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Fresh Grad Opportunity!

Are you a recent vet graduate brimming with enthusiasm for the world of veterinary medicine? Are you eager to embark on a journey filled with hands-on experiences, mentorship, and teamwork? If your answer is a resounding "YES," then we have the perfect opportunity for you!

About Us: At Timaru's Family Vet, we take pride in nurturing and supporting the next generation of veterinary professionals. Our dedicated team is committed to helping fresh graduates like you thrive in your veterinary career. With a passionate mentor at your side, you'll have the guidance you need to become the best veterinarian you can be.

What You Can Expect:

1. Hands-On Learning: Forget about sitting on the sidelines! From day one, you'll be actively involved in consultations, procedures, and more. It's a hands-on experience that will accelerate your learning.

Imagine assisting in a complex surgery or diagnosing a rare condition – our clinic offers you the chance to be at the forefront of veterinary medicine.

2. Rapid Progress: In just three months, you'll find yourself well-versed in the intricacies of the profession. You'll be amazed at how quickly you'll gain confidence and start contributing significantly to our team.

3. Open-Minded Environment: We encourage creative thinking and innovative approaches to patient care. We believe that fresh perspectives lead to breakthroughs, so be prepared to think outside the box and bring new ideas to the table.

4. Teamwork: At Timaru's Family Vet, we understand the importance of collaboration. You'll work closely with our exceptional team of nurses, who play a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth operation of our clinic. They handle tasks that allow veterinarians to focus on what they do best.

5. Work-Life Balance: We value your well-being, and that's why we offer a four-day workweek. This schedule guarantees you a long weekend to recharge, pursue your hobbies, or simply relax.

6. Competitive Compensation: Your hard work won't go unnoticed. We offer competitive compensation packages, ensuring that you're rewarded for your dedication and commitment to delivering top-notch care.

How to Apply: Ready to embark on this exciting journey with us? Don't miss this chance to launch your career in veterinary medicine!

Contact Jamie at 027 668 6110 today to discuss this opportunity further. Submit your application or ask any questions to

Seize this opportunity to make a real impact in the world of veterinary medicine. Apply now, and together, we'll shape the future of healthcare for animals. Join the Family Vet Clinic family today!

Job Description

Reports To

Lead Vet and/or Business Owner


Graduate Veterinary Surgeons are responsible for providing excellent standards of care in medically assessing, diagnosing and treating animals presented to the clinic, and for dedicating themselves to their ongoing learning and development.


  1. Veterinary Consultations and Client Service
  2. Surgical Procedures
  3. Continuous Education
  4. General Admin, Record Keeping and OH&S


Consults and Client Service

  • Carry out consultations with clients and their pets in a timely, efficient manner; seek advice or assistance from more experienced vets as required.
  • Build excellent relationships with clients and maintain thorough patient histories and case notes.
  • Provide excellent client service, including always using pet’s name/correct sex; give pats, compliments and treats; offer written material wherever possible; help pets and clients to feel as relaxed as possible during visits.
  • Observe excellent standards of care at all times; work up cases diagnostically and execute thorough assessments to ensure accurate diagnosing.
  • Formulate treatment plans with the goal of providing the best care and outcomes for the pet; communicate clearly and thoroughly with clients. Always provide written estimates to clients with pets admitted for surgery or hospital treatment.
  • Promote preventative health care to all clients; ensure every consult receives a compliance check.
  • Promote premium pet foods or, where necessary, prescription diets.
  • Monitor dental health for all patients, ensure any pet with a dental grade not equal to zero is on a documented dental plan.
  • Ensure every client receives a case follow-up within five days from an appropriate team member; this may involve a recall or revisit.
  • Maintain long-term management plans and ensure a good system of reminders to clients is observed.
  • Offer senior care to all pets over the age of seven.
  • Support growth of the business.



  • Always recommend pre-anaesthetic blood testing, Intravenous Fluid Therapy and Microchipping.
  • Explain procedures thoroughly and ensure consent forms are always signed; perform a TPR on all cases and complete anaesthetic records. Provide written estimates to clients including foreseeable contingencies.
  • Perform surgical procedures cleanly and efficiently; patients should be under anaesthetic for a minimal amount of time. Always seek advice from more experienced vets if it is a new procedure or you have any concerns.
  • Work as a team with the surgical nurse.
  • Always administer pain medication prior to and post-surgery.
  • Histories should be completed prior to finishing the shift.


Continuous Education

  • Dedicate yourself to gaining experience, learning and building confidence. Spend time with more senior veterinarians, assist with advanced procedures, consider volunteering at welfare/shelters to improve speed and confidence
  • Ensure you stay current with industry trends and learning; maintain memberships and attend seminars and workshops. Disseminate information to rest of team.
  • Work closely with your Lead Vet Surgeon on your areas for development.



  • Maintain accurate client details.
  • Maintain good relationships with suppliers and sales representatives.
  • Label pathology samples correctly and complete schedules.
  • Observe strict adherence to legislative and reporting requirements for vet registration, radiation, drugs and pharmaceutical products, radiation and bio-hazards.
  • Ensure all equipment is maintained in good working order. Advise Lead Vet Surgeon immediately of any faulty or damaged equipment.
  • Contribute to a safe and healthy workplace; take responsibility for your own safety.
  • Observe excellent cleanliness and hygiene throughout clinic.
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures.
  • Support your team members and foster a positive and friendly work environment.
  • Perform your duties with integrity and respect.
  • Maintain security of clinic, company property (including cash and invoices), client property.
  • Ensure pets are always restrained safely and securely.



  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, or in process
  • Current Veterinary Board Registration
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Calm, compassionate, and professional demeanour.
  • Attention to detail and excellent time management.
  • Responsible, organized, self-directed, and hard-working.
  • Team-player.


This Job Description is a guideline only and is not exhaustive. The requirements in this clinic will vary slightly, and you may need to perform other duties that are not explicitly listed but in keeping with your job's general purpose. We reserve the right to make changes to this job description as appropriate.


Family Vet Limited

A big part of our local community - Our Veterinary Practice has been an integral part of our local community since February 2010. In that time, we’ve helped thousands of our clients cats & dogs, rabbits, rats and even a few birds.