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    Equine Ambulatory and Racetrack Veterinarian

    Ballarat Veterinary Practice - Equine Clinic

    • Compassion • Respect • Professionalism • Teamwork


    The Ballarat Veterinary Practice Equine clinic is a 12-vet practice based on the edge of the Ballarat Turf Club Racing and Training Centre, where 550 horses are trained and 25 race meetings are held each year. There is also a large standardbred population and 40 meetings per year are held at the local harness track. The clinic provides a hospital based surgical and imaging referral service and is the base for the ambulatory services provided to the racetrack and general equine clients in the surrounding district. The hospital also has an internship program with four interns currently employed. The practice conducts regular visits to neighbouring racing regions including Ararat, Stawell and Horsham and in addition has a satellite five-vet equine clinic based in Warrnambool. 

    The position available is for a member of the racetrack and ambulatory team which provides service to all breeds of horses from thoroughbreds, standardbreds and sport horses through to all types of pleasure horses and ponies in the district. As well as racing stable work, typical general practice equine work is also undertaken including lameness assessment, dentistry, lacerations, reproductive work including ultrasound scanning, field colic assessment and all general veterinary equine work. Due to the size of the practice and level of experience there is strong support for our ambulatory veterinarians at all times. 

    The practice has three surgeons (two specialist and one ACVS residency trained) available for consultation and assistance with referral of cases. The clinic has full surgical facilities, ultrasound, digital radiography, endoscopy, scintigraphy and standing MRI facilities and the ability to house up to 28 horses. 

    Successful applicants should be graduates with at least two years' experience, preferably in a similar role.

    Weekend after hours responsibility is shared equally between members of the ambulatory team with the normal rotation being one weekend every four weeks. Duties will involve all ambulatory services as outlined above and also attending both thoroughbred and harness race meetings as the official veterinarian. 

    Remuneration is dependent on experience, however the package starts at $120,000. This includes the base salary, superannuation, and an estimate of extra after hours commissions, as well as a car and phone for business and reasonable personal use. Also included in the remuneration package is Australian Veterinary Association membership and an annual Continuing Education stipend of $2,000 per annum. We support and encourage applicants to pursue certificate and membership qualifications. We also assist with visa applications and relocation logistics. 

    Ballarat is a thriving regional city, rich in history and culture.  It is the perfect place to settle with all of the convenience of city life, but with postcard-perfect scenic beauty, and less hustle and bustle than Melbourne - while still only being an hour and a half's drive from all Melbourne has to offer.  With highly sought after private schools, and excellent health care, Victoria's largest inland city has everything you need.  For more, check out the following link:

    Interested applicants should forward a resume and covering letter which includes the names of three referees to the attention of Dr. Andrew Cust at

Equine Internship - 2022 Position Available
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We currently have a vacancy for a qualified Veterinarian as an Equine Intern commencing in June 2022
Full details of the internship program are available here

    Equine Veterinary Nurse

    Ballarat Veterinary Practice - Equine Clinic

    • Compassion • Respect • Professionalism • Teamwork


    Above award salary + 38hrs per week over four days + extra paid leave for study + access to EAP + friendly and supportive team = great opportunity!

    The Ballarat Veterinary Practice Equine Clinic was established in 1945 and is one of the largest and most experienced equine hospitals in the Southern Hemisphere.  It is a full-service equine hospital offering both primary and referral consultations.  Our fully equipped hospital offers a complete range of services including surgery, medicine, racetrack ambulatory, and advanced diagnostic imaging.

    The broad experience base of our highly skilled team means that not only are we well equipped to provide superior care and service to our equine patients, but also there is remarkable potential for you to learn and grow.

    Working under the guidance of our highly skilled Head Nurse, and our broader veterinary team; this is an opportunity that does not present itself often.

    In this role you will be rotating through tasks including:

    • surgical nursing in a busy and well-resourced equine hospital
    • providing assistance with diagnostic imaging
    • trained in in-house pathology, sterilisation and biosecurity practices
    • perform one-on-one assistance to vets and specialist surgeons
    • exposure to a wide range of ambulatory cases

    To be successful in this role you will be:

    • calm under pressure
    • able to work with a sense of urgency
    • highly competent in and have an excellent understanding of general animal care principles
    • An experienced and competent horse handler
A Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing qualification is very much preferred, but we will consider applicants with excellent horse handling skills and a willingness to dedicate themselves to a career in equine veterinary nursing, and a preparedness to undertake the rigors of study required to become qualified.

Ballarat is a beautiful, thriving city of more than 100,000 people, making it the third largest inland city in Australia.  It has a vibrant sporting, arts and cultural community.  Ballarat boasts affordable living, top class schools, hospitals, sporting and entertainment venues of its own, whilst Melbourne is little more than an hour away via train or on the freeway.

You should mark your application "Equine Nurse - 2022" and send your covering letter and resume to to the attention of Jessie Koene, Head Nurse Equine.

Stables Attendants (casual)
Ballarat Veterinary Practice - Equine Clinic

• Compassion • Respect • Professionalism • Teamwork

Our equine facility in Miners Rest is always keen to hear from skilled and experienced, local horse handlers to add to our team of dedicated full-time and casual Stables Attendants.  

Leading into our busy season, we are currently seeking several casual Stables Attendants, and would welcome applications from experienced horse handlers who:

  • have a proven record of horse handling and experience in equine care
  • are highly trained in horse behaviour and confidently able to identify signs of a stressed or irritated horse
  • are able to work as part of a team
  • are reliable, hard-working and diligent
  • are calm, patient and steady in nature
  • are able to follow instructions as well as work independently, and
  • are available for weekend work, as well as sometimes at short notice.

Previous experience working in a racing stable would be a distinct advantage, but is not essential.  Certificates in Equine Care and/or in Racing would be favourable.

Key responsibilities may include (but are not limited to):

  • Feeding & watering
  • Grooming 
  • Routine daily checks
  • Assisting veterinarians, nurses and farriers
  • Cleaning out stables
  • General yard duties
  • Observation of, and adherence to, all safety protocol

If this interests you, please email your CV and a brief cover letter to the attention of Equine Head Nurse, Jessie Koene at 


Internships and Externships

We are now seeking applicants for our January 2022 and June 2022 intakes.

To apply, send a covering letter and your CV marked to the attention of Dr Massimo Delli-Rocili via 



The Ballarat Veterinary Practice has four internships in equine surgery and anaesthesia that run for an 18 month period.

To view a video which provides a fantastic insight into the program as well as some testimonials from past participants, please click on the play button below.

    To take a look at the detailed 2021/22 Internship Program Outline click here.

    Interested in knowing where a BVP Internship might take you? Here is a list of our past interns and where they ended up following their successful completion of our program at BVP.


    The Ballarat Veterinary Practice encourages veterinary students from Australia and overseas to come and experience the day to day life of an equine veterinarian. Click here to view a summary of our externship program.