Australia’s biggest not-for-profit animal hospital

Join our team

Lort Smith is Australia’s biggest, busiest, independent and not-for-profit animal hospital.

Work and learn alongside 60 other vets and 100 nurses in one of the world’s most liveable cities. The hospital is located in the heart of Melbourne, and we’ve recently opened a separate state-of-the-art clinic and adoption centre.

We treat over 20,000 patients every year, supporting the wellbeing of all animals and the people who love them.


Your work here is more than a job

Cultivating the deep connection between people and animals is the heart of what we do. And, from the clinical frontlines to essential support roles, you’ll see that bond in every dog, cat, rabbit, budgie, salamander and human we help.


Learn about Melbourne, our work and our community…

Marvellous Melbourne

Bayside and ocean beaches, more cafes than a human can contemplate, world-class coffee, lush gardens to stroll, and galleries galore including the acclaimed National Gallery of Victoria. Melbourne is one of Australia’s most popular places to live.

Learn more

Working at Lort Smith
you’ll enjoy...

  • Rewarding work that supports the community
  • Newly redeveloped hospital
  • Applying fear-free principles
  • Exotic animal veterinary care
  • The roster published 4 weeks in advance
  • No on-call after hours duties
  • Dedicated overnight care staff
  • CPD covered for vets
  • We pay your registration fee
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Wellbeing support and in-house chaplaincy
  • Not-for-profit salary sacrificing and leave loading
  • A diverse workplace that actively supports equity and inclusion
  • Pet friendly policies (of course)
  • Discounted veterinary treatment, products and pet insurance


Apply by clicking the button below. You’ll email us with your CV, copies of qualifications and contact details for two referees including someone you directly reported to.

Relocating made easier

Lort Smith partner with Kent Relocation who assist you with every facet of relocating. You get a generous allowance to cover the cost of relocating and can choose the support you need.

For example, we’ll help you:

  • Get your 482 Visa
  • Find a place to live and the perfect school
  • Connect your utilities and transport your favourite armchair
  • Even have tea in the cupboard and milk in the fridge when you arrive