Small Animal Internship

University of Queensland
February 22, 2023
Offerd Salary:$74,308
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Contract Type:fixed-term positions
Working Time:Full time
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  • School of Veterinary Science

  • Full-Time, Fixed-Term Internship Position Available

  • Academic Level A

  • Closing Date: 22 February 2023 (R-22152)

  • 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.

    The position is located at The University of Queensland's Gatton Campus, a combination of the rural traditions of its agricultural college heritage with innovation and a collaborative outlook to deliver excellence in research and teaching in agricultural, animal, veterinary and environmental sciences.

    Just over 30 minutes' drive east of Toowoomba, and an hour's drive west of Brisbane, the 1068-hectare Gatton campus offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and world-class facilities including; specialist animal and agriculture units including a dairy, poultry unit, sheep and goat herd, horticultural fields, plant nursery, post-harvest facilities, research laboratories and greenhouses, an extensive range of plant and farm infrastructure, and UQs Veterinary Medical Centre. The campus also operates several crop and animal production units which are used extensively to support teaching, research and hands-on training.

    View a video of our beautiful Gatton campus here.

    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.

  • Scholarship

  • 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 role is subject to The University's Code of Conduct.

    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.

  • What We Can Offer

    This is a full-time, fixed-term positions for 12 months at Academic Level A.

    The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $74,308.68 to $99,426.59 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $86,941.16 to $116,329.11 per annum.

    For further information about UQ's benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.


    To discuss this role please contact Dr Donna Parker at [email protected]

    For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing the 'About You' section

  • Resume

  • To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels, including direct email, will not be accepted.

    Vaccinations and Immunisation

    It is a condition of employment for this role that if you are required now or in the future, to work or interact in Queensland Health clinical facility; or in an equivalent clinical health facility; or health care role; or will be required to perform work tasks that put you at risk of exposure to vaccine- preventable disease you are required to be immunised against, and remain immunised against, certain vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) in accordance with the University's Vaccinations and Immunisation Guidelines. The employee is required to provide evidence of immunisation against VPDs.

    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.

    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 [email protected]

    If you are a current employee of the University, or hold an unpaid or affiliate appointment with the University, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

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