Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care Internship

We are looking for our next dynamic group of ECC interns to join the GARS family.


This is an exciting opportunity most suited to those who are true team players determined to advance their career in ECC. At GARS you will enjoy a diverse high-volume case load in all disciplines with excellent support from two industry leading emergency specialists and plus education and support from other department specialists, residents and department specific interns. GARS is completely dedicated to its team, and you will be joining a family where every member is highly valued, supported, rewarded, and cared for. The ECC internship program has been designed to develop your training and education specific to ECC but also other areas with a structured blend of non-clinical and clinical development to best prepare you for your next chosen step.

About Us

GARS is a privately owned, multidisciplinary, small animal referral hospital. The hospital is staffed 24/7 with onsite specialists in surgery, internal medicine, emergency critical care and diagnostic imaging.

The GARS vision is to be Victoria’s leading referral centre. Extending beyond our first-class facility, we are dedicated to recruiting like-minded, team players to help achieve this goal. The hospital is brand-new and purpose-built. It is surrounded by beautiful greenspaces, while overlooking the Barwon River, Balyang sanctuary and Balyang Golf course. The facility is packed with state-of-the-art equipment, some of which includes; onsite MRI, CT, C-arm Video Fluoroscopy, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, DR radiography, multiparameter patient monitoring, mechanical ventilators, ECG, blood gas/electrolyte, coagulation, haematology and biochemistry machines. Surgery and medical equipment is extremely comprehensive, permitting treatment of a huge array of conditions.

We are dedicated to ensuring an appropriate work-life balance for all staff. If you wish to join our team that means you also are driven to achieving the highest possible standards of patient care and wish to work within a facility where staff excel at their job within a fun, inclusive and exceptional workspace.

About the area

GARS overlooks the Balyang Golf Course and Barwon River with bike and walking paths right on our front doorstep. The popular cafes, restaurants and bars of Pakington street and Geelong CBD are only several minutes away. The outstanding wineries and distilleries of the Bellarine peninsula and beautiful beaches of Torquay Surf Coast and the famous Great Ocean Road are less than 25minutes away. Transport links are excellent, with the South Geelong train station less than 3kms from the hospital, the Spirit of Tasmania Ferry, Avalon and Melbourne International Airports, 15, 25 and 60 minutes from the hospital. Major arterials are also close by, offering fast and easy connections to Melbourne, Victoria’s North, West and South.

About the Emergency & Critical Care Service
The ECC service is run by specialists Dr Nicole Trigg (FANZCVS) and Dr Sarah Haldane (DACVECC). Nicole and Sarah have extensive experience and are passionate about providing exceptional patient care. Nicole and Sarah also aim to provide extensive training and support to interns to allow them to become competent in managing ECC cases. The ECC department specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of those emergent and critical cases with strong support from the surgical, medical and imaging departments.

Position details

  • The ECC internship is designed to allow the intern to gain the confidence and necessary skills to manage a wide range of emergency and critical care cases over an 18 month period.
  • It will involve day, night, weekend and public holiday shifts, with a rotating roster to allow work-life balance
  • Referral only cases (no walk-in emergencies)
  • Mentorship, training, support, and guidance provided by a dynamic group of Specialists (Surgery, Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care) and a supportive team of nursing staff.
  • Involvement in daily hospital and ECC rounds, and weekly in-clinic tutorials, journal club and morbidity and mortality rounds with specialists from all GARS departments
  • Mentorship and support for interns to pursue ANZCVS membership if desired
  • Continuing education support, including attendance at conferences is encouraged
  • Completion of the University of Melbourne Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care is also included as part of your employment package.
  • Guidance and support provided for applications to Residency programs, both within GARS and external institutions.
  • Full time position

Key Accountabilities of GARS intern

You will always;

  • Strive to provide clinical excellence in the treatment of all patients
  • Seek guidance from senior staff and the nursing team where appropriate
  • Positive collaboration with all hospital departments
  • Achieve and maintain amicable relationships with staff from referring practices.
  • Represent the hospital and business in a positive and respectful manner
  • Complete case-based paperwork diligently and in a timely fashion
  • Foster a friendly and unified team environment

About You

You will have the following;

  • Registered as a veterinarian in Victoria
  • General practice experience desirable but not essential, ie we will consider new graduates
  • Passion for delivering the highest standard of care
  • Eagerness to have primary case responsibility.
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong work ethic and enthusiasm for high caseload
  • Effective time management and organisational skills
  • Commitment to lifelong learning and continuing education
  • Commitment to the culture and values of the business
  • Honest, reliable and loyal character

Pay and Conditions

  • This is a full-time position based on a 3 x 12.5hr shift working week.
  • Regular working hours are 6.30am-7pm or 6.30pm-7am shifts, with weekend and public holiday work also required on a shared roster.
  • Annual leave, personal/carer’s leave, parental leave, compassionate leave and community service leave will accrue and be provided in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009.
  • Superannuation paid additional to salary package at 11.0%
  • CPD allowance is 2% of base wage
  • Completion of the University of Melbourne Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care is also included as part of your employment package.
  • Radiation Licence expense covered during employment.

Email your CV and cover letter to: Dr Nicole Trigg:

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