Consultant: Adam Gould
Job Status: Permanent, Temporary / Full Time
2 positions exist for full time veterinarians to join our long established and expanding dairy mixed practice in north-west Tasmania, Australia.
Position 1: Full time, experienced cattle or mixed practice vet preferred
Position 2: Full time,8 month contract with option to extend if mutually suitable. Experienced dairy/mixed vet preferred to start from roughly April ’19
Whilst experienced vets are preferred, recent graduates with dairy cattle skills and exceptional new graduates with a dairy focus are welcome to apply.
Our surgery in Smithton is a predominantly dairy cattle practice but with a good mix of beef and small animals, horses and a taste of wildlife, birds and exotics. The dairy work includes normal farm visits and emergency work, herd health programs, bull fertility testing, consultancy work (mastitis, reproduction and nutrition), lameness as well as manual and ultrasound pregnancy testing. We have some great toys to make our lives easier, eg two mobile tipper crushes, five portable ultrasounds, bull fertility testing equipment and an in-house blood analyser for large and small animals. We have all the usual small animal equipment including bone plating gear and digital radiography as well as horse facilities and a powerfloat. We pride ourselves in being very active in the area of farmer education through the provision of seminars and courses, and also at a higher industry level with Dairy Australia.
We are an Australian Veterinary Association New Graduate Friendly accredited practice and pride ourselves on the strong level of professional support and backup that we provide for our vets. Several of our vets are ACV approved pregnancy test examiners. Smithton Veterinary Service is a recognized, extramural teaching site for a number of universities, and is one of five vet practices partnered with the University of Melbourne’s Dairy Resident Training Program.
Our modern, well equipped clinic is centrally located in Smithton a very progressive and intensive farming district. Smithton is located in the Circular Head district on the North West coast of Tasmania in the heart of Tasmania’s most intensive dairying and beef area – more than 60 000 milking cows with an average herd size of about 400 but many with 800 plus cows. Along with Tasmania’s relaxed lifestyle, Smithton and its surrounds offers a wide range of leisure and sporting activities. Iconic Cradle Mountain, many other national parks and magnificent coastal scenery are all within close proximity. Tasmania remains one of the best kept secrets in the world.
As part of Australia’s largest rural and production animal veterinary group we are able to offer considerable opportunities for training, personal development and career progression. Opportunities across the our clinics are encouraged, and we offer industry-leading internal training.
Salary is paid at above the award rate and is commensurate with your experience and abilities.
If you are an experienced vet or an exceptional new graduate with an enthusiastic work ethic and a genuine interest in dairy cattle, we would love to hear from you.