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Lead Veterinarian Cranbourne - Shelter Medicine

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 that has been serving the community for over 100 years. We are dedicated to providing compassionate veterinary care to all animals who find their way to us.

About the Role

The Lead Veterinarian Cranbourne– Shelter Medicine will lead and manage the dedicated team of three Veterinarians (1.6FTE) The Shelter Veterinary team perform critical work, managing a range of diverse cases daily and providing the care necessary to prepare them for life in a new home.

In this leadership role, you will foster a collaborative team culture and provide guidance to the Cranbourne Shelter Veterinary team to ensure that decisions are always made in the best interests of the animals in our care. You will promote the personal and professional growth of your team by encouraging them to embrace change and never stop learning.

With minimal client involvement, you will have the opportunity to diagnose and manage cases independently as well as collaboratively with other shelter veterinarians with a wide range of interests including ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery and behaviour medicine You will have the continuity of seeing animals through from start to finish as they progress along their journey with us. 

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

  • Ensuring best practice animal care in line with a modern shelter medicine model.
  • Implementing strategies to improve and manage patient flow, including reducing surgical waiting times and overall length of stay.
  • Maintaining the highest quality of staff veterinary teaching and mentoring.
  • Assisting with recruitment, retention, and professional development of staff.
  • Implementing 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 have excellent clinical skills, with the capability of diagnosing, treating, and managing a variety of illnesses and injuries in small animals. You will be flexible and have the ability to switch gears quickly, and you will be able to see the big picture and remain positive in challenging situations.

If you like your day to be predictable, working in an animal shelter may not be 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, this role could be perfect for you!

Our candidate must hold a Veterinary Registration with the Victorian Veterinary Board.

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 Saturday’s
  • Excellent remuneration, including generous financial assistance for approved studies and developmental activities.
  • Visa and relocation support available for international candidates 
  • Paid parental leave entitlements
  • 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 who wants to make a difference in the lives of lost or unwanted animals, we would love to hear from you.   

If this position interests you, please apply via our careers page ensuring you have included a copy of a cover letter and resume. If you have any questions regarding this role, please email  

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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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