Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

  • Contract: 6 – 12 months, opportunity to renew
  • Hours: Full-Time or Part-Time applicants welcome
  • Annual Salary: $15,600 – $36,000 USD (after tax)
  • Location: BKK1, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Date posted: 4 April 2023

Who we are looking for:

We are offering candidates a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate to Cambodia and develop their veterinary careers. We strongly encourage international applicants to apply!

We are seeking a new, qualified veterinarian to join our small but passionate team at the Phnom Penh practice to fulfill either a full-time or part-time, salaried position, on a  6 – 12 month minimum contract with the option to renew further.

Assistance will be provided with every step of the way, and formalities such as visas and working permits are covered by us as the employer.

About You:

We are looking for an enthusiastic, skilled and committed veterinarian who practices and performs to a high standard of care in small animal medicine and surgery. Additionally, you will have:

  • 5+ years of previous experience as a qualified veterinarian (preferred) – However more recent graduates are also encouraged to apply subject to experience, specialities and qualifications. (Please specify in your cover letter or resume)
  • Well-developed clinical and soft tissue surgical skills (confidence in spay/neuter surgery is essential)
  • Sound emotional maturity and animal welfare ethics
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • Fluent in English. This is the predominant language spoken in the clinic, but the ability to speak another language is advantageous, particularly Mandarin as we get many Chinese clients
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to delegate tasks effectively
  • Independence, flexibility, a passion for animal welfare and a sense of adventure as the driving force behind relocating to Cambodia

Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon duties:

  • Assessing and examining patients, and diagnosing their medical issues
  • Conducting laboratory tests on specimens to diagnose medical conditions
  • Conducting diagnostic imaging and ultrasound examinations
  • Performing surgery, dressing and treating wounds, and prescribing medication
  • Promoting preventative care by advocating and administering routine vaccinations, and by educating clients on positive diet and lifestyle choices for pets
  • Improving patients’ dental health by performing checkups, and cleaning and extracting teeth
  • Euthanising patients
  • Ensuring compliance with veterinary ethics and relevant statutes, policies, and procedures
  • Maintaining patients’ medical records and communicating with the nursing, reception and management team

What we offer you:

  • Flexible Monday – Friday working hours, rotating weekend shifts, no out of hours
  • 30 minute consultations
  • Paid holiday and sick leave following Cambodian employment law
  • Overtime is recorded by the minute
  • VIN membership is paid by us the employer
  • An annual CPD allowance of $350
  • The use of Teleos Practice Management Software
  • Varied caseload comprising of both small animal medicine, surgery and animal welfare
  • Internal support where needed from the other VSL team members (special interests in areas such as orthopaedics, dermatology, soft tissue surgery, tropical disease, animal behaviour and pet import/export requirements)
  • We have a wonderful team of both international and Cambodian staff who are very welcoming, will support you in your role and work cooperatively in a tight-knit team
  • Assistance in acquiring necessary Cambodian working permits and visas
  • Advise when organising vaccinations, travel, accommodation and local banking when relocating and settling into life in Cambodia


If you have the skills, experience and enthusiasm to be successful in this role, please send applications or inquiries to (or drop off the documents in person at the Clinic) ensuring you include the following:

  • A cover letter in Word or PDF format
  • A current resume in Word or PDF format

The successful applicant will be required to complete satisfactory background screening checks and provide references.

VSL is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion.