CAREER OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME!
The Apiam Animal Health Production Animal Internship Program is an initiative targeted towards veterinarians with a strong interest in production animal medicine and consultancy. The program is flexible with a Core Program of 12 months duration, which can be extended to 24 months. This structured program offers you the chance to work in Australia’s leading production animal veterinary business in the disciplines of dairy, feedlot, swine and poultry. Our aim is to introduce veterinarians to production animal consultancy, with knowledge and competency in individual and herd-level veterinary medicine. This unique opportunity allows interns to ‘trial’ the different production animal species at a consultancy level, with the aim of choosing a defined career path at the end of the 12 month period. We are looking for driven and motivated veterinarians who wish to join our extensive team of highly qualified vets and consultants. Exceptional recent graduates and veterinarians with 2+ years experience are welcome to apply.
At the end of this program, interns will have:
- Experience in the production animal industries (dairy, feedlot, swine and poultry) 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.
- Skills in preventative health management allowing the delivery of routine herd health visits to a range of production animal species.
Salary and Benefits
A generous salary package is offered for this internship. It is above the Award rate and is commensurate with experience. Work vehicle and travel expenses are covered by the program. In addition, interns receive all of the benefits of being a part of the Apiam family.
Along with the production animal rotations, interns will participate in an on-line soft skills program provided by Make Headway. These monthly webinars include topics such as conflict resolution, communication, emotional intelligence and leadership.
Internal and external continuing education opportunities are also available and encouraged.
- Develop skills in clinical diagnosis of 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 milk quality evaluation and mastitis investigation including both clinical and sub-clinical milk quality problems.
- Develop skills in dairy cattle nutrition in order to evaluate on farm feeding management and make alterations to improve productivity
- Develop skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver our animal health service, ProDairy, to clients.
- Develop skills in clinical diagnosis 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 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
Important dates for the 2021 intake:
Apiam Animal Health places high priority on the health and well-being of our people. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the current COVID-19 environment, we will not be offering the Production Animal Internship program in 2021.
The program is planned to recommence in 2022. Important dates will be released closer to this time.
How to apply:
Your application should include a cover letter stating your goals and how this internship will help you accomplish them, your CV and contact details for at least two referees.
Applications should be addressed to Dr Leisa Denaro and emailed to email@example.com before the closing date.
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