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Equine Surgery Residency

The residency in Equine Surgery at the University of Melbourne’s Equine Centre is designed to provide advanced clinical training in equine surgery and clinical research. Residents will be immersed in equine lameness investigation, surgery and critical care as well as allied disciplines in a 3 year program that is composed of clinical work and completion of two part-time Masters degrees. The Master of Veterinary Science (Clinical) is a thesis degree, and the Master of Veterinary Studies is a clinical and coursework degree. This residency program provides a unique skill set which sets our graduates apart from other solely-clinical residency programs enabling the pursuit of either clinical veterinary- or research-based careers.

The equine surgery residency is supported by 3 Fellows of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons as well as a number of clinical and non-clinical specialists who actively participate in resident training. Advanced clinical training is achieved by means of case rounds, clinical work, morbidity and mortality rounds, advanced level didactic courses, and clinical research. Residents provide clinical coverage during non-business hours on a rotating basis, supported by specialists in surgery, medicine and anaesthesia. A varied caseload provides ample opportunity to receive depth and breadth in training. Residents are integrally involved in teaching and assessing final year veterinary students. In addition to the senior surgeons, we have one ACVIM trained and one ANZCVS trained equine internal medicine clinicians and 2 - 3 qualified nurses (Cert 4) who are highly trained and dedicated and supervise 2 additional nurses in training. 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.

The Equine Centre sees approximately 900 cases per year and has a busy afterhours emergency service. We have access to the following resources:

  • Two surgical suites, one with positive pressure flow through ventilation
  • A standing surgery
  • Arthroscopy and laparoscopy equipment
  • High field MRI; digital radiography
  • Nuclear medicine
  • 16 slice CT
  • High speed treadmill
  • Gait analysis
  • Full in house clinical pathology service
  • Point-of-care blood gas analysis, serum biochemistry and haemotology for after hours use
  • Video endoscopy
  • Ultrasonography
Residents must be qualified to be registered with the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria. While we encourage international applications, residents are Research Higher Degree students; students that are not permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand are subject to full fee-paying status for tuition for the Masters degrees. The current scholarship for Australian and New Zealand students is $40,000 and this is tax-free. Residents are eligible to apply for $2000/year travel stipends and $5000 research startup funds. One week/year is allowed for continuing education and 4 weeks/year vacation. Over the course of the program, residents will spend approximately 90 weeks in equine surgery either at the Equine Centre or on approved externships, 30 weeks in Masters study and 18 weeks in related disciplines.
Organization of the residency program is highly individualized and tailored to meet the needs of individual residents. Continuation in the program is based on satisfactory progress at each of bi-annual assessments.

More information on the program can be found at:
To schedule an interview or to lodge an application, please Submit an enquiry. For more information about the Equine Surgery residency program, contact Chris Whitton at cwhitton@unimelb.edu.au

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