Full-Time Companion Animal Veterinarian

Bay of Islands Veterinary Services is looking for a full-time companion animal vet to join our rapidly expanding team in the beautiful, subtropical, Far North of New Zealand. Most of our vets work a limited full-time week, something that we are happy to accommodate.

We have a policy of strongly encouraging a healthy work life balance and our location lends itself well to achieving that. From beautiful beaches, water sports, lots of sheltered boating as well as open ocean access, forest walking and mountain biking, there is something for everyone. Being a tourist destination, we are not short on cafes and restaurants. The region also boasts a number of wineries and craft breweries that offer tastings.

Bay of Islands Vets is an independent, private mixed practice with 5 clinics spread across the Bay of Islands, servicing companion animals, farm animals and equine. Companion animals are attended from 3 of our four branch clinics as well as our centralised Kerikeri clinic which is the hub for more complex cases and serves as our afterhours clinic.

The practice has DR xray, dental, ultrasound, in house labs, orthopaedic kit (TPLO), as well as plenty of GA monitoring equipment, fluid pumps etc to make your job easier.

Being a large practice with 16 vets, a mix of full and part time, large and small animal focused, we have a diverse team with varied interests. Our workload is highly varied from routine desex surgeries and vaccinations to a growing caseload of complex orthopaedic patients, and everything in between. There is the opportunity for you to become the champion of your special interest within our practice.

Our practice has strong relationships with local animal charities, Bay of Islands Animal Rescue, Coast to Coast Cat Rescue and the SPCA. We are also actively involved and sponsor the newly established Kiwi Coast Kiwi Rehab Unit now operating in the Bay of Islands.

Shared after hours is split between large and companion animals, no more than one weekend in six, with a rostered nurse also available. You will receive 6 hours time in lieu per weekend, plus a generous fee per call out.

We are looking for someone who is comfortable working sole charge in our branches, performing routine desex surgeries and consultations, but who would enjoy some days in our busy Kerikeri clinic getting exposed to more complex cases and surgeries. This role could suit anyone from a recent grad wanting to hone their routine surgery skills, to a more experienced vet wanting to work in a stunning location out of the city.

A generous salary is commensurate with experience. VCNZ registration and NZVA membership is paid along with an allocated CPD allowance.


Hilary Shaw

(+64) 027 4077 139

Brian is a local - he grew up in Waimate North, went to school at Ohaeawai prima

Bay Vets

Bay of Islands Veterinary Services has been providing top quality veterinary care to the animals of the beautiful Bay of Islands for over 50 years.