Welcome to our Workplace

Dr. Mark Dowden

Hi, I’m Mark and I’m happy to see you’ve landed on our page.

Our veterinary practice has been looking after pets for over 20 years and now, following a recent expansion, we are looking for more people to join us at our clinic located in beautiful Port Stephens in New South Wales, Australia.

We are a friendly and compassionate team who love what we do and the amazing area we service. We like to maintain a welcoming atmosphere in the clinic and you’ll find we embrace our clients and our team as though they are family.

Keep scrolling to find out more about us, where we live, and take a look at our job vacancy below.

Our location

We are located in Salamander Bay, which is one of the stunning areas within the Port Stephens region known for its pristine beaches, water activities, and mountain top views.

Here, we enjoy a nature-filled lifestyle both in and out of the clear blue waters. With a resident population of over 160 bottlenose dolphins, whales that pass on their migration and a marine park, you’ll also discover endless water activities including first-class snorkelling and diving, sailing and cruising, jet-skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, surfing, deep-sea fishing and more.

If you prefer to stay dry, there’s spectacular bushwalking and wildflowers, 4WD sand dune tours, sand boarding and tobogganing, horse and camel riding and go-karting. Golf enthusiasts will find two championship courses at Horizons Golf Resort and Nelson Bay Golf Club.

For a weekend in the city, all the attractions of Sydney are just an easy car ride or bus trip away.   

Small Animal Vet - International Vets Welcome

International Vet Job Applicants

Full-time position | Small animal vet


Salamander Bay Veterinary Clinic is an accredited sponsor and welcomes veterinarians from all over the world. We offer a four-day work week with no after-hours. A generous remuneration package includes one week paid conference leave with conference fees paid.

Veterinarians from the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa are all directly registerable to work in NSW.

Veterinarians from USA, Canada, West Indies, France, Mexico, the Netherlands and South Korea are registerable after passing the NAVLE exam.

Veterinarians from other countries may need to complete the AVE (Australian Veterinary Exam Certificate) and an English proficiency exam.

We promote a friendly and professional working environment amongst our team of experienced vet practitioners and well-qualified nursing staff.

Our modern clinic has a new extension housing a second operating theatre and prep room and is well-equipped with digital (DR) radiology facilities, ultrasound, ECG, two endoscopes, video otoscope, Tonovet, orthopaedic equipment including bone plating kit, pulse oximeters, IV fluid pumps, in-house IDEXX lab equipment, and IM3 dental equipment.
Apply online or if you’d like to discuss the position first, please contact us and one of our team will be in touch. 

A reference document for international vets

The attached document provided by the Australian Veterinary Boards Council lists Australian and international qualifications deemed eligible to apply for registration as a veterinarian in Australia.

Our veterinary clinic

We are a friendly team of professionals working within a modern well-equipped practice.

Our clinic has recently received a new extension and renovation. We have multiple consultation rooms, two operating theatres and a prep room all housing the latest equipment for medical procedures and surgeries including: 

Contact us

If you have any questions please fill out this form or call us on:

If you’d like to apply for a position, please attach your CV or resume, all applications will be treated as private and confidential.