WA Veterinary Emergency & Specialty

Careers

CAREERS AT WAVES

At WAVES we understand that the team that make up the working family, is as important as the amazing care provided to our clients pets.

Western Australian Veterinary Emergency and Specialty (WAVES) are an emergency, critical care and specialty veterinary hospital that opened in Success, WA in May 2013. From time to time, vacancies may become available, and will be advertised in various locations. If you read an advertisement and feel the role is right for you, then please follow the application instructions listed in each advertisement, as they may vary.

WAVES takes recruitment very seriously, and we like to ensure that the role is right for the person, as well as the person right for the role. Many of our team have been with us since we opened in 2013.

 

VACANCIES

FULL TIME Surgical Veterinary Nurse (Posted 31/8/18)

A rare opportunity awaits.
The hospital is currently undergoing major expansions so we currently need a Full Time Surgical Veterinary Nurse to join our team!

Every day here is challenging, you never know what you are going to see next.

At WAVES you’ll get more responsibility and be able to influence what happens with the patients. You’ll learn so much and there is always more to learn. You get to do fun stuff like scrubbing into major surgical procedures, anaesthesia monitoring for surgery, x-rays and CT imaging, placing catheters and get to know all sorts of instrumentation. You’ll be providing patients with the highest standards of care and feel confident that you are doing the best for people’s pets.

WAVES is committed to finding the right team to staff our hospital over the long term. We are looking for energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated nurses who understand that veterinary nursing isn’t a 9-5 job, are genuinely interested in surgical veterinary procedures and are willing to consistently provide quality patient care in a sometimes hectic environment. You need to have a Certificate IV in veterinary nursing or equivalent and must have at least 2 years of experience in general practice. Previous experience in a referral hospital would be a big advantage however your approach is the most important thing to us. You will get training, continuing education and workplace support if you have the right attitude, but only lack the experience.

Please only apply if you are flexible within your working hours and you have a real passion for surgery.

Your work will include preparing patients for surgery including blood-taking, catheter placement, clip and prep of surgical site, anaesthetic monitoring or scrubbing in, care of patients whist in hospital and liaising with their owners, instrument cleaning and sterilization.
You must be able to work efficiently within our team environment supporting our surgeons and all our team members.

You’ll be working with surgeons as a team to help the patients through their procedures and facilitate the highest standard of patient care until they are discharged home.

You will need to encourage and support all staff in the team, especially junior or less experienced members whether they are nurses or vets. You will need to spot things that require doing and get on with them without being asked. To make sure the hospital keeps running smoothly, you will need to keep the hospital clean, walk dogs to let them stretch their legs and have a sniff, stock shelves, keep the laundry moving and cuddle patients as required. If you have time, you can have a coffee too.
In return for your hard work and dedication, WAVES will:
• Give you the training you need
• Encourage and support your further education over the years
• Provide a healthy and happy workplace for you and everyone else
• Deal with any negative workplace behaviour in any form to make sure you enjoy working here with us
• Provide you with a challenging and satisfying career
• Provide all the equipment you require to optimally care for your patients
• Genuinely care about you as a member of the WAVES family and respect your opinion on how WAVES can be improved

Surgical veterinary nursing isn’t for everyone. To take on this job you need emotional resilience, staying power, a belief that miracles are possible (they are), and a healthy dose of pragmatism. But, the rewards can be amazing! You will love the team and get a real buzz from working with us.

We take recruitment very seriously because we know it is important to get the right people and it’s also important that you are going to like working with us. We want to build up a team of people who will stay for years, be part of the WAVES family, and grow with us.

So if you think that you may be the person we are looking for please email a cover letter and your CV attention to Cathy at wavets@bigpond.com. We are looking forward to hearing from you.


FULL TIME Day Reception Nurse (Posted 31/8/18)

WAVES is expanding so we need you!

Are you a vet nurse that loves being out the front?

We are looking for a motivated, qualified nurse, to expand our amazing day reception team as WAVES.

