Opening Hours

  • Most Days: 9am - 5pm, Wednesdays: 10am - 5pm
  • Viewing of Animals - Daily: 10am - 4pm      
  • Sundays and Public Holidays: CLOSED

Employment Opportunities

RSPCA ACT offers a range of exciting roles at a variety of levels. From time to time, opportunities become available and are filled through a merit-based process. Core skills needed for all roles at RSPCA ACT include:

An empathy for and understanding of animal welfare
Outgoing personality embodying a willingness to always improve
Loyalty, honesty, integrity and personal maturity
Able to balance passion with integrity and common sense

RSPCA adopts an equal employment philosophy. Successful candidates are required to submit a police check and in some circumstances, a medical examination may be sought.

RSPCA ACT offers:
Free parking
Subsidised Veterinary Care for your pet
A range of other employee benefits

Available Positions

Veterinarian – Full-time / Part-time / Locum

RSPCA ACT is looking at expanding our services – are you interested in animal welfare work and providing affordable services to the community.  If so, we might have the position you have been searching for!

We are currently looking for full-time/part-time/locum veterinarians including a Senior Veterinarian role.

Currently our shelter has 4 veterinarians and performs approximately 3000 surgeries per year, including non-routine work such as orthopedics.  We admit approximately 6000 animals into our care annually (domestics and wildlife) so there is never a dull moment!  We mainly have small animals in our care but we also see a variety of exotics regularly through the shelter.  Vet duties include overseeing the health of shelter animals, wildlife, providing advice to our inspectorate team and operating a veterinary service to the public.  We stick to the RSPCA mission by providing an affordable service to low-socio-economic community.

The staff at the RSPCA vet clinic are happy and fun to work with, we have a great team dynamic.  The vet clinic is well equipped with pulse oximetry, doppler, ultrasound, digital radiography and an IM3 dental machine.  We can perform in house biochemistry and have a small but functional lab area. 

Although we have the extremes of temperature here in Canberra, it is a wonderful place to live and you are literally only two hours away from the coast or the snow.  We even have some nice wineries in the surrounding areas!


Veterinarian – Full-time / Part-time

Salary is negotiable depending on experience

For a shelter vet you need to possess exceptional organisational skills and be able to juggle many things from animals to clients to staff and even wildlife!  We are looking for a self-motivated applicant who can think on their feet.  You will be supported by our dedicated team of nurses.

To apply for the above positions or for further information email 


RSPCA ACT’s mission is the prevention to cruelty to animals in the ACT. We are the only animal shelter for all species, as well as, full time animal welfare Inspectorate in the greater Canberra community. Our 60+ staff members and hundreds of volunteers care for thousands of abused, neglected, abandoned, injured, sick and unwanted animals every year.

Click here to read more about our history and our mission.