Internship Positions

Two x 1-year internship programmes in small animal surgery, imaging and medicine.

  • World class internship structure with specialised equipment
  • A proven practical pathway to specialisation
  • Exceptional track record of successful graduates
  • Work with five surgical, two internal medicine, two radiology and one dermatology specialists

 Veterinary Specialists Auckland in conjunction with Zoetis New Zealand is pleased to announce two x 1 year internship programmes in small animal surgery, imaging and medicine.

Applications for the internship close December 12th.



A practical pathway to specialisation

The VSA/Zoetis internship was established in 2002 and has run every year since. The programme has been extremely successful in achieving its primary goal of providing a pathway for young veterinarians to progress to specialisation. Thirteen interns have completed the programme, 10 are now specialists in the respective fields of internal medicine, radiology, surgery, and dermatology after completing subsequent residency training programmes in the USA, Ireland and Australia. One past intern is completing a PhD in animal welfare and another is currently in a surgical residency at Tufts University in the USA.

What we offer you

The programme is well structured and is supported by five surgical specialists, two internal medicine specialists and two radiology specialists with close support from a dermatology specialist and a team of specialist pathologists. The internship runs across two purpose built specialist veterinary hospitals with a comprehensive range of specialist veterinary services including:

  • Total hip replacement
  • Brain surgery programme
  • Interventional radiological services
  • Access to radiation therapy
  • An in-house CT scanner
  • Ultrasonography
  • Access to MRI and PET-CT scans,
  • Full endoscopy and arthroscopy services
  • Minimally invasive surgery

About Veterinary Specialists Auckland

The best way to find out a bit more about us it to take a video tour through our Auckland based hospitals here:

When does the internship start?

We invite applications for this position beginning 28 January 2019.  The positions will be 12 months rotating through the specialist services at the VSA hospitals in Mt Albert & Sylvia Park, Auckland.  Eight months will be spent in surgery, two months in internal medicine and two months in diagnostic imaging.  Each intern will be expected to fully participate in case management, perioperative surgical care, and assist with after-hours care of cases in the hospitals.  Attendance at regular journal club, case rounds and local seminars is anticipated.  The intern will be required to prepare a case report or review article suitable for publication, prepare and present a current veterinary topic at a seminar or conference.

It is the intention of this program to enable the intern to be competitive in application for further postgraduate training programs (internships or residencies) in university teaching hospitals overseas.

To find out more about the internship please visit our careers page:

 or call us on +64 9 320 56 45.

To apply, please send an application letter and curriculum vitae with references and university transcript to Dr Kyle Clark, Intern Director at the below address. 

Dr Kyle Clark
P: (09) 320 5645



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