Vet

Opportunities in Veterinary Science

Information for Applicants

Welcome from the Head of Veterinary Science

JCU's Head of Veterinary Science Margaret Reilly

The JCU Veterinary Science program is growing, join us on our journey as we continue to offer excellence in undergraduate, postgraduate and clinical training for the veterinarians of the future.

As a leader in animal science and veterinary practice, JCU Veterinary and Animal Science programs promote, foster, and administer quality teaching and research, as well as having a strong focus on delivering authentic clinical services.

At JCU's Veterinary Emergency Centre and Hospital, located at JCU Townsville, we offer a mix of clinical and academic work and you will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of state-of-the-art diagnostic, monitoring, and therapeutic equipment.

We look forward to hearing from you and wish you well on the journey you are about to begin.

Regards,

Dr Margaret Reilly

Professor, Head of Veterinary Science

About JCU

Discover JCU Veterinary Science


From pet cats and dogs at home to cattle in the Outback, JCU Veterinary Science covers all animals — great and small. Through access to unique locations and with an emphasis on academic excellence, staff have opportunities to teach, conduct research and advance in some of the most interesting places in the world.


Stories about Research and Teaching

A group of students sitting on a sunny beach in Tropical North Queensland.

Discover Townsville

With more than 320 days of sunshine and the Great Barrier Reef, Australian Outback and ancient rainforests as backyards, Townsville is the ideal location for adventure and relaxation.

As the largest urban centre in North Queensland, Townsville is a major commercial and tourism hub, providing opportunities for both business and recreation. Townsville's economy is diverse, ranging from education to retail and manufacturing. Townsville is small enough for you to escape the hustle and bustle of capital cities, yet large enough to host major events, including sport, music, theatre and festivals.

Townsville enjoys a tropical climate with less rainfall than elsewhere in the Tropics due to the city's geographical location. Winter in Townsville brings blue skies, warm days and cool nights due to south easterly trade winds. Summer brings balmy temperatures and increased rainfall with thunderstorms usually starting in late October.

For more information, visit Living in Townsville.

Working at JCU Veterinary Science

At JCU we aim to meet tomorrow's demands in sustainable animal farming and increased expectations for animal health and welfare.  We offer students world-class education through supportive learning environments with access to our leading lecturers and experts in companion animals and livestock. We are proud that our graduates receive extensive, hands-on experience to become well-rounded and highly skilled professionals.

The JCU Veterinary and Animal Science program is rated #1 in Australia for skills development, learner engagement and full-time employment and #1 in QLD for median salary, overall educational experience, student support and teaching quality*

We are looking for people with the dedication and passion to drive the agenda of future-proofing the vet science program at JCU. As enthusiastic and qualified vets, you will demonstrate enthusiasm and capacity for teaching vet sciences and your ability to engage effectively with multidisciplinary academics, community and professional bodies will see you excel in these interesting and rewarding roles educating the vets of the future.

Join a committed team of professionals dedicated to educating the vets of the future at one of the world’s leading educational institutions focusing on the Tropics.

*2023 Good Universities Guide, UG Veterinary Science

Teach in the BVSc curriculum while providing high quality clinical service in canine and feline internal medicine in the veterinary teaching hospital.

  • Salary $118,983 - $136,591 + 17% Super
  • 36.25 hour working week
  • Influence the Vets of the future
  • Enjoy a tropical lifestyle whilst achieving your career goals
What you can accomplish in the role

You will have the opportunity to teach in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) curriculum while providing high-quality clinical service in canine and feline internal medicine at the University's on-campus veterinary teaching hospital. Developing and participating directly in clinical research activity, leading to peer-reviewed publications, you will encourage collaborative research and be instrumental in contributing to the development of the veterinary science teaching program, especially in veterinary surgery and related fields at JCU.

What you will bring to the role

With an enthusiasm and passion for Veterinary science, you will hold a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science or equivalent and be eligible for registration in Queensland. Your formal training in small animal surgery and a strong interest in, and aptitude for, teaching Veterinary Surgery will see you excel in this interesting and rewarding role educating the Vets of the future.

