Postgraduate Internships (6 months)


VEH offers one to two rotating internships of 6-months duration. These shorter duration internships are open to recently graduated veterinarians and those with post graduate experience, who are seeking to improve their skills and confidence in equine practice.

Interns undertaking the 6-month programme gain experience in equine medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, anaesthesia and reproduction during the busy season of August through to February each year.

The hospital is dynamic and busy, with the caseload split equally between first opinion and referral cases. During the season, the clinic admits 75-100 foals for intensive care. The reproduction centre performs assisted breeding (embryo transfer, fresh and frozen artificial insemination), stallion breeding management and undertakes routine stud work. GVEH is a University of Melbourne training centre, with all final year veterinary students rotating through the hospital from January to October each year.

Overall, the rotating internship provides the recent graduate with detailed post graduate training in most aspects of modern equine practice. We aim to produce veterinarians with the skill and competency to be immediately useful to first opinion equine ambulatory practices. Many interns have gone onto successfully complete specialist residency training in Australia and overseas, in both private and academic institutions in the fields of medicine, emergency and critical care, surgery and reproduction.

6-month interns participate in the after-hours roster with yearlong interns, with a 1 in 2 nights and 1 in 2 weekend rota. Typically, during the season 3 interns are ‘on call’ each night or weekend to help distribute the workload.


Eligibility to work in Australia

Interns must possess a veterinary degree registrable with the Veterinary Practitioners Board of Victoria, Australia. International interns accepting a 6-month position will need to obtain a working holiday visa prior to starting at GVEH. Yearlong interns will receive assistance from the hospital for their visa application.


Closing dates for internship applications Six-month internships commence in July/August annually.

Applications are accepted up to 6months prior to desired start time of the internship. Interviews are conducted as applications are received. We welcome potential applicants to get in touch well before the application time to ensure you are considered for the above positions. Visits, where able, are also very welcome.

For more information or to forward an application please email the practice manager, Robert Ralston on