The ideal candidate will possess previous veterinary nurse experience and will be looking at mastering a receptionist position.

The WAVES hospital is a modern, purpose built facility. In 2018, we are expanding both the hospital facilities and the services provided, so we need to build our reception team to match the increased caseload. WAVES is a referral hospital that also offers direct to public emergency services out of hours. Although the doors are open 24/7, this vacancy is within the day reception team, so your shifts are on a Monday to Friday roster. You must be able to work a shift between the hours of 7am and 7pm. Current shifts to fill are 830am-7pm and 11am to 7pm, however, alternative shifts may be required during leave cover. We have the need for full time equivalent, and will accept part time applications for candidates willing to work occasional extra hours for leave cover.

The day reception team provides administrative support for the emergency and referral services of Medicine, Oncology, Surgery, Emergency/Critical Care, Dermatology and Diagnostic Imaging. No sole charge, you will work as part of the reception team and there is no requirement to work overtime or on weekends or public holidays.

As a professional receptionist, you will be the first and last person to meet and speak to clients at our hospital so it is essential that you make them feel comfortable and deal with them in an efficient, professional and caring manner. You will play a vital role in the day to day operation of the hospital by ensuring that cases are booked in appropriately to see the correct specialist and that you expedite phone calls from referring veterinarians to the appropriate specialist when they require phone advice.

You must enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, and be able to be flexible to adapt to whatever the day may hold. Your ability to multitask with accuracy and your willingness to learn will enable you to embrace this unique role, which is suitable for veterinary nurses with applied knowledge and experience. Previous experience as a referral hospital receptionist is not essential but will be highly regarded as will experience with Cornerstone. However, your professional approach and attention to detail is more important to us! 

Although we are a large hospital, there is a strong focus on maintaining a positive workplace environment, with regular social functions and a really well stocked kitchen complete with coffee machine and snacks.

Your duties will include:

  • Triage phone calls for urgency and processing specialist referral documentation
  • Processing bookings for the vast array of services offered
  • Providing premium customer service during patient arrivals and departures as well as phone calls
  • Processing large amounts of emails; ensuring that lab results and referral letters are appropriately processed and directed to the attention of the appropriate specialty department
  • Processing accounts and daily banking according to hospital policies
  • Providing general administration assistance for the entire hospital

Key requirements

  • Professional phone manner and face-to-face communication
  • Cert IV Vet Nursing or equivalent qualification; VSB registration essential
  • Minimum 18 months clinical nursing experience
  • Minimum 6 months veterinary reception experience
  • You thrive in team environment and flourish in the receptionist role
  • You need to be self-motivated, confident and fast when it’s busy
  • You are flexible, adaptable and a demonstrate your positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • You possess emotional resilience and good conflict management skills and the ability to maintain your own personal wellness
  • It is essential that you are flexible to work between the hours of 7am and 7pm, Mon – Fri, part time applicants must be able to work Fridays until 7pm.

Does this sound perfect for you?

Full induction and training is provided with a structured program and support for ongoing learning.

Please note: this position is for reception only. Due to the business structure, this role does not ‘get your foot in’ for other roles. 

If you believe you meet the criteria to join our team as a hospital receptionist then please forward your application letter and CV, addressed to the Administration Supervisor, Sarah, via email reception@wavets.com.au.


CASUAL Small Animal Medicine Nurse (posted 2/8/18)

The Small Animal Medicine team at WAVES is seeking applications for an experienced nurse to assist with the smooth running of the service during busier times and for annual / personal leave cover.

At WAVES you will get to do real nursing. What we do here is important and makes a real difference to animal’s lives.  With support and training, you’ll get more responsibility and be able to influence what happens with our patients. You’ll be giving cats and dogs what they really need to the highest standards of care and you will know you are doing the best for the animals. You need to be calm, organised and thorough. You’ll be keeping everything under control so our vets can get on with their work as efficiently as possible.

WAVES is committed to finding the right team to staff our hospital over the long term. We are looking for dedicated and skilled nurses who are genuinely interested in the science of veterinary medicine and are willing to consistently provide quality patient care in a sometimes hectic environment. You need to have a Certificate IV in veterinary nursing or equivalent and at least 2 years of full time experience in general practice. Previous experience in a referral setting would be an advantage; however your approach is the most important thing to us. You will get training, continuing education and workplace support if you have the right attitude, but only lack the experience of working in a referral hospital.

The position is CASUAL and would be between the hours of 8am and 6pm on Monday to Friday with no evening or weekend work.

Your routine on a typical day will involve treating and monitoring medical inpatients, restraining patients, assisting with and performing routine nursing procedures such as blood collection, catheter placement and using in-house laboratory equipment, but also assisting with exciting medical procedures such as endoscopy, CSF taps and bone marrow biopsies.  With support you must be able to prioritise your workload, keep meticulous records on the patients in your care and importantly need to recognise abnormalities in patients’ health status and alert the medicine clinicians accordingly.

You will be working primarily with four medicine clinicians and four other medicine nurses but also a team of other veterinary specialists & nurses throughout the hospital to facilitate patient care. You will need to spot things that require doing and get on with them without being asked. To make sure the hospital keeps running smoothly, you will need to keep the hospital clean, walk dogs to let them stretch their legs and have a sniff, stock shelves, keep the laundry moving and cuddle patients as required. If you have time, you can have a coffee too.

We take recruitment very seriously because we know it is important to get the right people and it’s also important that you are going to like working with us. We want to build up a team of people who will stay for years, and grow with us.

So if you think that you may be the person we are looking for please email  medicine@wavets.com.au to find out about our recruitment process and how to apply. We are looking forward to hearing from you.


Full Time Experienced Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nurse (posted 29/7/18)
 
Are you an experienced, registered veterinary nurse that is looking to join a highly supportive team in a state of the art Emergency and Critical Care facility in Perth?

WAVES is currently in need a full time experienced Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nurse to join the team.
 
WAVES is committed to finding the right team. We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated nurse who understand that veterinary nursing isn’t a 9-5 job, are genuinely interested in the science of veterinary medicine and are willing to consistently provide quality patient care in a sometimes-hectic environment.
 
You need to have a Certificate IV in veterinary nursing or equivalent as well as a Diploma in Emergency and Critical Care or a Foundation Nursing Degree or equivalent. You must have at least 5 years of qualified experience.
 
Please only apply if you are happy and available to work nights (including overnights), weekends and public holidays.
 
You must be able to confidently nurse high dependency cases from multiple specialist fields. Experience in an ICU setting or referral practice is essential for this role.
 
Your work will include letting pet owners know how their pets are progressing, triage, treating and monitoring emergency cases and in-hospital patients. You will need to make sure the client’s needs and wishes are represented, particularly in difficult situations. You will be talking to clients in the hospital and on the phones and you will need to be able to make appropriate recommendations.
 
Every day here is challenging, you never know what you are going to see next.

You must be able to prioritise your workload yourself and keep meticulous records on the patients in your care, making sure they are regularly updated during your shift.
In return for your hard work and dedication, WAVES will:
·      Give you the training you need
·      Encourage and support your further education over the years
·      Provide a healthy and happy workplace for you and everyone else
·      Deal with any negative workplace behaviour to make sure you enjoy working here with us
·      Provide you with a challenging and satisfying career
·      Genuinely care about you as a member of the WAVES family and respect your opinion on how WAVES can be improved
 
 Annual salary will be as per the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award and will start from $55,000.
 
We take recruitment very seriously because we know it is important to get the right people and it is also important that you are going to like working with us. We want to build up a team of people who will stay for years, be part of the WAVES family, and grow with us.
If you think that you may be the person we are looking for please email Emma at emergency@wavets.com.au to find out about our recruitment process and how to apply.