Kookaburra Veterinary Employment is Australia's most innovative Veterinary Employment Agency.
Owned by Wendy Nathan BVMS & Steve Nathan, we have been providing quality service at a sensible cost since 1998.
Our job sections are updated every weekday, so you can be sure the positions advertised are actually available.
Our website statistics speak for themselves;
During 2012 the Kookaburra website received over 15,000 unique visitors per month, with a total of 1.3 million page views for the year. 78% of visitors return to our site! ( stats. Google Analytics )
We can help with all your staffing requirements, from Animal Attendants to Zoo Vets and everything inbetween. We can even advertise your practice for sale. We believe we can give your vacancy greater exposure than any other Australian agency or journal.
But it doesn't end there, we search our database & promote your position to vets on our register who are actively seeking work (currently over 250) & appear to suit your requirements, and, if the job is suitable, to final year students/new graduates in Australia and New Zealand.
Don't be fooled by our low fees - Nobody can match our job exposure, promotion and service! Just scroll to the bottom of this page to see what Clinic Owners and Practice Managers say about our service.
We keep a constantly updated register of vets available for locum work throughout Australia. It includes vets from Australia as well as overseas vets travelling in Australia from New Zealand, the UK, South Africa, Canada and America.
We will search our database for suitable veterinarians, and put them in contact with you. It is always your decision whether or not to employ a Vet referred from us.
Only when a position has been filled by a veterinarian introduced by Kookaburra will you be charged.
Register your vacancy with us and we will promote it to the many vets listed on our register who are seeking permanent work and appear to suit your requirements. We have experienced vets, recent and new graduates, and suitably qualified overseas vets listed with us. They will then contact you directly for more details or to arrange interviews.
We also place your advert on this website and our new Smartphone Compatible job search website, complete with your contact details, to reach vets who prefer not to register with employment agencies. We can place your clinic logo and hyperlink your advert directly to your own website, or we can create your own page on our website with photographs of the surgery at no extra cost.
What's more is that this service costs only a fraction of what some other veterinary agencies charge. Don't pay up to 15% of gross annual salary as a placement fee to get your perfect vet!
Permanent veterinary position fees
- Minimum Fee $308.00 incl GST - first 4 weeks
- Additional continuous weeks $52.25 incl GST per week
- Cancellation fee of $99.00 incl GST if cancelled within the first 24 hours
- No placement fee when job is filled
You have the potential to save $000's in agency fees!
Nursing & other Support Staff
See our Vet Nurse pages for up to date adverts from available nurses and other support staff. To advertise your vacancy, just email us your advert.
Our fee for clinics is only $82.50 inc GST for up to two months advertising.
Our fee for advertisers who are not Veterinary Clinics (i.e. Industry) is $209.00 inc GST for 4 weeks advertising.
Practices For Sale, Lease, & Partnerships
Practices for sale or lease, and Partnerships (or expressions of interest for partnership) can be advertised on our website (with photographs of the surgery, and detailed practice descriptions if desired). Real Estate Agents already know the secret of good internet advertising - you too can take advantage of this great service!
Our fee for clinics is $110.00 inc GST for up to two months advertising.
Our fee for advertisers who are not Veterinary Clinics (i.e. Business Agents) is $209.00 inc GST for 4 weeks advertising.
There is No Charge for the service we provide for vets seeking work.
Locuming is a great way to travel Australia - Wendy did it for twelve months and recommends it to anyone who wants a bit of adventure, or simply to see more of this great country! It is also a good way to gain additional experience in working with different people, in different conditions, and improve your veterinary skills. Veterinarians should have a minimum of 2 years experience prior to locuming.
We ask you to send us your resume, and make sure you are/will be registered in the states in which you would like to work. We also require you to agree to our standard Declaration.
You can then request full details of any locum jobs advertised on our website, and we will contact you by email or sms with new job details that appear to suit your requirements as soon as they are listed with us.
We want to help you find your perfect job. We have a huge range of permanent positions in General Practice, Industry, Universities, Government, Charity/Welfare & Wildlife/Exotic.
Register with us and we will send you details of new positions that appear to suit your requirements as soon as they are listed with us. Or if you prefer simply view our permanent jobs pages for all current positions. Remember to check regularly as new positions are uploaded the day we receive them (and quickly removed when they are filled!)
You are welcome to apply directly to any of the clinics advertising, please let them know you saw their vacancy on Kookaburra!
You will need a visa to work in Australia unless you are a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or a citizen of New Zealand. For information on visas, contact your nearest Australian Consulate, or see www.immi.gov.au
Subclass 457 (Business (Long Stay)) visa program
On 14 September 2009, a number of changes were introduced into the Subclass 457 (Business (Long Stay)) visa program, including the introduction of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT). The TSMIT, which is subject to indexation on a yearly basis, is set at a level that ensures all Subclass 457 (Business (Long Stay)) visa holders have sufficient income to independently provide for themselves whilst in Australia.
It is important to note that the TSMIT has no bearing on what the Subclass 457 visa holder should be paid in the workplace, and should not be considered as the applicable market salary rate where the sponsor does not currently employ an equivalent Australian citizen or permanent resident. It is the market salary rate for the nominated occupation, not the nominated worker’s proposed salary, which is compared to the TSMIT.
Overseas trained veterinarians should be aware that where there is an equivalent Australian in the workplace, the market salary rate will be determined by the industrial arrangement that applies to this worker. That is, the Subclass 457 visa holder must be provided the same terms and conditions provided to the equivalent Australian worker. The employer may demonstrate the market salary rate by reference to the applicable modern award or enterprise agreement. The applicable modern award for veterinarians is the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award 2010 [MA000118].
