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Careers at SPCA New Zealand

Head of Veterinary Services

Full-time, permanent position

Location: Mangere, Auckland

SPCA is one of the best loved and most respected charities in New Zealand, with a proud history of helping animals in need since 1883. SPCA Auckland cares for animals that have been lost, abandoned, injured, or abused.

We are looking for an experienced and capable Head of Veterinary Services to take on the management of our in-house Veterinary Hospital. You would play a crucial role in leading a highly collegial team and filling one of the most rewarding roles available in animal care.

In this role, you will be overseeing our vets, providing leadership on all veterinary matters throughout the hospital and helping to set the professional standards of animal care and hygiene for the SPCA. Vets at the village are supported by qualified nurses along with multiple assistants and volunteers.

The SPCA handles approximately 10,000 animals per year and the opportunity for education and experience is limitless. While our work is comprised of shelter work, the sheer number of cases we see in a year allows for more experiences and learning than just ‘shelter work’.

The hospital is equipped with all the daily functioning equipment along with digital full body and dental x-ray, dental machine, IV fluid pumps, surgical suite and anaesthetic monitoring equipment.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • You will be a confident people person and have team management experience
  • Comfortable working with a large number of nursing staff along with 5th year vet students and you would need to work with several different groups within the SPCA Village
  • Ability to act as a leader within a team and be willing to work cooperatively with other departments on an everyday basis
  • The successful candidate will be confident with both surgery and medicine and have a minimum of 2-3 years’ experience. Further experience and clinical qualifications would be looked on favourably but we are seeking a leader not necessarily an advanced clinician

Your responsibilities would span over a 5 day work week (1 weekend required per month) and the package includes 4 weeks annual leave, Continual Professional Development (CPD) leave and a reimbursement package along with paid veterinary memberships. You will be supported by a Head Nurse and a Clinic Administrator.

If you think you have what it takes and want to contribute to the welfare of thousands of Auckland’s animals in need, please CLICK HERE to apply. Applications close at 4pm on Friday 20th October.

Applications without a cover letter and CV will not be accepted.

A position description is available on request by emailing paula.quigley@spca.org.nz.

 


Veterinary Nurse

Full time, permanent veterinary nurse

Location: Mangere, Auckland

SPCA is one of the best loved and most respected charities in New Zealand, with a proud history of helping animals in need since 1883. SPCA cares for animals that have been lost, abandoned, injured, or abused.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate Veterinary Nurse to work in our veterinary hospital in Mangere. In this exciting role you will be working with a great team in a unique, challenging and high volume environment and you will have many opportunities to further develop and strengthen your nursing skills.

Our dedicated team of veterinary nurses provide professional support to our hospital vets to achieve the best outcome for animals. You will be expected to demonstrate a high level of professionalism and empathy, and as part of the team, ensure that the animals receive best practice care and treatment.

You will be required to work some weekends and public holidays on a rostered basis.

Required attributes

  • Veterinary nursing qualification
  • Practical experience in a veterinary clinic
  • Dedication to animal welfare
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Great time management
  • Good retention and recognition
  • Able to work with and support both staff members and volunteers
If you are interested in a role where no two days are the same, and the work you do every day makes a difference to the lives of animals in need, we want to hear from you! SPCA is a great place to work where some of the benefits include a caring team environment, lots of fun staff events and discounted pet food and accessories.

If you think you have what it takes and want to contribute to the welfare of thousands of Auckland’s animals in need, please CLICK HERE to apply.

Applications without a cover letter and CV will not be accepted.

A position description is available on request by emailing paula.quigley@spca.org.nz.

 


Health & Safety – Project Role

Fixed-term 6 month position

Location: TBD

Reporting to: General Manager - People and Safety

From 1 November 2017 SPCA will become one unified organisation with one strategy and one 'voice' to improve animal welfare across New Zealand.

