Emergency Veterinary Permanent and Casual Positions Available. Approved sponsorship available and relocation allowance.


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AREC Veterinarians - Living in Newcastle, working at AREC


Would you like to be that calm, composed vet who thrives on adrenaline and keeps a cool head no matter what comes through the door? Does the thrill of working emergency cases excite you? We are looking for a veterinarian with at least 12 months experience to join our fantastic team.


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:

AREC offers an Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Development Programme suitable for vets working in general practice who are interested in becoming emergency clinicians and for vets with some ER experience who want to progress their ECC skills.

Whether you are a recent graduate or an experienced veterinarian, the AREC ECC Veterinary Development Programme offers veterinarians a tailored training programme to become confident clinicians in emergency and critical care.


The programme includes: 

  • Initial shifts are shadow shifts involving training on the floor working alongside our senior clinicians before starting any primary case management
  • These are followed by working supported shifts in which there is no sole charge work, so you are able to continue to learn under the guidance of our experienced ER vets.
  • Enrolment in Improve International Accelerated Emergency Programme: a comprehensive 3-month online course with weekly modules
  • Weekly mentoring sessions and case reviews with your veterinary Team Leader


In-house training in the form of: 

  • Practical wet labs: training in procedures/surgeries such as chest tube and feeding tube placement, tracheostomy, pericardiocentesis, splenectomy, enterotomy and gastropexy
  • CPR RECOVER Certified Training
  • Ultrasound training
  • Rounds: shared case discussions
  • Ventilator training
  • Endoscopy training
  • Consult skills training
  • Mental Health First Aid training
  • Self-care and mindfulness training
  • In-house seminars and tutorials
  • M&M Rounds


Your Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, or equivalent veterinary degree registrable in Australia, NSW.
  • A Veterinarian with at least 12 months experience. Training in core skills and mentoring from our Senior vets will be provided
  • Able to work shared overnights, weekends & public holidays – because that’s when the most fun happens.
  • Has a “can do” attitude
  • Takes delight in providing peace of mind to clients
  • Believes learning never stops


AREC can offer:

  • Our ECC Vet Development Programme will provide you with the training pathway and mentoring you need to be a confident ECC vet
  • Approved Sponsorship available for overseas candidates, which includes a relocation allowance
  • State of the art equipment.
  • Professional, registered and highly skilled nurses
  • 5 weeks leave FTE
  • VPB registration; VIN membership; CVE membership; VetEducation membership; VECCS membership; AVA membership; AtDOVE membership
  • Continuing Education Allowance and access to employer-funded benefits including memberships and registrations to professional organisations for eligible employees. 
  • On top of our competitive hourly rates you get paid overtime plus weekend and public holiday shift loading!
  • Paid attendance for compulsory staff meetings 
  • An engaged and committed leadership team that encourages growth and recognises positive contributions and feedback from the team 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Wellness Committee


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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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