WestVETS Equine Hospital offers three (3) rotating internships focusing on developing recent graduates into well-rounded equine clinicians with the ability to retain and build upon small animal skills. This is a unique internship that is hard to match, the intern will gain a broad range of clinical skills to prepare them for whichever road they choose to take as a veterinarian. Our practice emphasizes a team approach to cases and interns will have strong mentorship from all of the veterinarians in the practice.
The Equine Hospital caseload has a good variety of cases; colics (both surgical and medical), ophthalmology (ulcers, conjunctival grafts, stromal abscesses), neonates (septic and dummy foals), orthopaedic (arthroscopy, fracture repair, arthrodesis), soft tissue surgery (laparoscopy, upper airway) wounds and medical cases (liver disease, weight loss, diarrhea etc). The clinicians also see a high number of lameness cases (fully equipped with a lameness locator) and prepurchase exams. We also have a very high caseload of routine calls such as dentals including dental extractions and run a very busy routine and emergency ambulatory service. The Equine Reproduction Centre is located at Marburg, interns are able to gain some exposure to the assisted reproduction such as artificial insemination, embryo transfer and stallion collection. Interns have exposure to a wide variety of patients including racehorses to companion ponies to Olympic calibre athletes. There is also a moderate caseload of camelids, small ruminants and cattle that are seen both in the hospital and on the road. Graduate veterinarians will be confident to walk into any equine or mixed practice with a solid start to their careers.
The intern will have exposure to first opinion small animal consults such as vaccinations, snake bites/rat bait/tick cases, desexing, wounds and general medicine cases. Both the Equine Hospital and Reproduction Unit have a small animal clinic associated with it; the amount of small animal exposure can be tailored to each individual intern.
Please contact us if you would like more details regarding the internship. We strongly encourage applicants to speak to our current and previous interns. We also welcome those interested in the internship to visit the practice.
Renumeration and Work Conditions
- Salary is in line with the Veterinary Services Award
- Weekend duties include a 1 in 2 rotation which includes a long weekend (4 days off)
- The internship includes 1 week of conference/study leave as well as 4 weeks of holiday leave
- Subsidized rental accommodation is close to the clinic (2 minutes via car)
- Applicants must be eligible for registration with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland, Australia.
- Start date is early January
Applicants are requested to provide a current curriculum vitae including references and a cover letter.
Applications should be emailed with the subject ‘Internship Application’ to the following email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and cc to email@example.com
Veterinary students are welcome to see practice at WestVETS. Due to the large variety of cases, please discuss with our student coordinator to tailor your experience.
If you are interested in seeing practice, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org