Locums Emergency & Critical Care VeterinarianPaste the following link into your browser for more information; https://arecvet.com.au/locum-positions-2020/
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Emergency & Critical Care VeterinariansFull time, part time, casual
Emergency & Critical Care Internships 2022**Applications now open**
Vet Science University Student PlacementsAccepting applications for final year students only
Vet Nurses – see below for multiple role optionsYes
Animal AttendantYes
Customer Service Representative – casualCasual immediate start.
Scheduling and Payroll CoordinatorFull time
Vet Nurse Learning & Development CoordinatorFull time: Current accepting applications
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Veterinary Internships

AREC is currently running our 2021 Emergency Internship. We have three wonderful interns who are rotating through Surgery and ECC. We are now accepting applications for 2022!

Applications are now open for:

Three 2022 internship positions starting early 2022. 

Who are we looking for?

  • Both recent graduates and ambitious new graduates are encouraged to apply
  • Be willing to embrace challenges and a high paced learning environment
  • Excellent communication skills and a team player attitude
  • A desire to constantly learn and be accountable for your learning

What is in it for you?

  • Working with a close-knit team who are all passionate about patient and client care
  • A fantastic learning environment across the referral service at AREC and the chance to develop a professional relationship with our referral vets.
  • A mentor and manager who is one of our Vet Team Leaders, working with you on the floor in Emergency and Critical Care
  • Training in consulting techniques, workplace wellness, mental health and communication training.
  • Enrolment in the Improve International Accelerated Emergency Program providing you with access to Emergency and Critical Care Specialists along with a post-graduate certification with the ISVPS Foundation Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care (course fees covered by AREC) https://improveinternational.com.au/course/global-accelerated-emergency-program/
  • Our team is important to us. We come from a diverse range of backgrounds. At work, our decisions and behaviour are governed by our core values of Respect, shown through Diligence, Professionalism, Excellence, Empathy, and Integrity.
  • We run an extensive range of learning opportunities, including:
  • CPR RECOVER Certified Training – every two months
  • Practical wet labs
  • Ultrasound training
  • Emergency and Critical Care tutorials weekly
  • Rounds: shared case discussions
  • Ventilator training
  • A competitive intern salary of $62,204 for a 38 hour week.

We have found people really feel like they know us better once they have watched our Video.

“Who We Are & What We Do” 




Vet Student University Placement

We welcome final year university students studying vet science and looking to explore an interest in emergency, critical care, medicine and surgery.
Our referral vets, ER vets and nurses are keen to help vet students grow in their final year before graduating. In addition to assisting in varied complicated medical and surgical cases, vet students are invited to join in any of our in-house training/mentoring sessions that are operating during their rotation with us such as:

  • Weekly ECC Book Club
  • Practicing procedures in Wet Labs
  • CPR training
  • Mortality and Morbidity Rounds, Grand Rounds
  • Ultrasound training
  • Training in Approach to the Emergency Patient

During your time off, we recommend exploring Newcastle’s beautiful beaches and bush walks, Lake Macquarie, the Hunter Valley vineyards, and lots of great cafes and restaurants. We also have a large and collaborative vet community with over 50 clinics and a wide range of experience and expertise to meet!

We are able to accept applications for final year students only.

To apply for a placement please enter your details via the below form.


Veterinary Nurse Roles

We currently have only casual vet nurse positions available.

AREC is a progressive learning space with a newly developing Nursing Progression Plan. Allowing for those with a passion for exceptional patient care to develop the skills needed in the ECC and referral space.* Hours can be negotiated with the ability to work beyond contracted hours up to full-time equivalent.

For more information; https://arecvet.com.au/vet-nurses/

Emergency & Critical Care Vet Nurse Positions (Casual Roles)

Does the thrill of never knowing exactly what kind of patient is going to walk through the door each night excite you?

You will be working alongside our team of Emergency and Critical Care staff with the view of progressing (with training) into sole charge emergency nursing shifts.

This position would be suitable for nurses with previous experience in this role or those who are looking for a new direction with their nursing.
These positions are ideal for experienced GP nurses looking to develop their skills, or for experienced nurses looking for a change.

You :

  • Preferred minimum 3 years GP experience in a busy practice.
  • Experience in working both sole charge and in a team.
  • Positive outlook.
  • Flexibility to work some Public Holidays, Weekends, Overnights (eg 8 pm until 6 am).
  • Confident in your basic nursing skills.
  • A willingness to learn.
  • Ability to stay calm in a busy environment
  • A drive to experience something new and challenging
  • Certificate IV or equivalent in Veterinary Nursing
  • High quality written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise and multi-task

About the job:

  • Nursing;
  • intravenous catheter placement, intravenous blood samples, assisting with radiographs, bandaging, monitoring anaesthetics.
  • Ensure appropriate diagnostics are performed and results recorded and communicated
  • Advanced nursing techniques such as ventilator care
  • Communicate patient progress to staff, clients and referral hospitals
  • Assisting other nurses and doctor
  • Reception Duties
  • Handle patients in line with our “Low-Stress Handling” Techniques

AREC can offer:

  • On-the-job training of more advanced Nursing Procedures
  • Continuing Education Allowance and Study Leave for permanent staff
  • Above award remuneration – our overnight penalty rates are especially attractive/competitive!
  • We like toys and gadgets and have all the usual, plus extras like a CT machine.
  • A modern workplace with an ethical framework
  • We’re a team, we all pitch in to get the job done and have fun while we’re doing it

We currently are only offering casual positions.
** Please note, casual position requirements are a minimum of 2 shifts per month and include overnight shifts.

