunities for interns and students.

For more about RSPCA NSW visit our website here.

Rutherford is in the lower Hunter Valley of NSW which provides a unique and appealing proximity to the amenities and beaches of Newcastle and the countryside and vineyards of the Hunter Valley. Newcastle is the second largest city in NSW, only a two-hour drive north of Sydney. It offers a top university, great schools, and beautiful coastal living. With a population of just under 300,000, it offers an excellent quality of life. It is also the gateway to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s major wine regions.


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RSPCA NSW is an equal-opportunity employer that understands and values the importance of creating a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a barrier-free recruitment process for people with a disability. If you require an adjustment or assistance during the recruitment process, please contact [email protected] and identify the type of adjustment or assistance you are requesting. Our Recruitment team will respond to your email promptly.

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