We are currently on a journey to embed a One SPCA mind-set and will need to review all our principles, systems and processes to ensure consistent and effective delivery.

We are fully committed to ensuring a safe environment for our employees and volunteers. We are seeking a confident and highly organised person who can help develop a quality-focussed Health & Safety Strategy for the SPCA. Health, Safety and systems will be your passion and you will have a knack for engaging and motivating people.  The role will include the review and development of a governance and operational Health & Safety framework, including the selection and implementation of a Health & Safety system and database to hold all related documentation and facilitate effective reporting. You will also be responsible for developing consistent Training and audit systems and processes to align with legislation and our organisational goals.

In this role, you will:

  • Review the current SPCA Health & Safety Strategy and propose amendments as necessary
  • Develop a governance and reporting framework for SPCA Health & Safety
  • Review and make recommendations on the current Health & Safety systems to deliver the following requirements:
    • Personnel records showing training attendance, frequency, pass/fail etc.
    • Suite of Health & Safety policies
    • Library of standard operating procedures (SPCA 'How To' documents)
    • Library of Health & Safety forms
    • Library of training modules and information
    • Reporting information on hazards, incidences, meetings and audits
    • Tracking investigations of accidents
  • Develop a training system plan to deliver the organisations Health & Safety training needs
  • Develop a Health & Safety culture assessment tool and methodology
  • Develop an audit system to ensure all sites are procedurally compliant with respective reporting
  • Develop Board training and a checklist of responsibilities to facilitate Board audits
  • Develop work plans to achieve compliance across all SPCA sites
Knowledge and Experience:
  • Proven success in the field of Health and Safety compliance
  •  Previous experience in a project management role
  • In depth knowledge of the New Zealand legislation Health & Safety at Work Act 2015
Skills & Abilities:
  • Ability to research and implement systems that work
  • Strong communication skills – verbal and written
  • Excellent time management, organisational and planning ability
  • Excellent inter-personal skills - ability to build rapport with others
  • Ability to motivate and encourage others to learn and develop
  • Ability to work cohesively and effectively with all SPCA staff and Volunteers
  • Professional in approach, open and engaging in manner
  • Commitment to the values of the SPCA
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing needs

If this is the job for you and you match all the above criteria, please CLICK HERE to apply. 

Applications close 4pm Friday 20th October 2017.

 


Please contact your local SPCA centre for other opportunities.

Animal Welfare Inspector

3 x full time, permanent positions available

  • Are you interested in compliance work and are passionate about animal welfare?
  • Are you looking for a job where you can really make a difference?

SPCA is one of the best loved and most respected charities in New Zealand, with a proud history of helping animals in need and advocating for animal welfare since 1883. We service the Auckland region between Port Waikato to Wellsford.

 

Every day of the year our Inspectorate team are investigating animal welfare complaints, enforcing the Animal Welfare Act, prosecuting offenders, responding to emergency animal welfare cases and advising people of their obligations in caring for their animals.

We are looking for motivated and suitably experienced people to join the SPCA Auckland Inspectorate Team. We currently have 3 positions available.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate extensive knowledge of the Animal Welfare Act, have practical experience with animals, and: 

·               Have the qualifications and experience required to hold an inspector warrant under the Animal Welfare Act, or be willing to train to reach this standard

·               Preferably be warranted and experienced as an Animal Welfare inspector

·               Be a self motivated team player, who is enthusiastic and passionate about a career as a compliance professional.

·               Have excellent communication and conflict management skills and the physical abilities to carry out the role effectively.

·               Have a flexible approach to the hours of work, be able to work unsupervised and to prioritise effectively, managing complex workloads.

·               Will have a full current New Zealand driver’s licence

A position description will be available on request.

If you meet all of the above criteria and wish to apply, then please send a copy of your CV and cover letter to the Human Resources Coordinator, Paula Quigley at paula.quigley@spca.org.nz

Applications close on Friday July 21st 2017.

Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.