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Careers at SPCA New Zealand

Animal Welfare Inspector


We have 15 paid internships available for application right now!

Inspectors play a vital role in the work of the SPCA. They are at the front line of the SPCA's mission to prevent cruelty to animals, but their role is also so much more than that.

SPCA Inspectors are called upon to work with communities to teach people how to look after their animals, to rescue abandoned or neglected animals, and provide hands-on treatment of animals where needed.

Because the SPCA is the only charity in New Zealand that can legally enforce the Animal Welfare Act 1999, our Inspectors also prosecute people who deliberately harm animals, and work with offenders to ensure that it does not happen again.

Do you have what it takes to be an SPCA Inspector?

Your strong work ethic, attitude and commitment are by far the most important factors when considering your suitability to become an SPCA Inspector.

Other qualities include:

  • Mature temperament, confident and able to make sound judgment calls
  • Ability to follow clear protocols and processes
  • Excellent information-gathering skills and the ability to record information accurately
  • The ability to work methodically, frequently dealing with multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities
  • Experience and/or basic knowledge of animals and their welfare needs
  • Being comfortable working in the community, with people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds
  • A desire to make a difference to the lives of animals across New Zealand
If all of the above sounds like what you are looking for, then our Inspectorate Training Programme might be for you!

Our ground breaking 3 months’ internship programme will potentially offer you the ability to gain a NZQA recognised qualification, whilst training to become an SPCA Inspector.

This is a unique opportunity to get real hands on experience in the role and get taught by the best in the Industry, at the end of which you may be offered a role as an Inspector with the SPCA.

Three regional courses will be offered based in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland respectively, although the classroom based training will be based in Auckland and Wellington for all interns and the ability to attend these week long block courses will therefore be mandatory. Please note that you may also need to find your own accommodation for these weeks.

What will you be doing?

Trainee Inspectors will participate in 3 modules over the three months programme. Each module comprises of a week’s classroom based learning and 3 weeks on the job learning, riding along with our experienced Inspectors. 

What does an SPCA Inspector's job involve?

An Inspector's primary role is to respond to complaints about the ill-treatment or neglect of a range of animals in the community.

There may be calls to emergency situations where animals require immediate assistance or rescue. Some instances may necessitate court action, so the Inspector is required to gather evidence and prepare a prosecution file.

Another significant part of an Inspector's duties is education. Often, animals are unintentionally neglected and those responsible are genuinely upset by the incident. In these cases, the Inspector can initiate change immediately through the provision of information and positive education.

Trainees will assist our Inspectors in all of the above tasks and gain some incredibly valuable real-world experience as a result.

The Internship is likely to start on the 8th July 2018 and is offered as a 3 months fixed-term training contract. Whilst there is no guarantee of ongoing work, the SPCA will assess all trainees at the end of the programme, and offer Animal Welfare Inspector permanent warranted roles to those candidates that meet our requirement.

We can only offer this internship to NZ/Australian Citizens or NZ Residents.

If this sounds like the role for you, then click here to apply.
Applications close 9am on Monday 28th May 2018.



 Veterinary Nurse

Location: SPCA Auckland Centre, Mangere

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 8.00am- 4.30pm, 5 rostered days per week

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.

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.

We are currently on the lookout for a full time, motivated, compassionate, fully qualified vet nurse with an excellent work ethic and a minimum of 1-year clinical experience. We are able to offer the successful applicant a great team to work with, a unique, challenging environment and an opportunity to further develop and strengthen your nursing skills.

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

Required attributes

  • Veterinary nursing qualification
  • Minimum of 1-year clinical experience
  • Able to do IV injections, IV placement, blood collection and other laboratory processing, x-rays, general anesthetic monitoring, surgical and inpatient nursing
  • Great team player
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Great time management
  • 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! 

Please apply via QJumpers  with your CV and cover letter outlining your interest in the role and how your skills match the criteria. Applications without a cover letter will NOT be considered.

Applications close 11th June. 

Veterinary Services Manager

Location: SPCA Auckland Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

Contract: Full-time, permanent position

Direct Reports: 10 (3 fulltime vets, 5 locum vets, Head Nurse and Clinic Administrator)

We are looking for an experienced and capable Veterinary Services Manager to take on the management of our Veterinary Hospital in our Auckland Centre. You would play a crucial role in leading a highly collegial team and filling one of the most rewarding roles available in animal care. Previous leadership experience of hospital teams is a must.

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. You will also be part of the management team at Auckland and so will be the key link and communicator between the hospital and the rest of the shelter.

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 leader and have at least 2 years of team management experience
  • Comfortable communicating with a large number of hospital staff, along with 5th year vet students and you would need to work with several different groups within the SPCA Auckland Centre
  • 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
Benefits include:
  • 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
  • An amazing opportunity to live and work in New Zealand
  • You will be supported by a Head Nurse and a Clinic Administrator
  • Better work stories! Working directly with the animals for the animals with minimal client interaction
  • 4.30pm finish every day (no after hours) & minimal weekend shifts - more time to enjoy stunning New Zealand!
  • Opportunity to work with a devoted team whose core values are about reducing suffering and improving the welfare of the abandoned animals in need
If you think you have what it takes and want to contribute to the welfare of thousands of Auckland's animals in need, please apply with your CV and Cover Letter to

SPCA is able to support Work Visa applications for qualified overseas applicants. Please note you need to be eligible for NZVA membership to practice as a Vet in New Zealand. Check out for more information. 

position description is available on request.

Please contact your local SPCA centre for other opportunities.

 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

Applications close on Friday July 21st 2017.

Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.