Production Animal Internship

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 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 who wish to join our extensive team of highly qualified vets and consultants. Exceptional new graduates are welcome to apply.

At the end of this 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.

Salary

A generous salary package is offered for this internship.  It is above the Award rate and is commensurate with experience.

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.

Program objectives

Dairy
  • 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.
Feedlot
  • 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.
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.
Genetics
  • 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).
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 2019 intake:

  • Applications open on Friday 1 July 2018
  • Applications close on 15 October 2018 (for the February 2019 intake)
  • Interviews will be conducted November 2018
  • Offers made to successful applicants: 15 December 2018
  • Program commences February 2019

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.