How to Apply

Click on Current Vacancies and apply for vacancy reference 17443

For more information, please contact Professor Margaret Reilly at margaret.reilly1@jcu.edu.au

Please note we reserve the right to close the vacancy earlier upon receipt of suitable candidates


Teach companion animal internal medicine to both under and post-graduate students, provide high-quality clinical services and mentor other Veterinarians

  • Salary $69,717 - $136,591 + 17% Super
  • 36.25 hour working week
  • Influence the Vets of the future
  • Enjoy a tropical lifestyle whilst achieving your career goals
What you can accomplish in the role

Working primarily in our Veterinary Emergency Centre and Hospital located on the JCU campus you will have the opportunity work with a wide range of state-of-the-art diagnostic, monitoring and therapeutic equipment. Your contribution to the teaching of companion animal internal medicine to both under and post-graduate students coupled with the provision of high-quality clinical services and mentorship of other veterinarians will be highly valued in this challenging and varied role. Your input to further developing our veterinary science curriculum and expanding our research program in this specialist field will be paramount to your success

What you will bring to the role

With an enthusiasm and passion for Veterinary science, you will hold a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science or equivalent and be eligible for registration in Queensland. With strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to working as a member of a cohesive, like-minded teaching and clinical team you will thrive in a dynamic environment. Your formal training in small animal internal medicine and a strong interest in, and experience with, clinical teaching will see you excel in this interesting and rewarding role educating the Vets of the future.

How to Apply

Click on Current Vacancies and access vacancy reference 17389

For more information, please contact Professor Margaret Reilly at margaret.reilly1@jcu.edu.au

Please note we reserve the right to close the vacancy earlier upon receipt of suitable candidates


Teach and assess final year Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) students and postgraduate students while involved in authentic clinical service delivery

  • Salary $97,856 - $156,540 + 17% Super
  • 36.25 hour working week
  • Influence the Vets of the future
  • Enjoy a tropical lifestyle whilst achieving your career goals
What you can accomplish in the role

Working primarily in our Veterinary Emergency Centre and Hospital located on the JCU campus you will have the opportunity work with a wide range of state-of-the-art diagnostic, monitoring and therapeutic equipment. Your contribution to the teaching of veterinary emergency medicine and critical care coupled with the provision of high-quality clinical services will be highly valued in this challenging and varied role. Your input to further developing our Veterinary Sciences teaching program, especially in veterinary emergency medicine and critical care and related fields will be paramount to your success.

What you will bring to the role

With an enthusiasm and passion for Veterinary Science, you will hold a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science or equivalent and be eligible for registration in Queensland. With strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to working as a member of a cohesive, like-minded teaching and clinical team you will thrive in a dynamic environment. Your formal training in emergency medicine and a strong interest in, and experience with, clinical teaching will see you excel in this interesting and rewarding role educating the Vets of the future

How to Apply

Click on Current Vacancies and access vacancy reference 17390

For more information, please contact Professor Margaret Reilly at margaret.reilly1@jcu.edu.au

Please note we reserve the right to close the vacancy earlier upon receipt of suitable candidates


Provide contemporary teaching and assessment to students of Veterinary Science in Equine Medicine

  • Salary $97,856 - $115,465 + 17% Super
  • 36.25 hour working week
  • Enjoy a tropical lifestyle whilst achieving your career goals
What you can Accomplish in the Role

Working onsite at the JCU teaching facilities, as well as an authentic clinical environment, you will work with a wide range of state-of-the-art diagnostic, monitoring and therapeutic equipment as you teach equine internal medicine using tutorial, practical, and classroom modalities.  Providing contemporary teaching methodologies, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development of the JCU Vet science program by developing new and innovative curriculum that ensures our students remain highly sought after for their relevant, practical skills and hands-on experience

What you will bring to the role

With an enthusiasm and passion for Veterinary science, you will hold a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science or equivalent and be eligible for registration in Queensland. With strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to working as a member of a cohesive, like-minded teaching and clinical team you will thrive in a dynamic environment. Your formal training in Equine medicine and a strong interest in, and experience with, clinical teaching will see you excel in this interesting and rewarding role educating the Vets of the future.

