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Position title:  Veterinarian

Location:  Auckland, Karaka & Kumeu

Work type:  Full time

Veterinary Associates Equine is a rapidly expanding and progressive general and referral practice with a hospital located in Karaka, South Auckland, New Zealand and a satellite practice in Kumeu, West Auckland. We are seeking enthusiastic veterinarians to join both the Karaka and Kumeu practices. We keep hiring because we keep growing! This growth provides us flexibility for the right candidate to join our team and follow their passion – whether it be racing, sport horse medicine, lameness, or reproductive work. While we are looking for a full-time associate, for the right applicant, a part-time position may be considered.


This is a chance to work in conjunction with a dedicated team of veterinarians providing full-service care to the equine population throughout the beautiful Auckland region. Veterinarians on staff at the Vet Associates Equine Hospital in Karaka include two board-certified surgeons, a board-certified internist, and a Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine. The specialists are readily available to provide backup and support for all members of the practice. In addition, we have three yearlong interns that rotate through surgery, medicine, and field work.


Both the Karaka and Kumeu practices are involved in all types of equine pursuits, including sport horses, Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses, stud work and pleasure horses, providing a tremendous variety of work. While the distribution is reasonably even in Karaka, in Kumeu, the majority of the caseload is made up of sport horses and pleasure horses. Emergency duties are shared.


We are committed to fostering a positive workplace culture with regular team meetings, journal club, Friday happy hours, and regular team-building activities. We pride ourselves on a work environment that is supportive, friendly, and engages a team-approach. Ideally the successful candidate will wish to work in a fun and supportive team environment and welcome joining a practice that provides high-quality veterinary care. In addition, the candidate will have a positive outlook, a good sense of humor, attention to detail, and strong communication skills.


All applicants will be considered, and an enthusiastic person with the right attitude may be the best candidate regardless of work experience. The work environment is attractive; our custom-built hospital is well equipped with the latest equine medical technology with a fully equipped surgical suite. Our ambulatory veterinarians have access to dynamic endoscopy, digital radiography, ultrasonography, dentistry gear, IRAP, PRP, a stem cell culture facility, and an in-house diagnostic laboratory.


New Zealand is renowned for the great outdoors, and our local area is no exception. We have incredible beaches, surf, fishing, forest and bush walks, and great local schools. Being on the outskirts of a large city, there are many restaurants, and city culture is a short drive away. Many of our staff are involved in equestrian sports, including popular local hunts, show jumping, pony club, racing, and polo. This is a great opportunity to join the dedicated, enthusiastic, happy Vet Associates Equine family and to be part of our growing practice in beautiful New Zealand!

A vehicle is provided, and a competitive salary will be commensurate with experience. In addition, paid licensure, a CE/CPD budget, cell phone package, paid NZVA/NZEVA membership, and paid professional liability are all part of the benefits package. New Zealand offers a publicly funded national healthcare system and an employer-matched retirement savings plan known as “KiwiSaver.” Four weeks annual leave is also included.

Applicants need to be eligible for full veterinary licensure in New Zealand (details available at

To submit an application or to discuss the position in more detail, please contact Jenny Sonis by email at or by phone at +6492947307.

Applications should include a cover letter, a CV, and the names and contact details of three references.