Equine Veterinary Nurse


Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital (GVEH) located just outside of Shepparton, Victoria, is widely regarded as one of Australia’s pre-eminent equine veterinary practices providing a wide range of first opinion and referral equine veterinary services.

A partnership between GVEH and the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (FVAS), The University of Melbourne, allows GVEH and the University to provide an exciting opportunity to deliver an exceptional equine referral and first opinion practice experience to students in the final year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program. GVEH is seeking a qualified Equine Veterinary Nurse with a minimum of 2 years Equine Veterinary Nurse experience as well as a relevant qualification, to join the existing team of 11 veterinarians and supporting staff.

The main aspects of this role include (but are not limited to):

• Surgical nursing for a full range of elective and emergency procedures including colic, arthroscopy, fracture repair, sinus, ocular surgery etc.

• Assist with preparation, induction, and recovery of horses from anaesthesia.

• Foal and adult intensive care nursing including maintenance of intravenous fluids and infusions, feeding management, administration of medications and clinical record keeping as per treatment plan.

• All aspects of admission and discharge of hospitalised horses.

• Outpatient nursing involving assistance with lameness investigations eg. trotting up horses, surgical preparation for joint injections etc.

• Assistance performing diagnostic imaging including radiographs, scintigraphy, ultrasound, gastroscopy, and endoscopy.

• Ensuring all clinical records for in patients and consultations are accurate and up to date.

• Ensuring all medications / fluids / consumables /medications are accurately recorded for billing.

• General cleaning and maintenance (laundry, deep cleaning, bleaching, re-stocking, etc).

• Maintaining good biosecurity around the hospital as per the hospital biosecurity policy.

• Maintaining drug stocks in collaboration with the purchasing manager.

• Guiding intern veterinarians and final year veterinary students as they rotate through different areas of the hospital.

The successful applicant will work as an Equine Veterinary Nurse. Nurses rotate between day shifts starting at 8am, 9am, 10am or 11am (staggered starts and finishes), for an average of 38 to 40 hours worked per week. The shifts are typically 8-10hr shifts. It is expected when the caseload is quiet, the nurse will assist in all nursing areas, regardless of the area on which they are rostered. Afterhours, weeknights, and weekend on call is a shared responsibility between nurses, where cover is expected to be overnight and primarily for surgical nursing – e.g., colic’s, caesareans etc. with remuneration provided for hours worked.

Other hours may be required in accordance with business needs but will be in consultation with the employee. Salary range is $60,000 to $62,500 per annum.

Interested applicants should email applications to Robert.Ralston@gvequine.com.au
All applications will be in confidence.