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AVENEL EQUINE HOSPITAL – Hospital Equine Internship – 12 Months
Avenel Equine Hospital is located in the heart of Victoria, Australia’s Thoroughbred breeding region. The practice offers intensive and critical care, 24hr emergency surgery services at their growing hospital and surgery. Avenel Equine Hospital are starting a new internship programme in Feb 2023 that will run for one year. Positions will be available in February and July of each year.

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  • Number of positions annually: 2 interns (Staggered intakes Autumn and Spring)
  • Package: Salary €20- 28K commensurate with experience.
  • Accommodation: included with all bills covered.
  • Pool vehicle available for use.
  • VDS VCI paid.
  • Rota: 1 in 3
  • The team: 7 vets including cert holder, plus 2 surgeons and 3 interns. 3 nurses and 4 support staff.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Anaesthesia (450 surgeries annually).
  • Care of hospitalised patients.
  • Medical cases including neonates.
  • Lamenesses: will be confident in all blocks and most joint medications, ultrasound, radiology etc. by end of year.
  • Gastroscopy, airway endoscopy, BAL and medical ultrasound.
  • Assist with and attend ambulatory calls independently with support.
  • Training in reproductive ultrasound, AI, uterine lavage etc – the interns do most of the frozen mare scanning under supervision so will be highly. competent in this by the end of the programme.
  • Regular tutorials and journal clubs.

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  • Number of positions: 3 Internships, rolling start dates.
  • Package: €27,681 gross annual salary.
  • Accommodation: available at reduced rate
  • Rota: 1 in 2
  • The Team: 4 specialists; Two in surgery, one internal medicine and one reproduction. Three residents, 3 interns, 3 nurses and 3 support staff

Learning Opportunities:

  • Rotating internship between surgery and internal medicine/reproduction.
  • Primary responsibilities for inpatient care and diagnostics and assisting with relevant procedures.
  • Participation in all cases under the supervision of residents and clinicians.
  • Teaching and supervision responsibilities of final year students.
  • Regular journal clubs and presentation of a seminar on a selected topic- can be converted to a publication where appropriate.



  • Number of positions annually: 7-8 interns, start dates: January, June September.
  • Salary: €18000 pa.
  • Accommodation: provided.
  • Car: pool cars provided.
  • Rota: 1:2 to 1:4 depending on time of year.
  • The team: 2 x specialist surgeons ACVS/ECVS, 1 x consultant in internal medicine/ emergency + critical care.


  • Proficiency in care of hospitalised patients including ICU/NICU.
  • Investigation and diagnosis of medical, surgical and lameness cases.
  • Exposure and proficiency in diagnostic imaging including radiography, ultrasonography, endoscopy and scintigraphy.
  • Competency in intravenous and gaseous anaesthesia techniques.
  • Exposure to/rotation on ambulatory service (accompany senior veterinarians).



  • Number of positions: Five total
  • 4 interns needed to start in July.
  • Another 12 month internship starts in December.
  • 6-month internship position in December/ January.
  • Salary: €26,208 gross annual salary.
  • No accommodation.
  • VCI fee refunded on completion, VDS paid and IEVA membership paid.
  • Rota: 3 in 5 rotating between first on call, second on call and nights. 2 wknds off in 5.
  • The team: 8 ambulatory vets, 4 hospital based vets inc. Specialists in surgery. 5 interns, 3 nurses, 6 animal care assistants and 4 support staff.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Rotating internship between anaesthesia, surgery and internal medicine with focus on neonatology in a purpose-built referral hospital
  • End of year of year proficiency expected in adult and neonatal anaesthesia (inc. gaseous and intravenous anaesthesia for field procedures)
  • Basic nerve blocks including perineural and joints
  • Acquisition and interpretation of radiographic, ultrasound and nuclearscintigraphic imaging
  • Wide and varied surgical procedures inc. fracture fixation, laparascopic urogenital procedures and emergencies inc. colic and caesarean sections.
  • Regular participation and presentation in journal clubs and each intern encouraged and supported to produce case report to present at a national veterinary conference.

Contact: Att: Simon Hennessy


  • Number of positions: 6-8 positions, January and July start dates.
  • Salary: €25-35 depending on experience.
  • Accommodation included.
  • VDS and 20 days holidays.
  • Rota: 1 in 3.
  • The team: 17 ambulatory vets, 4 surgeons, 1 internal medic, 7 nurses.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Rotating internship through medicine and surgery.
  • High caseload of neonates during season and high-volume orthopaedic cases.
  • Opportunity for training in acquisition of advanced imaging such as CT and MRI.
  • Regular tutorials throughout the year.
  • End of year proficiency expected in anaesthesia, lameness diagnostics, management of emergency cases and core surgical principles.

Contact: Shauna Lawless at


Troytown GreyAbbey Hospital offers a limited number of internship positions for graduate veterinarians – the positions are for a fixed period of 12 months.

The Intern’s main responsibility are in-patient and out-patient care based at the hospital.

Duties include anaesthesia, intensive care monitoring and the day-to-day care of all of the hospitalized patients. In addition, Interns will help perform radiography, ultrasonography, nuclear scintigraphy (bone scanning), MRI scanning, colic and lameness workups.