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Equine Surgery Internship

Ballarat Veterinary Practice Equine Clinic

Miners Rest Victoria, Australia

The equine surgery internship at the Ballarat Veterinary Practice Equine clinic runs for a period of 18 months and we are currently seeking applications for our next cohort, with three places available commencing in, January 2022 and June 2022.

The Ballarat Veterinary Practice was established in 1945 and is one of the longest running and most experienced equine hospitals in the Southern Hemisphere.  Renowned for our expertise in equine medicine, surgery and diagnostic imaging, the clinic offers both primary and referral consultations and a full range of racetrack and on-farm services.

The aim of the program is to provide a high level of experience and advanced specialty training in equine surgery, anaesthesia, lameness diagnosis, ultrasound, endoscopy, clinical pathology, and emergency medicine, and will provide the intern with an excellent grounding in equine veterinary science.  Interns undergo training in equine handling and horsemanship with a professional equine trainer prior to starting the internship.  The intern has the option to undertake a project for publication or presentation and will attend a monthly journal club.

Our internship program focuses on the following areas of intensive learning:


Preoperative assessment of horses to ensure they are a safe individual to undergo general anaesthesia. Learning intravenous and gaseous anaesthesia techniques, direct arterial blood-pressure monitoring and the use of assisted ventilation whilst under general anaesthesia. Training in the use of IV standing sedation techniques to allow major surgical procedures to be undertaken while standing.

Lameness Assessments

Training in the correct collection of the history associated with the clinical case. Hands on training in clinical examination, and palpation in common lameness conditions. Training to perform diagnostic tests such as nerve and joint blocks.

Diagnostic Imaging

Training in the application and principles of diagnostic imaging modalities including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), scintigraphy, x-ray and digital radiology, ultrasonography, gastroscope and video endoscopy.

Training in radiation safety, hygiene and biosecurity, interpretation and manipulation of images, operation of equipment and understanding of techniques including undertaking dynamic endoscopic procedures associated with treadmill exercise of horses.

Clinical pathology

Collection of blood, synovial fluid and abdominal fluid and processing through automated machinery housed at the clinic and collection of samples of various other bodily fluids that require external assessment. Correct submission pathways to ensure samples are handed appropriately and with biosecurity measures undertaken.


Full preoperative assessment of the surgical patient including the ability to create a prognosis for outcome prior to the surgical procedure. Patient preparation before the beginning of surgery, assistance during surgery and teaching of basic surgical skills associated with all general equine surgery. Importantly postoperative management involving medications, bandaging, wound care and reporting, as well as communication with clients regarding surgical procedures.

For more information we encourage you to click on the following link to view a video about the program:

A car and a mobile phone are included as part of the package

To apply, please send a cover letter and your CV to the attention of Dr Massimo Delli-Rocili at