Small Animal Medicine Internship 2023

The Centre for Animal Referral and Emergency is inviting applications for its internship program in small animal internal medicine. 

About CARE

CARE is a multidisciplinary veterinary specialist and emergency hospital in Collingwood, centrally located on the fringe of Melbourne’s CBD.  It is fortunate to have a strong and progressive team of specialists in small animal internal medicine and surgery, as well as an excellent, experienced team of emergency veterinarians, nurses and support staff. 

The centre is very well equipped with imaging (Siemens 16-slice CT, digital radiography, digital subtraction fluoroscopy, Phillips affinity and POC ultrasound machines, consistent off-site access to 3T MRI imaging), critical care (6 new Menios oxygen cages, Getinge Servo-u ventilator, Airvo hiflow and newly created critical care suite), laboratory (Radiometer blood-gas machine, IDEXX Procyte haematology, Catalyst biochemistry and coagulation machines) and other equipment such as Olympus endoscopy and advanced anaesthetic monitoring.

The Position

The Internal Medicine Internship evolved from the symbiotic intentions of creating a genuine learning opportunity, and a realistic introduction to the discipline, whilst supporting the specialist staff in their clinical duties.  Intrinsic to the process of internship, this position also serves as an opportunity to display the qualities that might be considered as criteria for selection in the process of application for more advanced positions, such as residency training. 

The intensive clinical exposure and active involvement with numerous specialists within both the primary, and allied, disciplines creates an ideal foundation for the pursuit of other formal or informal structured continuing education, including completion of examinations for Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.

The Internal Medicine Department at CARE enjoys a consistent and varied caseload that encompasses an interesting and broad range of clinical presentations.  It is staffed by specialists Drs Linda Abraham, Karen Brenner, Sophie Haynes and ACVIM diplomat, Dr Laura Lim; as well as a dedicated and cohesive team of experienced nurses.  Together, they form a supportive, co-operative, and collaborative team, committed to optimising the outcome for our patients by the considered application of available evidence and knowledge.

The internal medicine intern works closely with all members of the Internal Medicine team as well as staff within other departments of the hospital that contribute to the management of the department’s caseload.  The internship involves supervised clinical patient management, including in-patient care, assistance with and co-ordination of procedures, client and referring veterinarian communication, including compilation of histories, as well as participation in rounds and regular journal club sessions. There is also mentoring support and tutorials for those wishing to sit membership examinations.

About You

Internal medicine is a complex and challenging, yet intensely rewarding discipline. This role would suit a highly-motivated, hard-working and enthusiastic veterinarian with a minimum of 12 months of practical experience and a strong interest in internal medicine.  Whilst it is not a pre-requisite, this position would suit someone considering developing their interest to the extent of specialist training in the discipline in future.  It would be expected that the successful applicant would share the strong patient and outcome focus, and commitment to the provision of exceptional quality of service and standard of care, that are defining and distinguishing characteristics our team.

Life at CARE

The successful candidate will enjoy:

  • Membership of a friendly, supportive, and highly productive team of veterinarians and nurses within the Internal Medicine department, and more broadly, within CARE.
  • Involvement in the management of an interesting, complex and varied caseload in an environment committed to achieving the best patient outcomes with the resources and equipment to achieve them.
  • Immersion in a workplace culture that encourages, values, and makes provision for continuing professional development, with a strong emphasis on the educational and professional value of the internship program.
  • Relocation assistance and the potential for Visa sponsorship for international candidates (must have veterinary degree that is recognized for registration in Victoria0.
  • A workplace that is focused on employee wellbeing, professional satisfaction, and the sustainability of veterinary work.
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and great staff
  • An easy commute to work, owing to our close proximity to multimodal public transport and major arterial freeways. Secure off-street staff car parking is available.
  • Centrally located workplace in one of Melbourne's most exciting lifestyle precincts.

How to Apply

Applications and enquiries should be directed to Dr Sophie Haynes by email: Applications should include a cover letter outlining your suitability and enthusiasm for the position, and a current CV (including contact details for three references).

CARE is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or age.


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