Small Animal Internship (Multiple positions available)

About UQ’s Gatton Campus

Established over 125 years ago, UQ’s Gatton Campus has a long history – from starting out as a dedicated agricultural institution, to being a field hospital during WWII, and to joining the UQ community in 1990. With this history in mind, we’re proud to have made the Queensland Commitment, to break down personal, financial, and geographical barriers facing students to make education opportunities available for all Queenslanders.

These days, our Gatton Campus houses innovative research and teaching facilities in agriculture, animal science, veterinary science and the environment. We’ve partnered with government, industry and donors to invest in major research infrastructure, facilities and technologies, including: the largest solar research facility in the Southern Hemisphere, the state of the art Queensland Animal Sciences Precinct, and over 1000 hectares of farms.

Additional benefits of joining UQ, as well the Gatton campus specifically, include:

  • Genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process
  • Access to greater research funding opportunities, including grant writing support and post-fellowship contracts via our UQ Amplify initiative
  • Recognition of prior service with other Australian universities
  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave
  • 17% superannuation contributions
  • 25% discount on eligible UQ Vets services
  • Access to our $4.1 million UQ Sports facility
  • On campus childcare, medical clinic, and post office
  • Free parking and intercampus bus

About This Opportunity

As part of the UQ VETS Small Animal Internship program, you will be responsible for providing high quality, relationship-centred care within the UQ VETS Small Animal Hospital. The hospital provides veterinary clinical services for external clients and has a strong involvement in clinical teaching. The position is focused primarily on canine and feline patients, however exposure to avian and exotic patients will be included as part of the Primary Care service and successful candidates will have opportunities for further exposure if desired.

You will be involved in the management of primary care, emergency, and referral medicine and surgical cases, either as the primary clinician or working alongside our team of collegial specialists and experienced clinicians. The UQ VETS Small Animal Internship program is an opportunity for motivated and hardworking individuals to increase their knowledge and skills and prepare for future specialist training or expanding their experience for general practice.

You will participate in regular rounds, journal club meetings and tutorial sessions, and are supported and encouraged to complete publications or present at ANZCVS Science Week during their internship. You are also heavily involved in the teaching of undergraduate Veterinary Science students during their clinical rotations.

You will help to perform a broad range of clinical services and will work in a combined clinical, teaching and research environment. This position will also assist in the training of undergraduate and postgraduate students through demonstration and practical instruction.

Key responsibilities include: 

Clinical Work and Procedures

  • With guidance and supervision by senior staff, provide high quality, relationship-centred care to small animal, avian, exotic and wildlife patients and clients presenting to the veterinary teaching hospital during both regular hours and after- hours, including regular weekends and public holidays.
  • Assist in the management of specialist medicine, surgical and critical care cases.
  • With guidance and supervision by senior staff, assist with anaesthesia of small animal patients.
  • Be familiar with the day to day procedures used in the running of the hospital and ensure the up-to-date keeping of clinical records.
  • Practice with an acceptable level of competence in clinical medicine.
  • Assist with training of undergraduate students from both the Veterinary Science and Veterinary Technology cohorts in both the clinical and pre-clinical settings.
  • Participate in regular clinical rounds, journal club and training sessions
  • Liaise with outside clientele which includes the veterinary profession and members of the general public.
  • Maintain and promote cordial and harmonious relations in the workplace.
  • To perform other duties as directed by the Intern Supervisors or UQ VETS Management and Leadership team.


  • Participate in clinical investigations carried out in the School.
  • Contribute to the preparation of case reports for publication and presentation to an
  • audience of peers.

Citizenship and Service

  • Demonstrate citizenship behaviours that align to the UQ values.
  • Shows leadership of self through collaboration and active participation in priority activities for the unit
  • Provide support to other academic positions and unit operations as needed during other team members absences.
  • Contribute to internal service roles and administrative processes as required, including participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees.
  • Collaborate in service activities external to the immediate organisation unit.
  • Begin to develop external links and partnerships by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.

This is a clinical academic position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ’s Criteria for Academic Performance.

This is a full-time (100%) internship position for up to 1 year. At Academic level A, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $74,308.68 - $99,426.59, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $86,941.16 - $116,329.11 annually.

About You

  • BVSc, DVM or equivalent registrable in Queensland.
  • Current Radiation Use License issued by the Queensland Government.
  • Flexibility to work afterhours, weekends and public holidays.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to offer high quality relationship centred patient care to UQ Vets SAH Patients and Clients.
  • Ability to contribute to undergraduate teaching.
  • High level organisational skills and a responsible attitude to thorough and timely completion of case management.
  • An understanding and knowledge of veterinary health and safety requirements.
  • An outstanding work ethic and commitment to Small Animal veterinary practice.
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team.

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.
  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.


To discuss this role please contact Dr Wendy Goodwin at

For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number in the subject line. 

Want to Apply? 

To submit an application for this role, go to the UQ Careers portal and use the Apply button.

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Responses to the ‘About You’ section

Other Information

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

Applications close September 27th at 11.00pm AEST (R-28837).

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