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LOCATION: South Island, New Zealand

TYPE OF WORK: 60% Dairy 40% Beef, Sheep & Companion Animal

HOURS: Full Time

AFTER HOURS: 1 in 10 rota

SALARY: $110,000+ p.a. (depending on experience)

JOB NO: 201,180LS

An excellent opportunity has become available for a veterinarian to join a supportive 12-vet team in the South Island of New Zealand.

This full-time position requires a vet to undertake a mix of work, with a caseload of 60% dairy, with the rest being a mix of beef, sheep and companion animal.

This clinic has developed specialised mastitis and milk quality services which are second to none in the South Island. A strong research team, with superb research technicians and specialists, allow this clinic to be the only clinic on the South Island performing large-scale field trials on all aspects of dairy animal health.

The salary offered is $110,000+ per annum, depending on experience. CPD is actively encouraged and the employer also makes a contribution to wellbeing activities (some people have bought ski passes with their portion, others join the gym or do a photography course!).

In your new role, you will further develop as a veterinarian and gain experience by working on your own cases and having key clients. You will work with plenty of mentoring from other highly experienced veterinarians. Over time, developing in the management space and learning all about the behind-the-scenes parts of a veterinary business is also an option if that is of interest to you.

The practice is well-equipped and is purpose built. The practice also has a purpose built equine hospital at their sister clinic. Traditionally heavily focussed on sheep and deer, this clinic has retained a deep interest in and expertise in these species. As the dairy industry has expanded in Southland, they have developed a significant leading role in the management of large herds and in animal health amongst complex farm businesses.

The team is passionate about delivering excellent animal health; effective, hardworking and fun, working well together and closely with all clients. A highly specialised tech team has allowed them to broaden services to all areas of farm production.


Monday – Friday, 8am – 5:30pm

Shared 1 in 10 after-hours/weekend rota.

A relocation allowance is provided, veterinary registration paid and staff discounts applied for companion animals. A work vehicle, laptop and phone are provided, plus six weeks of accommodation provided on arrival (if relocating). Plus, there is plenty of ‘food for good,’ when on the go – fruit, nibbles, and snacks to keep you going!

This practice can also offer you:

– Innovative schemes and developments

– Specialisation opportunities

– Research

– Expansion and growth opportunities

– Awesome leisure and lifestyle opportunities

– Equally shared after-hours roster – you’ll struggle to find better!

– A well-developed learning and development programme

– A manager. Responsible for monitoring your progress and providing support where needed.

– An on-job mentor. A peer who is a resource available to ask questions on a day to day basis if your manager is not immediately available.

– A great support team and awesome people!

– Contribution towards relocation costs

The area is rich in wildlife, art and history, with plenty of character and a warm and friendly atmosphere. There is an excellent range of shops, lively bars and restaurants.

Comments from a locum vet: The practice was excellent. They were a very friendly team. There was excellent support. They provided excellent mentoring for medicine cases. There was an excellent nurse to vet ratio. It was a very well equipped clinic. I was on-call one in five weekends, and one weekday, the on-call work was not very taxing. The roster is really accommodating. There were usually 3 to 4 vets in the clinic at once, plus the large animal vets would come and go. There was a mix of new grads and experienced vets. CPD in NZ is fairly strict, all the vets were enrolled in various ongoing university courses. I would highly recommend this practice to new graduates, very supportive. There were a lot of things to do in the area I was in. I could easily drive to Queenstown and other amazing locations. I felt safe. I stayed in a house owned by one of the vets, he was only there for half of the time. It was only a two-minute drive to the clinic. There were a lot of excellent amenities close by. I would definitely return for further work with The practice.

Comments from a locum equine vet: The job with the clinic was absolutely amazing! It was the best job I’ve ever had.

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For more information, please contact:

Libby Stidwell
Recruitment Consultant