Surgery Vet Nurse
Canberra ACT

An opportunity for a Surgery Veterinary Nurse to join our Canberra team on a full-time basis.

• Challenge and enhance your existing Veterinary Nursing skills
• Join a close-knit and mutually supportive team
• Free on-site parking and close to public transport

Animal Referral Hospital (ARH) Canberra is a 24-hour emergency and specialist referral hospital with a dedicated team working across ECC, Internal Medicine and Surgery. We aim to provide a comprehensive emergency and referral service to veterinarians, their clients and their patients.

An opportunity for a patient-focused veterinary nurse to work with two boarded Specialist Surgeons, a surgical Resident, a surgical Intern and a team of highly skilled surgical nurses. This position is a permanent full-time role involving four 10-hour weekday shifts Monday to Friday, primarily focused on assisting with surgical consultations and procedures, surgical theatre set-up and maintenance, anaesthetic monitoring, surgical prep, care and maintenance of surgical instruments, and post-operative patient care.

About Your New Role
• Carry out surgical patient admission and discharge procedures
• Maintenance of paperless patient charts and records (Smartflow)
• Performing IV catheterisation, blood collection and laboratory work
• Assisting with diagnostic imaging procedures (radiography, CT & MRI)
• Surgical theatre set-up and clean-up
• Surgical patient aseptic preparation
• Anaesthetic monitoring
• Assisting surgeons in theatre
• Post-operative patient care
• Instrument cleaning, maintenance and autoclaving
• Surgery inpatient management, feeding, toileting and medicating, including care and maintenance of drains and feeding tubes etc.

About You
• Minimum of 3 years nursing experience, preferably in a specialist/referral or emergency environment (but not essential)
• Minimum Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing or equivalent
• Knowledge of RxWorks and Smartflow will be highly regarded (but not essential)
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adapt to changing work environments and schedules
• Ability to work sole charge, but also as part of a close-knit team
• Exceptional time management and organisational skills
• Exceptional customer service and strong communication skills
• Highly motivated, strong work ethic, mature and responsible

This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic veterinary nurse to demonstrate and expand on their existing skills and knowledge. The successful candidate will be exposed to a varied and interesting caseload, making a difference to highly critical patients.

The team is friendly and supportive, the hospital has state-of-the-art facilities, the pay is commensurate to experience, and ongoing training is encouraged.

How to Contact Us
If you would like to know more about the role or apply, please send your query to Jasdeep Phull, Business Manager on



Job Categories: Vet Nurse
Job Types: Full Time
Job Locations: ACT

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To apply, please submit your details below. For a confidential chat, or to learn more about opportunities with us please contact or speak directly with our Talent Acquisition Partner by region:

Lisa Willis – Victoria – Email or 0402 715 425
Abbie Smith – QLD & WA – Email or 0412 966 031
Aimee Elliott- SA, NSW & ACT – Email or 0401 162 466
Matthew Lacey – Specialty & Emergency (National) – Email or 0402 715 462

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