Surgical internship

27 July 2021



About us
Animal Referral Centre (ARC) is a busy independent small animal specialist & emergency practice established in 2016. It is locally owned and operated and has specialists in a wide range of disciplines including small animal internal medicine, surgery, emergency & critical care, diagnostic imaging, oncology, cardiology and neurology (from late 2021). The internship will be supported by a total of 4 specialist surgeons.

The caseload is varied and interesting, consisting of a mixture of referral cases from practices in Auckland and beyond, as well as primary (emergency) cases.

The clinic has a full in-house Idexx laboratory, Radiometer blood gas and electrolyte machine, multiparameter patient monitors, digital radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy, fluoroscopy, CT and a hydrotherapy suite. There are dedicated cat and dog reception areas, consulting rooms and wards. MRI and radiation therapy are available offsite. 

The internships provide numerous opportunities for learning through daily hospital rounds, interaction with our specialist team, regular journal club and internal training sessions. A mentor for the duration of the programme will be assigned, depending on the intern’s area of interest. This mentorship will help the intern in their professional development and career progression as a veterinarian. The preparation of a case report or other manuscript suitable for peer-reviewed publication will be strongly encouraged and supported.

Surgery-focused internship:

A 12-month fixed term internship starting in December 2021. The majority of the internship will be spent working with ARC’s specialist surgeons and other specialists that perform surgery within our multidisciplinary hospital (neurosurgeon, cardiologist). The remainder of the internship programme will be spent on emergency & critical care and elective rotations depending on the intern’s area of interest. 

Procedures commonly performed at ARC, that the intern will gain exposure to include:

  • Orthopaedic surgery - TPLO, TTO, fracture repair, hip replacement
  • Soft tissue surgery - including laparoscopy (from early 2022)
  • Interventional cardiology procedures (minimally invasive PDA, pacemaker placement, balloon valvuloplasty)
  • Neurosurgery - IVDD, brain surgery
  • Advanced imaging - CT, MRI, fluoroscopy, ultrasoiund

This programme is designed to develop the knowledge and experience of a new or recent graduate who has a strong interest in small animal surgery and provide preparation for further training/specialisation in surgery.

To succeed in these roles, you will possess the following:

  • A desire to provide the highest standard of veterinary care
  • A passion for continuing education
  • Exceptional organisation and communication skills
  • Flexible, adaptable, positive attitude with a focus on teamwork

Our successful candidate will have access to:

  • VIN and Veterinary Journals
  • Publication allowance
  • Continuing education allowance
  • Mentorship from a team of experienced specialists 
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to

Due to current border restrictions, only NZ-based applicants can be considered.

Closing date: 7 Sep 2021




  • ARC is OPEN during Alert Level 4, providing services in a contactless manner
  • Emergency clients must phone us for an appointment, we have a limited capacity to take walk-ins
  • Our call volumes are currently very high so please use email for non-urgent enquiries: