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  • Work type:

    Full Time

  • Location:

    North Melbourne

  • Job type:

    Veterinary Services

  • Date posted:

    AUS Eastern Standard Time

  • Applications close:

    AUS Eastern Standard Time

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Head Shelter Veterinarian

Job description

About Us:

The Lost Dogs' Home (LDH) is proud to be Australia's largest animal shelter, helping thousands of lost and abandoned animals each year. We are a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing outstanding veterinary care to animals who find their way to us and have been serving the community for over 100 years.

About the Role

The Head Shelter Veterinarian will lead and manage the dedicated team of Shelter Veterinarians. The Shelter Veterinary team perform critical work, treating a range of diverse cases daily, performing complex workups on shelter patients to prepare them for life in a new home.

In this leadership role, you will foster a collaborative team culture, making decisions in the best interests of the animals in our care whilst practicing the highest standard of veterinary medicine.  You will promote the personal and professional growth of your team to strive to never stop learning. 

With no client involvement, you will have the opportunity to diagnose and manage cases independently. You will have the continuity of seeing them through from start to finish as animals progress along their journey with us. 

On a day-to-day basis your management responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring best practice animal care;
  • Implementing strategies to improve and manage patient flow, reduce length of stay and surgical waiting times;
  • Maintaining the highest quality of staff veterinary teaching and mentoring;
  • Recruitment, retention, and professional development of staff;
  • Implement a culture of collaboration, teamwork, and excellence.


About You

You will be a highly skilled and experienced veterinarian and have the passion, drive, and ability to work well with people. You will be an experienced people leader, but also be hands-on in examining different types of animals, capable of diagnosing a variety of injuries and conditions, and utilise many diagnostic tools to determine the best treatment plans.  You will be flexible and have the ability to switch gears quickly without getting flustered or forgetting basic safety and procedures.

If you like your day to be predictable, working in an animal shelter is not for you. If on the other hand, you love animals and love the excitement of never knowing what is going to walk through the door or what challenges you may be asked to tackle then this role could be perfect for you.

What We Offer You:

  • Fantastic career development with the challenge of shelter work and extensive opportunities to develop skills in animal welfare and the unique area of shelter medicine.
  • Great work-life balance, Monday – Friday work, 1 in 4 weekends
  • Excellent remuneration, including support and financial assistance for approved studies and developmental activities.
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program and on-site counselling service
  • Opportunity to be involved in special projects.

If you share our vision and are an innovative and forward-thinking veterinary leader that can create a fun but, professional atmosphere where people thrive in an environment where no two days are alike, and you want to make a difference in the lives of lost or unwanted animals, we would love to hear from you.   

If this position sounds like you, please apply ensuring you have included a copy of a cover letter and resume. If you have any questions regarding this role, please email  

The successful applicant will be required to complete satisfactory background screening checks.
The Lost Dogs' Home is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Only candidates with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position.

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