Experienced Vet Nurse

Are you an experienced veterinary nurse wanting the opportunity to broaden your career horizons? And does the thrill of never knowing what kind of patient will walk through the door each night excite you?


About us:  

AREC (Animal Referral and Emergency Centre) was established in 2004 and is a privately owned and operated emergency veterinary hospital led by a singular, highly regarded emergency veterinarian, Dr. David Tabrett, who continues to work within the business. We are a family-oriented, non-corporate, ASAV accredited “Hospital of Excellence” practice with a collaborative team of more than 110 employees.  

Our team come from a diverse range of backgrounds and our decisions and behaviour are underpinned by our core values of Respect, Diligence, Professionalism, Excellence, Empathy, and Integrity. With a strong focus on professional development, mental health and work-life balance, our compassionate team and leadership are just a small part of what makes AREC special. 

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 offer relief for after-hours, emergencies, and referral services. 


The Role: 

The candidate will be working alongside our team of emergency staff with the view of progressing (with training) into sole-charge emergency nursing shifts. 

This position is targeted at nurses with previous experience in an ECC role and is ideal for experienced GP nurses looking to develop their skills in the emergency sector. 


Your Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Intravenous catheter placement, intravenous blood samples, assisting with radiographs, bandaging and 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 doctors, working in conjunction with our CSR team 
  • Reception duties 
  • Handle patients in line with our “low-stress handling” techniques 


Your Skills & Experience: 

  • A minimum of three years of nursing experience in a busy GP practice is essential (not including work experience or placement) 
  • Certificate IV or equivalent in veterinary nursing (essential) 
  • Experience in working both sole charge and in a team 
  • Confident in your nursing ability 
  • A positive outlook and a willingness to learn 
  • Flexibility to perform a variety of public holiday, weekend and overnight shifts 
  • Ability to stay calm, prioritise and multi-task in a busy environment 
  • Eagerness to embrace change and a challenge 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Show initiative and are a team player 
  • Participated in emergency surgeries such as GDV and ex-lap (desirable) 
  • Experience with snakebite and tick patients (desirable) 


AREC can offer:  

  • On-the-job training 
  • Continuing Education Allowance and access to employer-funded benefits including memberships and registrations to professional organisations for eligible employees.  
  • Competitive remuneration  
  • Paid attendance for compulsory staff meetings  
  • An engaged and committed leadership team that encourages growth and recognises positive contributions and feedback from the team  
  • Dedicated ‘Break Nurses’ on shift to encourage rest and improve staff wellbeing  
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Wellness Committee 
  • In-house pathology and advanced imaging 
  • A modern workplace with an ethical framework


MHFA - Skilled Workplace Recognition AREC VET



Sally Armstead – hr@arecvet.com.au 


How to Apply:  

If you are keen to be a part of a highly compassionate and hard-working team of healthcare professionals, we would love to hear from you. Please submit your application by clicking the apply now button below. 


AREC foster diversity and inclusion within the organization to create an environment where all individuals are valued and included.  

Note: All short-listed applicants will be required to undergo a pre-employment check to verify their identity, qualifications and experience in the form of a reference check. 


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