Researcher in Veterinary Science

University of Queensland



About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.


As part of our commitment to research excellence, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and post-fellowship contracts via our UQ Amplify initiative.


At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. Not only do we have one of the largest PhD enrolments in Australia, but we have also made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.


About This Opportunity 

The small animal emergency and critical care internship is an opportunity for new and recent graduates to develop their clinical skills and expertise in a supportive learning environment.


The successful candidate will be responsible for providing high quality, relationship-centered care primarily within UQ VETS Small Animal Hospital. This hospital provides veterinary clinical services for external clients and has a strong involvement in clinical teaching. The position is focused primarily on canine and feline patients, however exposure to avian and exotic patients will be included as part of the Primary Care service and successful candidates will have opportunities for further exposure if desired.


The successful candidate will be involved in the management of urgent primary care and emergency cases, with support from our team of collegial specialists and experienced clinicians. The incumbent will also be exposed to cases across our other service areas including primary care, anaesthesia, referral medicine and surgery. The UQ VETS Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care Internship program is an opportunity for motivated and hardworking individuals to increase their knowledge and skills and prepare for future specialist training or expanding their experience for small animal emergency practice.


The successful Interns will participate in regular rounds, journal club meetings and tutorial sessions, and are supported and encouraged to complete publications or present at ANZCVS Science Week during their internship. Interns are also heavily involved in the teaching of undergraduate Veterinary Science students during their clinical rotations.


Key responsibilities will include: 

  • With guidance and supervision by senior staff, provide high quality, relationship-centered care to small animal, avian, exotic and wildlife patients and clients presenting to the veterinary teaching hospital during both regular hours and after- hours, including regular weekends and public holidays.
  • Assist in the management of specialist critical care, medicine and surgical cases.
  • With guidance and supervision by senior staff, assist with anaesthesia of small animal patients.
  • Be familiar with the day-to-day procedures used in the running of the hospital and ensure the up-to-date keeping of clinical records.
  • Assist with training of undergraduate students from both the Veterinary Science and Veterinary Technology cohorts in both the clinical and pre-clinical settings.
  • Participate in regular clinical rounds, journal club, training sessions and clinical investigations carried out in the School.
  • Liaise with outside clientele which includes the veterinary profession and members of the general public.
  • Contribute to the preparation of case reports for publication and presentation to an audience of peers.
  • Actively promote and foster the School’s relations with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.
  • Actively contribute to the daily operations and management and practice good business management, as well as opportunities for improvement within the hospital.


This is a clinical academic position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ’s Criteria for Academic Performance.


This is a full-time (100%%), fixed-term position for up to 1 year. At Clinical Academic level A. The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $74,308.68 - $99,426.59, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $86,941.16 - $116,329.11 annually. 


The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad:  from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.


About You  

  • BVSc, DVM or equivalent registrable in Queensland
  • Current Radiation Use License issued by the Queensland Government
  • Some experience and demonstrated genuine interest in Small Animal emergency practice; or for new graduates, strong small animal clinical skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Flexibility to work afterhours, weekends and public holidays.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to offer high quality relationship centered patient care.
  • Ability to contribute to undergraduate teaching.


In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment. 
  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.



For more information about this opportunity, please contact Dr Donna Parker on 07 5351 5048 or email: For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line. 

Want to Apply? 

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Responses to the ‘About You’ section


Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form.

Other Information 

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to 


If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.


Applications close July 27th at 11.00pm AEST (R-27593).

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