How to Apply

Click on Current Vacancies and access vacancy reference 17996

For more information, please contact Professor Margaret Reilly at margaret.reilly1@jcu.edu.au  or Associate Professor Bradley Dowling  bradley.dowling@jcu.edu.au

Please note we reserve the right to close the vacancy earlier upon receipt of suitable candidates


Review and deliver the curriculum and materials for professional and career development strategies for Veterinary students

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Full time, continuing position
  • Enjoy a tropical lifestyle whilst achieving your career goals
  • Academic Level B Salary $97,856 - $115,465 + 17% Super
  • Academic Level C Salary $118,983 - $136,951 + 17% Super
What you can accomplish in the role

The Veterinary Career Development Program (VCD) is an integral part of the Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree program. You will review and deliver the curriculum, materials and activities for professional and career development strategies to ensure veterinary day one core competencies are met. You will also deliver new teaching initiatives and professional development workshops for undergraduate, post-graduate, staff and veterinary professionals as well as performing administrative functions relating to subject delivery.

What you will bring to the role

With an enthusiasm and passion for Veterinary science, and in particular, career progression and development, you will demonstrate an understanding of learning and transition pedagogies for higher education and their relevance to widening participation in higher education.  Your high-level communication, interpersonal, and negotiation skills will see you engage effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders as you support a career development program with the most current industry standards for academic achievement and undergraduate preparedness for the Veterinary Science profession.

How to Apply

Click on Current Vacancies and access vacancy reference 18112

For more info, please contact Professor Estelle Venter on (07) 4781 3159 or via email Estelle.venter@jcu.edu.au

Please note we reserve the right to close the vacancy earlier upon receipt of suitable candidates


Benefits of Working at JCU

JCU is strongly committed to equity and diversity in the workplace and aspires to continue developing a workforce that reflects the diversity, capacities and capabilities of people from the regions in which we operate. We are committed to developing future leaders, building upon the wealth of wisdom and experience embodied by our current academic leaders, we will identify and nurture those who will take JCU into the future.

Remuneration Package

An appropriate and attractive salary will be offered including a range of flexible salary packaging options.

Benefits
  • Five weeks’ annual recreation leave
  • Annual Leave Loading
  • Cash out annual leave and time in lieu options
  • Generous sick, carer's and cultural leave
  • Generous long service leave pro-rata at 7 years
  • Up to 6 months paid maternity leave
  • Flexible working options
  • Ongoing professional and career development
  • Attractive options for salary packaging
  • Staff study assistance and paid study leave
  • Fitness Passport
  • access to online media subscriptions
  • corporate discount on health insurance
  • Free Employee Assistance Program (Coaching and Counselling)
  • on-campus caf├ęs, gym, pool and childcare
  • Re-location and immigration assistance can be negotiated
  • Balance of work and life so you can enjoy a lifestyle that supports a diverse range of leisure and sporting interests
Superannuation

Generous superannuation scheme with up to 17% employer contributions.


We’re looking for our employees of the future who subscribe to our values and beliefs and recognise that knowledge has the power to change lives. We ignite and support a passion for learning in our community and welcome dedicated professionals who can help us make a difference.

JCU is strongly committed to equity and diversity in the workplace and aspires to continue developing a workforce that reflects the diversity, capacities and capabilities of people from the regions in which we operate.  We are committed to developing future leaders, building upon the wealth of wisdom and experience embodied by our current leaders, we will identify and nurture those who will take JCU into the future.

We are enriched by and celebrate our workplace diversity and welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and abilities.

Our character and actions are underpinned by our values and beliefs:

Values
  • Excellence
  • Authenticity
  • Integrity
  • Sustainability
  • Mutual respect
  • Discovery
  • Creativity and Innovation
Beliefs
  • We recognise that knowledge has the power to change lives
  • We ignite and support a passion for learning in our community
  • We are enriched by and celebrate our communities’ diversity
  • We understand that a sustainable environment is central to our lives and our work
  • We strive to anticipate and respond to our community’s needs delivering education and research in more flexible ways
  • We uphold our commitments

JCU has an Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy.

