Remote Northern Territory community veterinarian required

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VET GROWTH: Roper Gulf Regional Council is seeking a veterinarian with an interest in public health and Indigenous culture to assist with the delivery of its rapidly-growing Animal Management Program.

VET GROWTH: Roper Gulf Regional Council is seeking a veterinarian with an interest in public health and Indigenous culture to assist with the delivery of its rapidly-growing Animal Management Program.

Do you have an interest in public health, animal welfare and Indigenous culture? Have you considered combining work and a PhD? Would you like to live in and help protect some of the most beautiful, untouched wilderness areas of the Northern Territory?

If so, this job may be for you.

Roper Gulf Regional Council is seeking a veterinarian to work in the remote communities within its Local Government Area (LGA). The Council currently employs a senior veterinarian and it is now time to expand.

The work involves:

  • Planning, coordinating and conducting animal health and control programs within the Roper Gulf LGA. The veterinary aspects of the programs consist of large-scale animal desexing, blanket anti-parasitic treatments, euthanasia of sick, unwanted or dangerous animals, and other treatments as requested or required. The work is largely small animals, although large animals and wildlife are also often encountered;
  • Working with community members to develop and conduct public awareness campaigns for zoonoses, animal welfare and animal control legislation at a household, school and community level;
  • Training and mentoring of Animal Management Assistant/veterinary nursing teams within communities;
  • Assisting with planning and delivering a fee-for-service model within the program to extend to residents living in some of the remotest communities within the Roper Gulf LGA;
  • Undertaking consultation and planning with key stakeholders in community to enable improved animal management and environmental health outcomes at a household, community and regional level;
  • Maintaining an accurate animal database for the Council;
  • Investigating and acting on animal complaints received by the Council; and
  • Collaborating with universities in sample collection for research related to zoonotic diseases. Samples are currently collected to further research into Strongyloides stercoralis, tick-borne parasites, canine-transmissible venereal tumour and MRSA. The Council is open to proposals that combine the advertised position with a research Masters or PhD as an adjunct to the program.

The successful candidate will be well supported, accompanied and mentored in the field by the incumbent veterinarian for a period of six up to months. The candidate may then be required to reside in a remote community and service the surrounding areas. New graduates will be considered for the position, however, a rapid development of sound surgical skills will be required to enable surgical sterilisation to take place in field situations.

A car will be provided for all work use.

To discuss this exciting opportunity further, contact Dr Samantha Phelan on 0428 818 244. To apply for the job, click here.

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