Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, College of Sciences, Palmerston North

This is a full-time, four-year fixed-residency in Small Animal Surgery. The purpose of this residency programme is to support specialist training, and to encourage postgraduate study in small animal surgery as a foundation for referral specialist practice, or an academic career in small animal surgery.

The key objectives of the programme are: 

  • to provide advanced clinical training in surgery and related fields sufficient for board certification in small animal surgery (the candidate may choose from residencies aligned to either Australian or European College programmes)
  • to encourage and provide the opportunity for intensive study of relevant scientific literature. - to instruct and support a research project and the publication of original research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Our AVMA accredited veterinary programme is world renowned, with a focus on providing quality learning experiences for students. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital is composed of four main clinical services - a Companion Animal Hospital, Equine, Production Animal and Wildlife. The hospital is staffed by board certified specialists in anaesthesiology, internal medicine, nutrition, oncology, diagnostic imaging, emergency medicine/critical care, soft-tissue and orthopaedic surgery. Visiting specialists in neurology, cardiology and ophthalmology also contribute to the clinical fabric of the hospital. Patient care is supported 24/7 by a dedicated team of ER veterinarians and nurses. The Hospital has good diagnostic facilities including digital imaging, ultrasonography, fluoroscopy and a 16-slice CT scanner. Ready access to off-site MRI and PET-CT is available. Diagnostic facilities are provided by an on-site commercial laboratory (New Zealand Veterinary Pathology [NZVP]); an in-house suite of IDEXX laboratory equipment is also available. The veterinary facilities are currently undergoing a major refurbishment, which will provide world-class facilities for all clinical and research activities.

The expected start date is May 2018.

For further information visit our website at or email Senior Lecturer, Kat Crosse,

Closing date: 26 January 2018
Reference number: A440-17MA

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