Small Animal Surgery Internship (12 month contract)

The Animal Referral Hospital - Essendon, Vic
Job Number: ES2068

  • Work with a leading team of specialists in a dynamic hospital
  • Challenging, supportive and encouraging workplace
  • Excellent remuneration and benefits on offer

About the hospital

ARH Melbourne is a 24-hour emergency and referral centre, with a large team of emergency Veterinarians supporting the specialist centre. The centre has specialists in Surgery, Internal Medicine and Critical Care. Dr. Simon Kudnig, who is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (FANZCVS), a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Dip ACVS) and an ACVS Founding Fellow of Surgical Oncology, is the head of the surgery department. We see a wide range of orthopaedic, soft tissue, neurologic and oncologic surgery including advanced surgical oncologic procedures. We are equipped with arthroscopy, digital radiography, IMEX linear and circular external fixation, TPLO, Kyon equipment (Pauls, THR), Ligasure, plating systems, neurosurgery equipment, as well as a CT scanner and MRI unit on-site.

About the position

The Surgery department is staffed by 2 specialist surgeons (Dr. Simon Kudnig and Dr. Tania Shaw), a surgical intern, and a team of surgical nurses. The surgical intern is expected to become competent in assisting the surgeons with consultations, diagnostic procedures, surgical procedures, case management, patient discharges and medical records. The intern will also be trained and be expected to become competent in performing diagnostic procedures such as radiography, CT and MRI. The intern will also be involved in the anaesthesia of patients, as well as the post-operative care of patients and transfer of patients to the intensive care unit. Assistance in preparation for membership of the ANZCVS will be offered and interns will be encouraged to seek residency training following the completion of the internship and will be assisted in such training opportunities. 

What we can offer

This internship offers an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated, hardworking, experienced and professional individual to work and learn in a busy and friendly referral hospital. Previous ARH interns have continued on to residency positions worldwide. 


Candidates must be eligible for veterinary registration in Victoria and have excellent communication skills and work ethic as well as a strong knowledge base on which to build. Clinical experience is desirable but not essential. The position includes 4 weeks annual leave and 1-week study leave. 

The 12-month internship will commence in November 2020. Applications should include curriculum vitae, a cover letter stating the reasons for seeking the internship and the name and contact details of three referees with at least one from an academic and one from a practice/clinical background. 

Enquiries about the internship can be directed to Dr Simon Kudnig, Surgeon, or +61 3 9379 0700. 

To apply, please email your application to, quoting job number ‘ES2068’. 

Fiona Hall
Business Manager
Animal Referral Hospital
72 Hargrave Avenue
Essendon VIC 3040


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