Vet Jobs Ireland - Cork

Equine - Vet Surgeon
Ref: 3359 Date Posted: Monday 18 Jan 2021
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Salary: €50,000 - €63,000, depending on experience

Package: Supportive and friendly working environment with excellent package and benefits. A Group Personal Pension Plan is provided, Healthshield: The cash plan from ‘Healthshield’ provides reimbursement of some medical expenses up to the specified limits per membership, Life Assurance and Private Health Cover.

Type of Work: Head of Veterinary Services. Applicants must have a Veterinary Degree and be VCI registered. 

Job Details: Fantastic opportunity available working with an international animal welfare organisation, offering care and protection to donkeys and mules worldwide, working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. Achieving this by transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.

You will provide day to day management of the clinical team, which includes a veterinary surgeon, 3 nurses, 2 lab technicians, an administrator and 4 grooms. You will oversee the running of the hospital, which has full surgical facilities including a diode laser for sarcoid surgery, respiratory endoscope, ultrasound and CR system. You will also be responsible for the onsite laboratory services and provide veterinary care for all animals resident at The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland (approx. 900). There is a strong emphasis on preventative medicine so you will be responsible for monitoring herd health and implementing preventative health care programs where appropriate.

Good communication skills are required as you will need to liaise with the Deputy Director of Veterinary Services on clinical, herd health and biosecurity matters and work with the Veterinary Team Administrator to ensure effective control of the veterinary supplies and external veterinary services elements of the veterinary budget.

This team has evolved its approach to welfare intervention, with increased emphasis on support in the community, prevention, and advocacy. As such, you will also work alongside a dedicated welfare team helping to provide veterinary advice and support to donkeys across Ireland, acting as an ambassador for community-based services and our awareness campaigns. An interest or experience in education and training is important as you will provide both in house training for staff and education to students, vets and paraprofessionals across Ireland.

As a key member of the management team, you will work in collaboration with the Country Manager and heads of Welfare, Farms, Finance, and Fundraising to ensure the organisation meets its targets and is a great place to work.

If you feel you have the qualities, skills and experience to fulfil this varied, rewarding and vital role, and would like to be part of the evolving program of change taking place, we would love to hear from you. This is a full time, permanent contract working 39 hours per week plus evening and weekend on call duties.


If you are interested in this role and require further information please contact: 
[email protected]


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