As Veterinarians are subject to the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award 2010 [MA000118], persons with less than two years practical experience in their country of origin prior to lodging an application for a Subclass 457 (Business (Long Stay)) visa may have difficultly accessing the Subclass 457 visa program should their employer choose to remunerate as per the award. This is because the minimum annual salary and minimum hourly rate stipulated within the award (which is determined by your level (classification) of experience as a veterinary surgeon) is below the TSMIT. It is important to note that for the nomination to be approved, the market salary rate must be greater than the TSMIT. This means nominations for which the applicable market salary rates are below the TSMIT are likely to be refused.
Recently graduated overseas veterinarians may therefore choose to gain experience in their country of origin prior to lodging an application for a Subclass 457 (Business (Long Stay)) visa or explore possible temporary migration options under the Subclass 442 – Occupational Trainee Visa.
For further information on the Subclass 457 (Business (Long Stay)) visa, or the
Subclass 442 – Occupational Trainee Visa, please visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s website at www.immi.gov.au
Registration to Practice
Full registration to practice as a veterinarian in Australia is available to:
- Graduates in veterinary science from Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland, Murdoch and Massey Universities.
- Graduates of London, Cambridge, Bristol, Liverpool, Glasgow, Nottingham and Edinburgh Universities.
- Graduates of Dublin from 2004 to 2011 only - for Dublin graduates prior to and subsequent to this please contact the relevant Veterinary Surgeons Board.
- Members of the RCVS by examination.
- Persons who successfully complete the Australian National Veterinary Examination.
- Graduates with BVSc from Pretoria.
- Graduates from accredited AVMA schools who have passed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, including Utrecht.
You are required to register in each individual state in which you wish to work. You will need to pay the appropriate fee, provide a copy of your degree certificate, and a letter of good standing from the most recent board you have been registered with eg. the RCVS for vets from the UK. For more information and Vet Board contact details, see the links page, or email or call Wendy or Steve at Kookaburra.
There is currently National Recognition of Registration in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania - Veterinary surgeons who currently hold primary registration and reside permanently in another Australian state or territory are entitled to practise as a veterinary surgeon in these States on a part-time, casual or locum basis without having to register with the local Veterinary Board. In Northern Territory, secondary registration is now free of charge although vets intending working in the NT should still fill the paperwork out to apply for secondary registration. National Recognition of Registration is anticipated for South Australia soon.
The requirements for registration and the list of circumstances where an exemption to the requirement for sitting the NVE (National Veterinary Exam) applies are subject to change and can be complicated - we suggest contacting the relevant State Veterinary Board for current information.
You can also contact the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
These are just a few of the many compliments we have constantly arriving........
Your site was the most useful out of all my attempts to find a vet using agencies etc.
Two Australian vets (one in Sydney at the moment) contacted me through it and one started last week and is here until mid Jan and the other will replace her until the maternity leave period is over.
Thanks so much. (13 Nov 2013)
We had an overwhelming response from the advertisement, thank you. Your website seems to be the first choice for everyone out there. The fees were also very reasonable.
A huge thanks for the many, many applicants we received.
........we have been impressed with your service and would like to say that Kookaburra quite easily outshines their competitors.
I am pleased to say we had well over 40 applicants for the positions. I have filled all the positions with very high quality applicants. You provide an exceptional service and am thrilled with the results.
We had a recruitment agency searching for 7 months and when the leads seem to dry up, we decided to use an alternative avenues. We had a flood of applicants, none of whom were duplicated in the agency list. We have just appointed an applicant sourced from your website. We were so pleased as the applicant was of high quality and because there was no high placement fee, we were able to offer a more than competitive salary package and still remain within budget.
A veterinarian position in Victoria filled within 6 days produced this comment: "The response has been overwhelming. In those few days we had 23 applications. Many were new grad’s but there was still choice for some experience."
Everyone who applied came through you guys, which says something about the advertising pull that you guys have and your brand!
I have successfully hired a full time veterinarian. I got so many replies and was very happy to have a choice of applicants.
We have had an extraordinary response to the advertisement and will make a decision today as to most suitable candidate. Could you please remove ad from the website as soon as possible, to stem the flow!
Thank you so much for your generosity. You are helping save the lives of street dogs in need, as well as helping a small charity organisation.
Just want to thank you all and inform you that we have had great success with your advert and have two new vets starting with our practices’ next week.
I would like to report that we have filled our vet job vacancy - yet again with a vet who found us via Kookaburra. We don't have to advertise often but every time we do Kookaburra delivers the goods.
We employed our third and final Veterinarian yesterday. From this ad we have employed an experienced (10 year) vet, a 3 year experienced vet and a new graduate. Thank you for a fantastic result.
Our position has been filled. We had 5 very good applicants. Hardest thing is deciding who to employ!!!
Cannot recommend your site too highly and I will definitely use you again when I need another vet.
The response from Kookaburra vet has been great and I believe now I have both positions filled. Thankyou for your help.
I would like to thank you guys at Kookaburra for the outstanding level of service you provide, and for your personability and helpfulness.
Thank you again for the excellent service. I had very good applicants very quickly and in fact difficult to decide as the applicants were of high quality and from all over the world. Thank you again for an excellent and efficient service
Thanks heaps for your (as usual) fantastic service via your website.
Once again, I'd like to thank you for the great service you provide - why anyone else would bother with advertising in journals is beyond us.
The Kookaburra service is new to me but has been excellent. I will be advertising here for my Vets from now on.