Veterinary Nurse – Animal Attendant (Casual Roles)

These positions are ideal for GP nurses who don’t yet have the experience and skills required to be one of our Emergency & Critical Care Nurses – yet are keen to progress your career path in this direction.

You will need to be available for shift work – overnight, weekends & public holidays.

We have a structured Progression Plan implemented to develop our emerging Animal Attendants to become our next Emergency & Critical Care Nurses!

Come and be a part of a supportive learning environment where you can increase your skills knowledge and become confident in your Emergency Nursing abilities.

You are:

  • Interested in a career in emergency & critical care and wish to progress through to an Emergency & Critical Care Nursing level
  • Passionate in providing exceptional patient and client care
  • Committed to ongoing continuous professional development
  • A like-minded person who fits in with our team and values and supports our culture
  • Organised and self-driven
  • Have the ability to find out what the client needs, even when they are distressed. Ensuring clients are informed and happy.
  • Able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment


  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  •  A minimum of 1-2 years experience in general practice
  • A passion for Emergency & Critical Care
  • Extremely high quality written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise and multi-task
  • Have good knowledge of hospital hygiene and general clinic workflow requirements
  • Good animal handling ability and knowledge of low-stress handling

About the job:

  • Animal Attending (entry-level)
  • Ensure hospital workflow is efficient by maintaining hospital hygiene and floor stock levels
  • Patient care – walking, feeding, grooming, bathing and cage care of inpatients
  • Assisting nurses and vets with animal handling, procedures, IV placement, blood draws, IV fluids set up, X-rays and ultrasounds.
  • Assisting with TPR duties under supervision and as directed by nurses.
  • Surgery assistance (set up and maintenance of Surgical areas)
  • Reception Duties
  • Handle patients in line with our “Low-Stress Handling” Techniques
  • Learning!! Lots and lots of learning!!
  • This position is for shift workers – overnights, weekends and public holidays.
  • Casual positions require a minimum commitment of 2 shifts per month.

AREC can offer:

  • On-the-job training of Nursing procedures and continued skills development through our structured Progression Plan
  • Continuing Education Allowance and Study Leave for permanent staff
  • Above award remuneration
  • We like toys and gadgets and have all the usual, plus extras like a CT machine.
  • A modern workplace with an ethical framework
  • We’re a team; we all pitch in to get the job done and have fun while we’re doing it


Vet Nurse: Learning & Development Coordinator

This is a newly created role that will require input from the successful candidate. The L&D Nurse Coordinator will oversee, coordinate and deliver the clinical aspects of our Animal Attendant and Nurse progression for both Emergency and Referral services. From the recruitment of the required skill base to the ongoing learning needs of our most experienced nursing team members.

The L&D Coordinator will oversee clinical nursing processes, procedures and policies, to achieve gold standard clinical care and peace of mind. With best clinical practice, our hospital systems will work smoothly, efficiently and maximising capacity. Our nursing team will be aware and engaged in their ongoing learning and career pathways, utilising internal and external resources.

Operational tasks

  • Conduct clinical skills training on shift
  • Coordinate and deliver internal and external nurse training events
  • Oversee nursing staff performing their duties as per job descriptions – including workflow efficiencies
  • Complete & maintain operational reports, assessments and documentation,
  • Proficiently & proactively utilise IT platforms and systems with a capacity to build, improve and update learning modules in Sharepoint and other Microsoft 365 product suite.
  • Liaise with a range of stakeholders including; People & Culture Manager, Vet Director, CEO
  • Plan and execute Annual Training modules according to the need of individuals and the business. This will include annual training & assessments for experienced team members & those returning to work after extended absences such as maternity leave and injury.
  • Demonstrate an ROI of learning & development activities – both through planning and review
  • Assist with the development, implementation and training of nurse training materials and resources
  • Execute this to floor staff through clinical policies, procedures and planned training programs

Leadership & Qualities

  • Promotes and encourages AREC Core Values of RESPECT by demonstrating Diligence, Professionalism, Excellence, Empathy and Integrity
  • Coaches, mentors and supports nursing staff – including Senior & Nurse Team Leaders
  • Displays a high level of Emotional Intelligence that allows you to see and appreciate perspectives held by team members at all levels within the organisation
  • Displays excellent communication skills to be able to have respectful, difficult conversations with team members at all levels within the organisation, pet owners, referral clinics and vendors
  • Demonstrates excellent communication & relationship building skills – both verbal and written with high regard for confidentiality
  • Ensures actions are taken to build and maintain good teamwork and morale
  • Demonstrates & role models excellence and professionalism in all areas of behaviour and communication
  • Be able to demonstrate your ongoing learning and professional associations and networking
  • Assist in strategy execution of quarterly business priorities

