CAREER OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME!
The Apiam Animal Health Production Animal Internship Program is an initiative targeted towards recently graduated veterinarians with a strong interest in production animal medicine and consultancy. This 24-month structured program offers you the chance to work in Australia’s leading production animal veterinary business in the disciplines of dairy, feedlot, swine, poultry and genetics. Our aim is to provide production animal knowledge, skills and competencies required to be successful in individual and herd-level veterinary medicine. We are looking for driven and motivated veterinarians with a minimum of 12 months experience, who wish to join our extensive team of highly qualified vets and consultants. Exceptional new graduates will also be considered.
At the end of this 24 month program, interns will have:
- Experience via a structured and mentored rotational program in the production animal industries (dairy, feedlot, swine, poultry and genetics) across a variety of Apiam veterinary businesses in Australia.
- Skills in the key areas of production animal medicine and surgery including disease investigation, reproduction, nutrition, data management and product quality.
- Advanced skills in preventative health management allowing the delivery of routine herd health visits to a range of production animal species.
- Undertaken a small research project (over 8 weeks) of sufficient quality and scope to be published in a peer-reviewed journal and /or presented at a conference.
Clinics and locations
|Dairy||10 weeks||Smithton Veterinary Service
Gippsland Veterinary Hospital-Maffra
Southern Riverina Vets-Finley
Scottsdale Veterinary Services
Kyabram Veterinary Clinic
Border Veterinary Clinic- Cohuna
Terang and Mortlake Vet Clinic
|Feedlot||10 weeks||Quirindi Veterinary Clinic
Bell Vet Services
Southern Cross Feedlot Services
|Genetics||6 weeks||Apiam Genetics Services- Dubbo, Echuca|
|Pigs||10 weeks||Portec Veterinary Services- Welshpool
Chris Richards and Associates- Bendigo
|Poultry||6 weeks||Portec Veterinary Services- Welshpool|
|Small Animal||6 weeks||Bendigo|
|Elective 1||13 weeks|
|Elective 2||13 weeks|
|Elective 3||13 weeks|
|Conference leave||1 week|
Along with the production animal rotations, interns will participate in six 1-2 day workshops per year. Speakers will include internal and external experts and include a focus on soft skills, including conflict resolution, communication, emotional intelligence and leadership.
- Develop skills in clinical diagnosis of commonly occurring conditions in adult dairy cattle and young stock.
- A thorough knowledge of the common diseases affecting dairy cattle at both an individual and herd level, demonstrating knowledge of the clinical signs, aetiology, epidemiology, prognosis and available treatments/preventatives on both an individual and herd level.
- Develop skills to evaluate and interpret the reproductive performance of a dairy herd and be able to make appropriate recommendations to clients.
- Develop skills in treatment of lame cattle, including a thorough understanding of lameness and treatment at both an individual and herd level.
- Develop skills in pregnancy testing cattle via manual rectal palpation and ultrasound, with a view to obtaining PregCheck (NCPD) certification during the internship.
- Develop skills in milk quality evaluation and mastitis investigation including both clinical and subclinical milk quality problems.
- Develop skills in calf and heifer disease investigations, including the development and implementation of preventative medicine strategies relating to calf nutrition and environment.
- Develop skills in dairy cattle nutrition in order to evaluate on farm feeding management and make alterations to improve productivity
- Develop skills in routine surgery and obstetrics.
- Develop skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver routine herd health programs to clients.
- Develop skills in use of relevant technology (herd management software, data analysis and reporting) used by veterinarians in dairy herds.
- Knowledge and understanding of dairy cattle pharmacology and vaccines.
- Develop skills in clinical diagnosis of commonly occurring conditions in beef feedlot cattle.
- Develop a thorough knowledge of the common diseases affecting beef cattle at both an individual and herd level, demonstrating knowledge of the clinical signs, aetiology, epidemiology, prognosis and available treatments/preventatives on both an individual and herd level with a specific focus on diseases affecting feedlot cattle throughout the supply chain.
- Knowledge and understanding of pharmacology and vaccines specific to feedlot cattle.
- Develop post-mortem skills, including case selection, post-mortem techniques, recognition and interpretation of gross pathology, sample collection and submission, and interpretation of laboratory findings.
- Obtain skills in conducting routine herd health visits and disease investigations.
- Develop skills in analysis and interpretation of feedlot animal health and performance data.
- Develop skills in the use of relevant technology involved in the pig industry.
- Develop procedural skills including blood sampling, routine surgical procedures, appropriate anaesthetic regimes, euthanasia and pregnancy diagnosis.
- Develop post-mortem skills, including case selection, recognition and interpretation of gross pathology, sample collection and laboratory interpretation.
- Develop skills in abattoir inspection, including lung scoring, recognition of gross pathology, sample collection and report writing.
- Obtain skills in conducting routine herd health visits and disease investigations including.
- Undertake farm biosecurity audits.
- Knowledge and understanding of pig pharmacology and vaccines.
- Develop a good understanding of the ruminant “stud” industry and what services AGS provide to that industry.
- Develop proficiency in small ruminant semen collection, evaluation and processing.
- Attain basic proficiency in small ruminant laparoscopic artificial insemination
- Develop basic proficiency in surgical embryo collection techniques, including appropriate anaesthetic regimes.
- Develop basic proficiency in embryo handling techniques, embryo evaluation and an understanding of embryo chilling and freezing techniques
- Understand the quarantine management and testing of donors in quarantine centres for domestic and export, including testing, health certification and delivery of genetic material ready for export.
- Pregnancy diagnosis using trans-abdominal ultrasound and ultrasound per rectum.
- Develop an understanding of reproductive synchrony programs (AI & ET).
- Develop knowledge of the Australian poultry industry including: broiler breeders, broilers, commercial layers, turkeys, game birds and ducks.
- Develop practical experience including visits to poultry units, feed mills, primary breed stock suppliers and hatcheries.
- Develop knowledge of the key poultry diseases in terms of epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and control, and prevention.
- Develop skills in diagnostic procedures, including clinical inspections, necropsy examination, coccidiosis screening, gait scoring.
- Develop procedural skills including blood sampling, tracheal and cloacal swabbing, organ sampling, water sampling and environmental sampling.
- Develop data management skills such as data input and reporting.
The program will be offered in 2018 and the important dates are:
- Applications close on Friday 1 December 2017
- Interviews will be conducted between 4 – 7 December 2017
- Program start date Monday 5 February 2018
Have any question about working with us? Get in touch and someone from People and Culture Team will respond as soon as possible.