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Equine Medicine Residency


The Equine Medicine residency at the University of Melbourne’s Equine Centre is designed to provide advanced training in equine internal medicine and clinical research. Organization of the training program is highly individualized and tailored to meet the needs of individual residents. Residents will be immersed within internal medicine service and allied disciplines in a 3 year program that comprises both clinical work and completion of two part-time Masters’ degrees.

Advanced clinical training is achieved by means of clinical work, case rounds, journal clubs, morbidity and mortality rounds, and advanced level didactic courses. At the completion of their training, residents will be eligible to pursue Fellowship certification with the Australia New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) or diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). In addition to their clinical work, residents are enrolled in 2 part time Masters’ degrees concurrently; the Master of Veterinary Science (Clinical) is a research thesis degree and the Master of Veterinary Studies is a clinical and coursework degree. This residency program provides a unique skill set that sets our graduates apart from other solely-clinical programs and allows our graduates to pursue either clinical veterinary- or research-based careers.

The Equine Centre sees approximately 900 cases per year and has a busy after-hours emergency service. A varied caseload provides ample opportunity to receive depth and breadth in training. The Equine Medicine residency is supported by 2 ACVIM Diplomates and 3 equine surgery specialists. A host of specialists from a wide range of disciplines in the adjoining small animal hospital and a number of non-clinical specialists are actively involved in the training of our medicine residents. The equine hospital has 6 highly trained nurses with additional nursing staff added when the caseload increases in the spring and summer. The University of Melbourne’s Equine Centre is well equipped allowing advanced diagnostics and intensive case management.

At the Equine Centre, we have access to the following resources:

  • Ultrasonography and echocardiography
  • Video endoscopy
  • Stall side and telemetric electrocardiography
  • Full in house clinical pathology service
  • Point-of-care blood gas analysis, serum biochemistry and haemotology for afterhours use
  • Digital radiography 
  • 16 slice Computed Tomography (CT)
  • High field MRI 
  • Nuclear medicine (scintigraphy)
  • High speed treadmill with facilities for gait analysis
  • Two surgical suites, one with positive pressure flow through ventilation
  • A standing surgery
  • Arthroscopy and laparoscopy equipment
The team at the Equine Centre is positive, fun and forward-thinking. We are looking for a self-starting team player that demonstrates a vigorous pursuit of knowledge and intellectual curiosity. Residents must have a veterinary degree that is registrable with the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria. While we encourage international applications; students that are not permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand may be subject to full tuition fees for the Masters degrees.

The current scholarship for Australian and New Zealand students is $40,000/annum and this is tax-free. Residents are eligible to apply for $2000/year to assist with travel and approximately $5000 of research start-up funds. One week/year is allowed for continuing education and 4 weeks/year for vacation. Over the course of the 3 year program, residents will spend approximately 90 weeks in equine medicine either at the Equine Centre or on approved externships, 30 weeks in Masters’ study and 18 weeks in related disciplines. Residents provide clinical coverage during non-business hours on a rotating basis, supported by specialists in medicine, surgery and anaesthesia. Residents are integrally involved in teaching and assessing final year veterinary students. Continuation in the program is based on satisfactory progress at each of bi-annual assessments.

More information on the program can be found at:
For more information about the Equine Medicine residency program, contact Brett Tennent-Brown at brett.tennent@unimelb.edu.au



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