Qualifications and Experience 

  • Certificate IV in Vet Nursing
  • Minimum five years nursing experience including Emergency and Critical Care and ideally Specialist areas
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment preferred
  • Vet Nurse Diploma in Emergency and Critical Care preferred
  • Experience in group facilitation

The Nursing L&D Coordinator will report to the Practice Manager. You will be expected to work across a flexible schedule, including weekdays, weekends, Public Holidays and evenings up until midnight. (Overnights are not required). This is a full time, salaried role & package in line with 

Customer Service Representative – Casual

We have a position available for our busy 24/7 vet clinic. We are a unique business with opportunity to learn and grow. We are looking for someone to begin asap in a casual capacity that is able to work a wide range of days and times.

Our mission is to provide Peace of Mind for our clients – that is, both pet owners of the Hunter and the local vet clinics to have relief for after hours, emergencies and referral services.  You will be key to ensuring clients receive gold standard customer service during sometimes very stressful times for pet owners.


  • Managing incoming calls & patient enquiries, medical records, test results
  • Managing correspondence including mail, email, contributing to newsletters
  • Coordinating appointments and calendar management for veterinarians
  • Billing and financial responsibilities including; banking & reconciliation, processing payments, invoices, receipts & follow up on outstanding accounts
  • General admin may include but is not restricted to; maintain spreadsheets, database management, process and policy reviews, routine and regular tidy and clean of reception and waiting areas, ordering of stationary, document management
  • WHS: Be aware and comply with WHS requirements
  • Contribution of patient stories to our newsletters – which could also be used for our social media
  • Willingness to be one of our social media admins would be an advantage

Selection Criteria

  • A minimum 2 years previous experience working as a receptionist – health, vet or medical would be an advantage although not essential
  • Exceptional telephone manner
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A professional, mature and caring manner
  • High level of computer literacy and typing skills
  • Ability to work with a positive, ‘nothing is too hard’ attitude
  • Outstanding organisational skills with the capacity to work under pressure

Shifts range in times from 6am-3pm or 3pm-midnight including a mix of weekdays and weekends.
Given the nature of our business, flexibility to work a range of these hours is important.

If you are keen to be a part of a highly compassionate and hard-working team of veterinarians and vet nurses we would love to hear from you.
Please apply with both CV and cover letter by clicking the ‘I’m Interested’ button below


Scheduling and Payroll Co-ordinator  

Are you a roster manager who is a guru problem solver, with excellent communication and people skills?
You manage to work at a fast pace, yet with superior attention to detail?

This role ensures our hard-working shift worker vets and nurses, are supported by having a fully staffed team present on shift every day and night. It is a role that is best suited to someone who enjoys getting to know a large team, and working with them to find the right balance for the business of 24/7 animal patient care.

The right fit for our team would be someone who can think outside the box, is comfortable with change, and can take a creative and positive approach to problem-solving.

You will be responsible for preparing and managing rosters and schedules for our 90+ employees using Kronos WorkForce Ready, and managing a fortnightly payroll using MYOB.

You will report directly to the head of People and Culture in this role, however will also work closely with the Vet Director and Practice Manager.  You will not have any direct line reporting responsibilities. This role will also include some administrative duties to support the AREC Executive team.

Key responsibilities:
Ensuring our around the clock shifts are scheduled, employees are rostered onto shifts, and the Hospital is adequately staffed.
Responsibility for processing online onboarding of new employees
Responsibility for processing and managing the fortnightly payroll run along with general payroll duties
Responsibility for general administrative tasks for the Executive team

Technical skills:
Sound IT skills required.
Ability to use a Scheduling/rostering system essential
Knowledge of and prior experience using Kronos WorkForce Ready Suite and MYOB will be highly regarded
Knowledge of the Animal Care and Vet Services Award is desirable, but not essential
Knowledge of Excel spreadsheets and calculations and ability to produce and manipulate a Microsoft Word document required
Ability to create and maintain appropriate Hospital policies and procedures relevant to the role
Prior experience in a Human or Animal Health environment is highly regarded

Personal Conduct/Performance:
Able to work both autonomously and as part of a larger team
Execute strong communication skills in dealings with Shift Worker employees
Live our Core Values on a daily basis

Selection Criteria:

  • Prior Scheduling/rostering experience required
  • Prior Payroll experience required
  • Outstanding organizational skills with the capacity to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Previous experience in human or animal health in a scheduling role highly desired
  • Love of animals and the people that care for them is essential

This position is permanent full-time Monday to Friday.  Hours can be negotiated for the right candidate.  No weekend work is required for this role.

If you have any questions, please email HR@arecvet.com.au [link removed]

If you are keen to be a part of a highly compassionate and hardworking team of professionals we are keen to hear from you!

Please apply with both CV and cover letter by clicking the ‘I’m Interested’ button below