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Companion Animal Rotating Internship x6 (A306-17CA)

IVABS - Interns, College of Sciences

The Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is looking for enthusiastic new-graduate veterinarians who are motivated by the opportunity to provide high quality diagnostic and treatment skills within a fully equipped specialist hospital environment through a 12 ½ months internship position.

Location:Palmerston North
Term:Fixed Term of 13 Months
Grade:Veterinary Intern
Applications close:10 p.m. on 23 October 2017
Additional Information:Cost of Living_Manawatu.pdf

Position overview

The Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s 12 ½ months internship programme provides you the opportunity to gain experience working within a fully equipped specialist hospital environment.

The interns will rotate on a shift basis through the anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, medicine and surgery services within Massey University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Pet Emergency Centre at Massey University. Interns work as primary and support clinicians, working closely with the residents and faculty clinicians in management of a varied local and referral caseload from across New Zealand. Other components of the program include participation in seminars, case rounds and journal clubs, instruction of final year veterinary students and involvement in a research project along with other special program opportunities.

The Pet Emergency Centre operates on a 24 hour basis. Employment will be on a shift basis with shifts rostered across day, night and weekend shifts so the ability and willingness to work overnight shifts, weekends and public holidays is essential.

You should be enthusiastic, motivated, organised, service-orientated, have a passion for education and possess excellent communication skills. This position will provide the successful candidate with a strong background in companion animal general, emergency and speciality practice and an introduction to a research/publication career under the guidance of specialist veterinarians. We are looking for veterinarians who will enjoy the challenge of providing advanced diagnostic and treatment skills within an exciting, fully equipped specialist hospital environment.

Inclusive dates of the program: start date of May 29, 2018; date of completion of June 10, 2019.

To apply please visit our website at or for further details on the position please contact Valerie Poirier, Intern Coordinator on

Job description

Purpose statement

To provide high-quality veterinary services to companion animal patients seen at the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH).

Responsible to

The VTH Director and CAH Group Leader through the CAH Intern Coordinator

Key accountabilities

  1. Participate in the medical, surgical and emergency and critical care services on a roster basis; this will include working day, evening, night and weekend shifts and working some public holidays.
  2. Learn the use of diagnostic equipment relevant to all areas of service.
  3. Conduct consultations with owners of companion animals with primary case care responsibility for first-opinion and emergency/critical care cases. Conduct consultations with both primary case care and support responsibilities for complex cases with supervision by a boarded specialist or faculty clinician.
  4. Ensure that where possible, veterinary and veterinary technology students accompany you and learn by instruction.
  5. Except in urgent emergencies, provide accurate estimates of costs to VTH clients and obtain written, informed consent for all planned diagnostic and therapeutic work prior to admission to the hospital.
  6. Carry out all necessary clinical activities related to diagnosis and treatment of each case that you admit or to which are assigned (e.g., interpretation of laboratory test results and radiographs; administration of anaesthesia; minor surgeries and other interventions; detailed, effective client communication; etc). The intern is expected to consistently seek assistance from senior staff members in order to provide optimum care. On referred cases, the intern is required to have the diagnostic and therapeutic plan as well as the estimate of fees reviewed by a resident or senior staff member prior to admitting a pet to the hospital.
  7. Ensure that thorough medical records are completed for all patients to whom you are assigned or managing. Write up suitably detailed discharge instructions and referral communication for every hospitalised patient under your care.
  8. Discuss the progress of cases with a senior clinician at the start and finish of every shift.
  9. Involvement and participation in daily cases rounds and weekly to biweekly detailed case round presentations with residents and senior clinicians.
  10. Attend and contribute on a weekly basis to Small Animal Medicine and Surgery rounds, CAH presentations, seminars and Journal Clubs as appropriate to the service roster. Participate in and deliver professional presentation(s) or seminar(s) to senior clinicians and peers.
  11. Provide assistance for undergraduate small animal teaching laboratories as applicable to each service roster along with final year veterinary student clinical education.
  12. Actively contribute to and participate in clinical research under the guidance and leadership of a Massey University Faculty Veterinarian and work towards a minimum of one publication from this research upon completion of the internship.
  13. Ensure that all teaching, research and other activities that involve the use of animals or their tissues are conducted according to the laws of New Zealand and conform to the requirements of the Massey University Code of Ethical Conduct for the use of Live Animals for Teaching and Research.
  14. Carry out other relevant duties as reasonably specified by the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Director or Institute Head.

Facilities and Equipment:
1. The intern has access to current medical textbooks.
2. The intern has access to internet resources including search engines for scientific literature and online journals.
3. The primary hospital has an intensive care unit.
4. Hospital equipment/technology access (on-site or outsourced) includes:
a. Arthroscopy and bone plating equipment
b. Basic clinical laboratory equipment
c. Blood gas analysis
d. Blood pressure monitoring
e. CT Scan
f. Diagnostic laboratory
g. Digital Radiography
h. Electrocardiography and echocardiography
i. Endoscopy
j. Fluid pumps/syringe drivers
k. I131 therapy
l. Laparoscopy/thoracoscopy
m. MRI
n. Multiparameter monitors
o. Nuclear Medicine
p. Physical Therapy Equipment
q. Radiotherapy
r. Ultrasound
s. Ventilator

Approximate scheduling (percentage of time assigned on services; percentages may not be cumulative):
• Day ECC with ECC specialist: 18%
• Weekend ECC Day: 7%
• Night ECC: 26%
• Referral medicine: 18%
• Surgery: 18%
• Anaesthesia: 11%

Clinicians in direct support of Internship:
Surgery specialists: 3
Internal medicine specialists: 3
Nutrition specialists: 1
IM/Oncology: 1
Anaesthesia specialists/memberships: 4
Emergency/CC specialists: 2
Radiology specialists: 2
Dermatology/memberships: 1

Clinicians with consultative support of Internship:

IM/Neurology: 1
Dentistry: 1
IM/Nutrition: 1
Ophthalmology: 1
Clinical pathology: 3
Anatomic pathology: 6

Person specification


Veterinary professional degree, e.g., BVSc, DVM, VMD etc. from an AVMA-accredited school or one recognised by the New Zealand Veterinary Council to enable full registration in New Zealand as a veterinarian. See the NZVC website for clarification.
Ability to obtain a work visa to work in New Zealand if not a New Zealand/Australian citizen or resident
Unrestricted driver’s licence


Previous work-experience in companion animal general and/or referral practice

Personal attributes and behaviours



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