Opening Hours

General Hours: 
Most Days: 9am - 5pm
Wednesdays:  10am - 5pm
CLOSED: Sundays and Public Holidays

Animal Viewing Hours:  10am - 4pm
Saturdays: 9am - 4pm

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


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.

Veterinarian (new or recent graduate) – Full-time


Veterinarian (new or recent graduate) – Full-time

It takes a special person to be a Shelter veterinarian! You must enjoy surgeries (you’ll have plenty), working with lots and lots of animals (as we see almost 4000 animals a year) and have a passion for helping the abandoned, injured, neglected or unwanted animals in our community.

A position exists in our veterinary clinic in the beautiful area of Weston Creek, Canberra. We are looking for a new or recent graduate to fill this full-time position in a challenging role that is variety filled. You will be handling all domestic animals as well as providing treatment for some of our local injured and orphaned wildlife. We need you to like being kept busy, willing to learn and love being part of a team. You will be required to work a 38 hour week and expected to be on-call Sundays and public holidays on a rotating roster with our other veterinarians.

The staff at the RSPCA vet clinic are happy and fun to work with and have a great team dynamic. Our senior veterinarian is experienced in working with new and recent graduates and enjoys actively mentoring and training team members. She also has membership in ECC and can guide you through those difficult medical and trauma cases we can see.

The vet clinic is well equipped with the latest monitoring equipment, digital x-ray, ultrasound, IM3 dental system and pathology.

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 and three hours from Sydney. Canberra was also named Lonely Planet's third best city in the world to visit in 2018!

We will provide you with the training and support you need to become a well-rounded experienced veterinarian. We also are open to supporting the development of special interests such as dentistry, feline medicine and behaviour. RSPCA ACT also offers a number of employee benefits.

To apply for the position you will need to download the following documents:

Job Description

Health Declaration

Personal Information Cover Sheet

Applications are to be emailed to