Candidates are supported knowing JCU’s Vice Chancellor and senior management team are fully committed to the goals and strategies laid out in the Workforce Strategy to increase, retain and develop our Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.

Increasing numbers of staff at JCU are undertaking cultural awareness training, so members of the selection panel should have an understanding of significant cultural differences.

For more current information on Indigenous-themed activities across the University click here


SAGE (Science and Gender Equity)

SAGE is a national program promoting gender equity and diversity in science, technology engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). It is based on the principles of the UK's Athena SWAN Charter, an evaluation and accreditation framework that addresses the improvement of gender equity policies and practices in STEMM.

JCU is one of 45 organisations participating in the SAGE Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises institutional capacity to eliminate gender inequity and a demonstrated commitment to bolster the hiring, promotion and retention of women, while also improving the workplace environment for people of all genders.

JCU encourages diversity

JCU has an extensive program in place to encourage diversity, examples of which include:

  • Diversity messages in our recruitment advertising, such as, “We are enriched by and celebrate our workplace diversity and welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and abilities”.
  • Extensive event calendar where JCU students and staff come together to acknowledge, celebrate and raise awareness of the diverse groups that make up our community, including Harmony Day, International Women’s Day, NAIDOC Week, Disability Action Week, IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia), Transphobia and Biphobia.
  • Diversity training for all staff.

JCU has a comprehensive calendar of events that celebrate diversity. Joining the organisation in these activities, or participating as an invitee, is an effective way to participate in diversity focused activities. There are also many student organised events and staff are almost always welcome at these.

Access to disability services during recruitment and selection

If you are interested in applying for a position at JCU and require assistance with making your application, please discuss your needs with the Chairperson for the position.

When offered an interview, please discuss with the person who contacts you any access assistance you may require, so this can be accommodated.

Benefits available to JCU employees

Refer to Working at JCU.

Should you have any additional questions not featured in our FAQs please contact the Chairperson in the first instance.

We wish you the very best of luck with your application and thank you for considering employment opportunities with JCU – A brighter future for life in the tropics.


The University is committed to enhancing staff and student access, participation and success in higher education and embracing the diversity of the communities we serve. We acknowledge our responsibility to support mental health and wellness as part of our core business.

The JCU Mental Health and Wellness Strategy (2022-2026) has been designed in collaboration with students, staff and stakeholders. It presents an integrated model which:

  • Recognises diversity, voice, and reconciliation
  • Develops student and staff agency
  • Supports actions and commitments that are culturally informed, sustainable, and connected to community.

The Strategy is based on three intersecting initiatives:

PROMOTE:

Provide education and policy, early recognition and action, promote self-care, and support help-seeking behaviours and capacity building for positive mental health.

PROTECT:

Foster a supportive and inclusive culture and environment addressing bullying and risks of suicide/harm while increasing protective factors to combat stigma and support positive mental health.

RESPOND:

Provide access to health and wellness support and resources that are flexible and intentional, and offer timely and respectful crisis responses.

A diagram showing how the pillars of promote, protect and repsond are linked

Mental health is about wellness, rather than illness. Having social connections, good personal relationships and being part of a community are vital to maintaining good mental health and wellness.


Your mental health and wellness

Good mental health is when:

- You can work and study to your full potential
- You actively connect and participate with family, friends and your community
- You undertake enjoyable activities
- You are coping with everyday stressors, and
- You are able to bounce back reasonably quickly from unexpected challenges and changes.

We understand that university life is both exciting and stressful, so JCU has a range of people and services to support you.

For further information, click here to visit our dedicated Mental Health and Wellness website:


Fletcherview Research Station

Tropical veterinary research in an iconic location

This is Uni... but not as you know it


Students and staff can develop professional skills during field trips to the most fascinating places on Earth. Students don't just leave with degrees, they finish with stories. JCU staff are committed to inspiring those stories through research and teaching excellence that brings together people and societies, the natural world, the built environment and experiential learning.


For more information

Phone: +61 7 4781 5809 Email: margaret.reilly1@jcu.edu.au