The Austin Vet Specialists is growing. Having opened in May 2022, we see an ever-growing and exciting caseload of mostly small animals with the occasional exotic and zoo animal (think lion, capybara, orangutan). And now, Internal Medicine is coming to The Austin!
With the addition of Internal Medicine in April 2023, a unique opportunity exists for a Medicine Nurse to lead our new Medicine nursing team.
About Medicine Nurse:
We are looking for an experienced Vet Nurse, ideally with prior referral experience, to lead our Medicine nursing team and join our Senior Nursing Team.
The Internal Medicine department will open in April 2023 and consist of two board-certified Internal Medicine specialists, two medicine interns, the Medicine Nurse and an awesome team of rotating nurses.
The daily work will revolve around the participation in the small animal internal medicine service as well as providing collaborative care of the patients in hospital. This will include coordinating the patient care within the Internal Medicine department, the anaesthesia and preparation of Internal Medicine patients and supporting the nursing team as they rotate through the Internal Medicine Department. Additionally, this role will ensure exceptional client communication and the building of strong relationships with referring vets.
Besides the clinical work, this role is responsible for formulating and delivering nursing education programs within the Internal Medicine department, as well as fostering a culture that supports and promotes quality improvement and innovative models of care. This role works close with the Head Nurse to ensure quality through the assessment and evaluation of clinical procedures within the nursing team.
About The Austin:
We are young but ambitious with lofty standards. Our custom-built hospital (900m2) is designed around a synergistic approach to patient care. Between specialists in Internal Medicine, Surgery and Radiology, we work as one team to ensure outstanding patient care and exceptional customer service.
Our hospital includes a large reception with dedicated client care services, surgery wing, internal medicine wing, radiology wing (including new 64 slice CT scanner), large central treatment area with intensive care facilities, and much more including access to rehab/physio, 3T MRI scanner and PET-CT scanner.
Our hospital has all the instruments necessary to enable our medicine team to relish their chosen careers, and flourish. This includes a specifically designed medicine wing with endoscopy, fluoroscopy, Holter monitoring, oncology services, all in-house blood gas/biochemistry/haematology machines, mechanical ventilation, invasive blood pressure monitoring and much more.
About this role:
This role will be lively, exciting and fulfilling and to enjoy it fully, you will:
Be passionate about, and a proven track record of, delivering the highest standards of patient care, going above and beyond to help our clients and their pets
Provide clinical support and education to nurses to enable them to achieve their fullest potential
Develop and maintain standards of care including SOP formulation, competency checklists and performance reviews
Have the motivation to continue your own personal and professional development
Can embrace change and take ownership of this role
We love new ideas (innovation) so this is the fantastic opportunity to input your original ideas, no matter how novel! All ideas are valid, not all will work; we just need people with the courage to try.
Maintain a positive demeanour even under stress
Respect the value every person brings to the organisation, regardless of their role
Can add flair and initiative to the team
We encourage applications from veterinary nurses with prior referral/specialist experience as well as nurses wanting to progress their career. Mainly we encourage applications from people who want to progress their nursing career, love a laugh and care deeply about their patients.
Being a nice person is more important to us than experience!
Full training and support will be provided so if you’d like to take the next step in your career within a caring and supportive team – get in touch!
The ideal candidate will have the following skills and expertise:
A minimum of 4 years veterinary practice and/or hospital environment, preferably in a specialist centre
Completed formal qualifications in Veterinary Nursing, Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing or higher
Demonstrated current advanced veterinary nursing knowledge with demonstrated experience as a mentor
Ability to mentor and train staff in clinical competencies
Ability to provide a high level of emergency care to all animals within the organisation
Excellent animal handling and triaging skills
Competent in the management of complex clinical cases requiring substantial professional experience and initiative
What’s in it for you?
We will invest in your continuing education (including RECOVER CPR, further Nursing Diplomas and Management training) 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!
The role is permanent and fulltime (38 hours over 4 days per week) with a rotating roster. Financial loading and other incentives apply providing an attractive salary ($32-45/hr) which will grow with you as you develop your career. We believe in a work-life balance so there will be no weekends and no public holidays!
If you believe you have the talent to fulfil this role and want to be a part of a friendly, but dynamic environment, please Apply Now.
Please note that applications will close 19th February 2023 unless the position is filled prior to this date so submit your application promptly.
Please send your CV and cover letter to Xander Huizing at email@example.com. 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.