Production Animal Internship

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.

 

Program objectives

Dairy
  • 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.
Feedlot
  • 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.
Pigs
  • 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
Poultry
  • 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 2020 intake:

 

APPLICATIONS OPEN: 1 September 2019
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 11 October 2019
FIRST ROUND INTERVIEWS: Commencing 21 October 2019
SECOND ROUND INTERVIEWS: Commencing 4th November 2019
OFFERS: 15 November 2019

 

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 leisa.denaro@apiam.com.au before the closing date.

 

 

Contact us

Have any question about working with us? Get in touch and someone from People and Culture Team will respond as soon as possible.

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FAQs

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How can I join the Apiam team?
You can apply for an advertised position either through the advert on our website, or by emailing your cover letter, resume and location preference to recruitment@apiam.com.au.
What is the standard recruitment process?
Once your application has been submitted, Apiam’s People and Culture team will review your application against the criteria of the role. If you meet these criteria your application will be forwarded to the hiring manager for further shortlisting and for interviews to be conducted. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified in writing.
Should I include a cover letter with my application?
Yes, you can use your cover letter to emphasise what you can bring to the role and how you meet the required criteria
Do you offer sponsorship for overseas candidates?
Apiam may offer sponsorship for overseas candidates depending on the role type and eligibility. Please check the eligible positions here, and then contact the People & Culture team for more information.
How can I do placement at one of the Apiam Clinics?
If you are interested in doing placement in one of our clinics, please contact the clinic you are interested in directly. We have clinics based all over Australia, and details of these can be found here.