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The equine surgery internship at Ballarat Veterinary Practice runs for a period of 18 months. During this time the intern will undertake rotations through the surgery, anaesthesia, medicine and ambulatory aspects of the practice.

Interns begin with four to eight weeks of intensive training in equine anaesthesia.  During this time, skills associated with all aspects of general anaesthesia and advanced standing sedation for surgical procedures will be taught.  Over the period of the rotation, the intern will perform pre-anaesthesia assessments and anaesthetic planning, catheter placement, induction and maintenance of anaesthesia or secation as required.  Monitoring during general anaesthesia will also be taught to allow safe maintenance of general anaesthesia.

On successful completion of the anaesthesia rotation, the intern will be allocated on a rotating basis to the three surgeons within the practice.  During their time with each surgeon, the intern will be responsible for pre-operative assessment, drug administration, maintenance of patient records, and managing discharge instructions for the surgeon.  The intern will be trained in the taking of radiographs, performing ultrasound, carrying out upper airway endoscopy, and will spend time learning to undertake bone-scans and in some instances MRI examinations.

Attention to the written record is essential to each surgeon, ensuring that all medical records are accurate and that billing is thoroughly recorded electronically via the SmartFlow App using clinic iPads.

During the allocation to each surgeon, there will be opportunities for ambulatory work to take place both with the surgeon, and with other ambulatory veterinarians within the practice. 

It is expected that during the reproduction season, the intern will spend time with the ambulatory veterinarians to obtain rectal ultrasound skills to allow for basic reproductive examinations.

The intern will also be trained to attend the local standardbred race-track to officiate as the Race Day Veterinarian.  There is normally a training period of three race meetings after which the intern will be expected to manage the meetings on their own.

During the internship, there is an expectation that the intern will present at least on case every eight weeks.  Journal Clubs are held in conjunction with the Hong Kong Jockey Club one evening per month to allow for case presentations.  During the term of the internship it is expected that the intern will develop a case report, or case series, suitable for presentation at a conference or inclusion in a publication.


Ballarat is Victoria's third largest city, with a population of over 100,000 and is located just over an hour by road or rail west of Melbourne.   Take a look at what Ballarat has to offer!

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.

The clinic is located adjacent to Dowling Forest Racecourse, and in close proximity to numerous high profile thoroughbred racing stables. Approximately 500 horses are trained on-course.

The clinic has two registered specialists in Equine Surgery: Dr Ian Fulton, and Dr Brian Anderson who are supported by ACVS trained Dr Travis Smyth.  There are also six associate veterinarians based at the site, along with a team of four interns who support the surgery and lameness clinicians.

BVP Equine Clinic is especially renowned for respiratory surgery and advanced diagnostic imaging including scintigraphy, magnetic resonance imaging, digital radiography and exercise respiratory endoscopy.It is also home to Victoria's only standing MRI machine.  The hospital accepts referrals form veterinarians from across Victoria and interstate, as well as providing service to local race horses, as well as sport and pleasure horses.

The clinic is complemented by five companion animal practices and a regional equine ambulatory practice.

Salary Package

The salary package is $55,348 per annum, plus superannuation and additional benefits which include access to continuing education and AVA membership.

A car and a mobile phone are provided.

Veterinary Registration Requirements for Australia

It is necessary for the applicant to be able to be registered in Victoria, Australia. Applicants will only be considered for the position if they meet the full registration requirements of the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria.

Unfortunately, the qualifications obtained from many veterinary schools in Europe, South America, Asia are not recognised by the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria and we will not consider applicants who cannot be fully registered.

Working Visa requirements for Australia

Ballarat Veterinary Practice has accredited sponsorship status with the Department of Home Affairs, and will assist the successful applicant with the visa requirements for working in Australia.