Veterinarian Vacancy at Wellington Zoo

Posted: 24 February 2020   |   Full-Time   |   Wellington, New Zealand

Job Details

Wellington Zoo is committed to its vision of being the zoo with the biggest heart. We care about making connections between animals, people and our environment, while growing love and support for our Zoo. We punch above our weight in leading the way through connecting people with animals, saving animals in the wild and ensuring we’re a voice to be heard.

The Zoo currently has an exciting position for a qualified Veterinarian to join the team at The Nest Te Kōhanga on a permanent full time basis.

The Nest Te Kōhanga is Wellington Zoo’s award-winning hospital and centre for native wildlife. The Nest Te Kōhanga team treat hundreds of sick and injured native wildlife patients each year along with providing healthcare for our 630 Zoo animals. You will be a part of a passionate and committed team and have the daily opportunity to engage our 250,000 annual Zoo visitors to see expert veterinary care in action in The Nest Te Kōhanga’s state-of-the-art treatment and rehabilitation rooms.

The Nest Te Kōhanga also works in partnership with Massey University and we provide an integral part of the Massey University Masterate Programme in Zoo Animal and Wildlife Health. This collaborative relationship also sees Massey University supporting The Nest Te Kōhanga team with specialist veterinary support and training throughout each year.

The candidate

Attributes required for this role: • A current veterinary qualification that is registrable in New Zealand • A minimum of three years demonstrated veterinary experience • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment • Capability in mentoring veterinary and veterinary nursing students • Strong computer skills in Microsoft applications and web-based research and familiarity with record systems, such as ZIMS • Excellent communication skills and confidence in engaging with Zoo visitors

Attributes desired for this role:
• Previous experience in large animal or mixed animal practice
• A demonstrated understanding of conservation medicine principles
• Experience in zoo animal practice, not essential but would be advantageous
• Experience in native wildlife practice, not essential but would be advantageous

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit.

For more information on this vacancy please download the Job Description. To submit your application, click ‘Apply for this job’ to direct you to our application site. For more information on Wellington Zoo please visit

Applications must be received by Sunday 15 March 2020.

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the global alliance of regional associations, national federations, zoos and aquariums, dedicated to the care and conservation of animals and their habitats around the world.