The Austin Vet Specialists

Specialist Internal Medicine
Head of Department

The Austin Vet Specialists is a new veterinary specialist centre in Adelaide, South Australia. As an independent centre, we have the freedom and flexibility to do things our way (for example: we named our centre after our cat!).


As our growth continues, it is time to expand our services. An exciting opportunity has opened for a Head of Internal Medicine to join our team.


(And if you’re not sure about moving to South Australia – read on, I guarantee you will be tempted)



About the role:

The Austin is looking for a Specialist Internal Medicine (FANZCVS, ECVIM, ACVIM) who is passionate about patient care and leading/building a department.


Are you ready for the next step in your career?


We are offering the freedom to design and shape a medicine department to your liking. We have a dedicated medicine area which is ready to be occupied. It just needs you to choose all the equipment (full budget provided - ask us). This will include influence on the layout of the medicine room, choice of equipment, choice of support team (nurses, interns, residents) and more.



Why join us?

Build the Internal Medicine department of the future!

Whilst the job market is a buyer’s market at the moment, this position is unique. We want to be a force for change with a proper work-life balance (no weekends or public holidays), referral work only (no ER), excellent financial reward (including equity if desired) and the possibility to shape this role to your liking. Are you ready for the next step in your career? 


You will have complete freedom to design your bespoke role and involvement.


So if you have big ideas – excellent, we love it! Let’s chat - we want to hear all about them!



How we work

Your daily work will revolve around the collaborative care of the medicine patients in hospital and accepting consults from referring vets during our opening hours (8am-6pm). Whilst we will have overnight care, we do not intend to act as a 24/7 emergency service, and no overnight, weekend or public holiday care is expected.


Additionally, as Head of Department, you will need to be:

  • Passionate about quality and collaboration

  • Lead and inspire the team

  • Create a thriving, harmonious and supportive workplace

  • Interested in business development and management

  • Opportunities to develop innovative ideas

  • Potential desire to open residency programme


Building a new department properly takes time. We understand this. We are very excited about this role (and hope you are too!) and are committed to the long term. We would rather go slow and constructively than hurry. Talk to us today to find out more…



About The Austin:

We are a vibrant team of experienced veterinary specialists in surgery (DipECVS and FANZCVS) and diagnostic imaging (DipECVDI). Our entire team is carefully hand-picked for their attitude to patient care and the ability to work together.


Our aim is to enable personal and professional happiness and fulfilment. This sounds lofty but we believe firmly that supporting career development (and passions), which will lead to a more engaged and happier team. Which will, in turn, lead to better care for pets.


The hospital has all the instruments necessary to enable our specialists to relish their chosen careers, and flourish. This includes a spacious reception with dedicated client care services, large central treatment area with intensive care nursing facilities, radiology wing (including new ultrasound machines, new 64 slice CT scanner, fluoroscopy and cloud-based PACS), fully kitted theatres (including orthopaedic, soft tissue and neurosurgery) and much more including access to 3T MRI scanner and PET-CT scanner. In addition to our hospital duties, we also have a mobile ultrasound service, and expansion with our own high-field MRI is planned in the future.



You will enjoy:

  • Four-day workweek – we care about a proper work/life balance!

  • A proper work/life balance with 6 weeks of annual leave and option for more leave if desired.

  • Each role will attract a salary starting at $250,000 or more (depending on experience) and includes bonus options and opportunities for equity partnership.

  • We will assist and pay for all relocation and immigration fees, and provide sponsorship (for immigration purposes) if needed.

  • The usual perks: 12 public holidays per year (2.5 weeks extra holiday), continuing education fund, long service leave (3 month sabbatical after 10 years of service), contribution to your superannuation (pension) and paid parental leave.


Needless to say, we fully support further education and career advancements, including the development of new techniques (e.g. interventional radiology, oncology, cardiology and more). We will also provide time and support for scientific studies, performing lectures and other individual interests.


You will need to be eligible for Specialist Registration in South Australia which requires a Diploma from the FANZCVS, ECVIM or ACVIM.



Our values

  • We will invest in your continuing education but need you to bring the motivation. In return, we will provide you with a challenging and satisfying career. 

    • We will provide a happy workplace (including dealing with any negative workplace behaviour) to ensure you enjoy working with us. At The Austin, we take recruitment very seriously because we know it is important to get the right people.

  • Being a specialist centre, expect ambitious standards and awesomeness but also expect a lot of happiness and fulfillment from your job.

  • Oh...and bring your dog to work – we have a dedicated pooch lounge for our team!



Why South Australia?

Adelaide is a fantastic place to live, with emphasis on ‘live’. The lifestyle is unparalleled to other Australian cities. It enjoys a Mediterranean climate and has all the amenities you could desire from a city of 2 million people (including outstanding schools), but also has the most amazing beaches (west facing so sunsets!). Ten minutes outside the city you will find the scenic Adelaide Hills with free-roaming kangaroos and koalas as well as the world-renown wineries in the Barossa Valley and Maclaren Vale. An abundance of National Parks are within a lazy drive from Adelaide. Real estate is cheap with ample opportunity to live on the beach, or have that house in the country.


Come for a fixed period of time or stay longer – the choice is yours. We understand family needs and travel needs, so everything is open for discussion…talk to us and see.



Want to know more?

If our vision and ethos resonate with you or for a friendly no-strings-attached chat – email us at Please note we are non-corporate and do not have large recruitment departments so instead you will speak directly to us…we’re very friendly (really, we are) so don’t worry!



Please note that applications will close soon unless the position is filled prior so submit your application promptly.



Application process

Please send your CV and cover letter to Xander Huizing at Please include a cover letter including your reason for applying for this position and what attracted you to The Austin. Please also include your future career goals and prior experience. All applications will be treated confidentially, but please make sure you include contactable referees.