Hunter Equine Centre – Intern Veterinarian

Seeking two Intern Veterinarians to join our team; one in January and one in July 2024

Hunter Equine Centre strive to provide a comprehensive, dedicated, personal and good-value service of the highest level, with utmost integrity, to discerning equine clients in the Hunter Valley. This is achieved by continued growth and development; dedication to constant improvement in knowledge and care; with ongoing commitment to excellence. Employees join a rewarding and challenging working environment and an excellent team dynamic; constantly responding and contributing to the equine industry at the highest level.

Hunter Equine Centre are seeking people equally committed to providing the highest standard of care to our cliental. We have an excellent, new facility at Scone racetrack. The clinic is well equipped with multiple ultrasound, digital radiography, videoendoscopy and gastroendoscopy units, new arthroscopy equipment and a comprehensive in-house laboratory. We currently have specialists in internal medicine and surgery based in the hospital, as well as a second seasonal surgeon and surgeons from Randwick Equine Centre intermittently operating from our facility.

Our clients include some excellent and well managed stud farms in the Hunter Valley, with over 1000 mares under our care, and an important yearling sale component. We also service many of the local trainers and pre-trainers in the area and consider ourselves very fortunate to have such friendly and successful clients.

Applicants should be enthusiastic, ambitious and motivated to join and contribute to our friendly, experienced and progressive team, dedicated to providing an excellent service with a strong continuing education, and fun-loving, culture. We also ensure that there is excellent work-life balance and opportunity to travel with a minimum of 4-weeks annual leave, additional study leave and flexibility surrounding additional travel and time off. We fully acknowledge the investments made to acquire the required skills and we offer generous packages, according to experience and qualifications and additional after-hours pay or over-time.

The Hunter Valley boasts the second largest population of breeding horses, with a large performance horse population also. The Hunter Valley is in close proximity to large regional towns Tamworth and Newcastle; the vineyard region of Pokolbin and some of Australia’s best beaches are within two hour’s drive.

Hunter Equine Centre is seeking two Intern Veterinarians to join our team; one in January and one in July 2024. We are a progressive team, providing specialist medical, surgical, intensive care, laboratory and stud services both within the hospital and on the road. The practice is an excellent, new facility at Scone racetrack with plans underway to expand the facility with a new operating room and standing surgery facility to replace the current surgery facilities and in addition to the intensive care and isolation units that are less than 3 years old.

The successful applicants will have responsibility for supervised veterinary care in the hospital during the 6-month period over the busy season (August-January), developing skills in neonatal medicine, imaging, general anaesthesia, surgery and lameness evaluation; with specialist mentorship during this time. The off-season 6-month period (January-July) would entail a mixture of broader ambulatory work, with more time spent with the ambulatory team, assisting with the yearling work and routine racetrack and stud work, under the guidance and supervision of senior ambulatory and stud veterinarians, in addition to the above medicine, surgery and intensive care unit hospital responsibilities, albeit with a reduced hospital caseload.

Opportunities to extend the internship from 12 to 18 months into a second “busy season” could be discussed and tailored to the individual. This second season at the practice would start the transition to ambulatory stud and racetrack work with mentored supervision and increased case responsibility in the hospital.

Our clients include some excellent and well managed stud farms in the Hunter Valley, with over 1000 mares under our care, and an important yearling sale component. We also service many of the local trainers and pre-trainers in the area and consider ourselves very fortunate to have such friendly and successful clients. We pride ourselves on having a friendly, helpful and co-operative team in the hospital that work together, striving to maintain excellent standards, a good learning environment and a happy workplace.

Selection criteria would necessitate a Bachelor of Veterinary Science or equivalent that can be fully registered in New South Wales(www.vpb.gov.au). Hunter Equine Centre will assist with visa requirements to work in Australia.

  • Remuneration would reflect experience and qualifications and would be starting from $60,000 PA.
  • On-site accommodation is provided in a pleasant, new apartment.
  • The contract would also cover phone expenses, a generous CDP package, membership fees and uniforms.
  • Four-weeks annual paid with flexible options for additional unpaid leave and travel.