The Austin Vet Specialists

Internship in Small Animal Surgery

The Austin Vet Specialists is a new veterinary specialist-only centre in Adelaide, South Australia. As an independent centre, we have the freedom and flexibility to do things our way (for example: we named our centre after our cat!).


An exciting opportunity has opened for an Intern in Small Animal Surgery to join our team.



The Internship:

The Internship is intended to provide the first step for a candidate with a strong interest in small animal surgery to start an academic, research and/or clinical career in small animal surgery (e.g. residency).


The Internship is a one-year fulltime (5 days per week) clinical position with a start date as soon as possible (ideally Sept/Oct 2022 onwards). The goal is to give the Intern a deeper knowledge and gain experience within the field of small animal surgery. The Intern will be part of the Surgery team, consisting of two board-certified surgeons (DipECVS and FANZCVS). Additionally, they will be supported by a team of board-certified specialist and nurses.


The daily work will revolve around the participation in the small animal surgery service as well as providing collaborative care of the patients in hospital. This will include supporting the anaesthesia and surgical preparation of surgical patients, the pre- and post-operative in-hospital patient care and assisting with consults and discharges. The Intern will scrub into a wide range of advanced soft tissue, orthopaedic and neurosurgeries, as well as active involvement in the pre-operative and post-operative care.


Needless to say, the Intern can expect full support and instruction, but initiative and desire to pursue further specialisation will be advantageous.



About The Austin:

We are young but ambitious with lofty standards. Our custom-built hospital (900m2) is designed around a synergistic approach to patient care. We work as one team to ensure outstanding patient care and exceptional customer service. We invest heavily in developing skills and knowledge aiming to open residency programmes in the near future.


Our hospital has all the instruments necessary to enable our specialists to relish their chosen careers, and flourish. This includes a specifically designed surgical wing with fully equipped theatres including a wide range of new orthopaedic and soft tissue equipment, minimally invasive equipment for laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and stenting, dedicated neurosurgical instruments, arthroscopy equipment, positive airflow, electrical adjustable operating tables, human-grade anaesthesia machines with ventilators, orthopaedic suite with fluoroscopy, and separate soft tissue suite with all the tools.


Our two specialist surgeons (DipECVS and FANZCVS) and are supported by diagnostic imaging, including a specialist radiologist (DipECVDI) and two imaging interns, and a team of amazing nurses. Our hospital includes a large reception with dedicated client care services, radiology wing (including new 64 slice CT scanner), large central treatment area with intensive care facilities, and much more including access to rehab/physio, 3T MRI scanner and PET-CT scanner.



About YOU – the awesome Intern:

We encourage applications from qualified vets with prior referral/specialist experience (e.g. rotating internship) as well as vets wanting to progress their career by moving into the referral/specialist setting.



The ideal candidate will have the following skills and expertise:

  • Veterinary degree that is recognised in South Australia

  • Minimum of one year working experience in small animal veterinary practice

  • Previous rotating internship is useful but not essential

  • Willingness to participate in rotating roster including Saturday mornings



Our values

  • We will invest in your continuing education but need you to bring the motivation. In return, we will provide you with a challenging and satisfying career.

  • We will provide a happy workplace (including dealing with any negative workplace behaviour) to ensure you enjoy working with us. At The Austin, we take recruitment very seriously because we know it is important to get the right people.

  • Being a specialist centre, expect ambitious standards and awesomeness but also expect a lot of happiness and fulfillment from your job.

  • Oh...and bring your dog to work – we have a dedicated pooch lounge for our team!



If you believe you have the talent to fulfil this role and want to be a part of a friendly, but dynamic environment, please Apply Now.


Please note that applications will close 5th September 2022 unless the position is filled prior to this date so submit your application promptly.



Application process

Please send your CV and cover letter to Fui Yap at Please include a cover letter including your reason for applying for this position and what attracted you to The Austin. Please also include your future career goals and prior experience. All applications will be treated confidentially, but please make sure you include contactable referees.