Since 1964, Animal Welfare League (AWL) has been creating happy homes for stray and abandoned animals, including pets whose owners can no longer properly care for them.

We reunite lost dogs and cats with their human family, provide temporary shelter through our foster care program and support thousands of responsible owners by boarding their pets.

For those grieving the loss of a faithful companion, our cremation and memorial team offers ways to say goodbye and celebrate the joy their pet brought to their lives.

AWL operates a shelter and a state-of-the art pet crematorium at Edinburgh North, and a new Animal Care Centre at Wingfield opening later in 2020.

By becoming a part of the AWL family, you'll be helping to rehabilitate and rehome lost and abandoned animals from across South Australia, and you'll be be a part of a best-practice team.

Please check back here regularly for further employment opportunities.


Are you ready for an exciting and challenging new opportunity?

Are you passionate about using your knowledge and skills to help lost and abandoned animals thrive and find new homes?

Are you looking for a supportive team to help hone your skills?

New grad or experienced professional, we want to hear from you!

AWL is looking for a permanent full-time shelter veterinarian to join the team. This is the chance for you to learn more about shelter medicine and make a real difference in an exciting fast paced environment.

About us

At the Animal Welfare League (AWL), we value the lives of people and pets, and encourage a community that values the human animal bond for mutual wellbeing and enrichment.

By becoming a part of the AWL family, you will be assisting in the successful rehabilitation and rehoming of lost and abandoned animals from across South Australia and be part of a team that leads the industry in animal welfare practices.

About the position

Working closely with the veterinary and animal care teams to ensure sound veterinary medical practices, the Veterinarian -

  • Provides animal care for all shelter animals, including health examinations, diagnostics, treatments, routine surgeries and consultations with our foster carers
  • Ability to perform routine surgical procedures and dental procedures
  • Providing information to staff, volunteers and public on appropriate animal care
  • Maintains accurate and complete medical records
  • Respectfully and clearly communicates with staff and volunteers to meet the needs of the animals in our care

About you

This role will suit someone who is flexible, energetic, intuitive and motivated with the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated commitment and understanding of issues relating to animal welfare
  • Knowledge of procedures used in administering and monitoring anaesthesia, providing emergency care, and performing routine surgeries and dental procedures
  • Knowledge of cat and dog breeds, basic animal behaviour and low stress handling
  • Current registration with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia
  • Knowledge and understanding of state veterinary legislations

Please address your application to the People, Culture & Safety Advisor and email to employment@awl.org.au

Applications for this position must address the essential criteria of the job description and be accompanied by a covering letter and current CV.


Volunteering at the AWL helps to provide care, food, medical attention, training and shelter to thousands of animals in need.

The AWL offer a range of volunteer roles which provide valuable experience and development opportunities.