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Equine Ambulatory and Racetrack Veterinarian

Ballarat Veterinary Practice - Equine Clinic

• Compassion • Respect • Professionalism • Teamwork


The Ballarat Veterinary Practice Equine clinic is a 12-vet practice based on the edge of the Ballarat Turf Club Racing and Training Centre, where 550 horses are trained and 25 race meetings are held each year. There is also a large standardbred population and 40 meetings per year are held at the local harness track. The clinic provides a hospital based surgical and imaging referral service and is the base for the ambulatory services provided to the racetrack and general equine clients in the surrounding district. The hospital also has an internship program with four interns currently employed. The practice conducts regular visits to neighbouring racing regions including Ararat, Stawell and Horsham and in addition has a satellite five-vet equine clinic based in Warrnambool. 

The position available is for a member of the racetrack and ambulatory team which provides service to all breeds of horses from thoroughbreds, standardbreds and sport horses through to all types of pleasure horses and ponies in the district. As well as racing stable work, typical general practice equine work is also undertaken including lameness assessment, dentistry, lacerations, reproductive work including ultrasound scanning, field colic assessment and all general veterinary equine work. Due to the size of the practice and level of experience there is strong support for our ambulatory veterinarians at all times. 

The practice has three surgeons (two specialist and one ACVS residency trained) available for consultation and assistance with referral of cases. The clinic has full surgical facilities, ultrasound, digital radiography, endoscopy, scintigraphy and standing MRI facilities and the ability to house up to 28 horses. 

Successful applicants should be graduates with at least two years' experience, preferably in a similar role.

Weekend after hours responsibility is shared equally between members of the ambulatory team with the normal rotation being one weekend every four weeks. Duties will involve all ambulatory services as outlined above and also attending both thoroughbred and harness race meetings as the official veterinarian. 

Remuneration is dependent on experience, however the package starts at $120,000. This includes the base salary, superannuation, and an estimate of extra after hours commissions, as well as a car and phone for business and reasonable personal use. Also included in the remuneration package is Australian Veterinary Association membership and an annual Continuing Education stipend of $2,000 per annum. We support and encourage applicants to pursue certificate and membership qualifications. We also assist with visa applications and relocation logistics. 

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Interested applicants should forward a resume and covering letter which includes the names of three referees to the attention of Dr. Andrew Cust at

Equine Surgeon

Ballarat Veterinary Practice - Equine Clinic

• Compassion • Respect • Professionalism • Teamwork

The Ballarat Veterinary Practice Equine Clinic was established in 1945 and is one of the largest and most experienced equine hospitals in the Southern Hemisphere.

We are renowned for our expertise in equine surgery and sports medicine, and offer both primary and referral consultations, as well as a full range of racetrack and on-farm services.

We are looking for a committed surgeon to join our team surgical team consisting of one boarded ACVS specialist, one ACVS residency trained associate surgeon, and a further specialist surgeon who consults on a part-time basis. Board/specialist certification is desired, but not mandatory to join our team, however applicants must be residency trained and eligible to sit for surgical board exams.

The clinic is adjacent to the Ballarat Turf Club Racing and Training Centre where 600 thoroughbred racehorses are trained and 36 race meetings are held each year. There is also a large local standardbred population, and 40 meetings per year are held at the local harness racing track. Our sport horse population is growing and we service some of the leading dressage, jumping and eventing horses in Victoria.

The clinic provides a hospital based surgical, medical and imaging referral service, and is the base for a five-vet mobile ambulatory service provided to the racetrack and general equine clients in the surrounding district.

The practice runs an internship program with three interns currently employed, and we also have a satellite four-vet equine clinic based in Warrnambool, Victoria. A dedicated team of ten equine veterinary nurses and an experienced stable team assist with the hospital and ambulatory services.

The hospital is extremely well-equipped with the resources to excel in case work-up and diagnosis, including:

    • Standing MRI
    • Scintigraphy
    • Stalls and yards to accommodate up to 28 horses
    • Surgical suite with two padded recovery boxes, video surveillance and a sling recovery system where necessary
    • Customised surgery crush for standing procedures including upper respiratory tract and back surgery
    • Soft lunge and hard trot up areas
    • Full in-house laboratory with IRAP and PRP
    • Digital radiography and ultrasound
    • Video endoscopy/gastroscopy

 Preferred candidates will have a BVSc/DVM or equivalent degree and be board certified by the Australian Veterinary Boards Council Inc. (AVBC) or equivalent. Candidates who have completed an equine surgery residency training program are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants will possess outstanding clinical skills, high-quality communication skills, and will have previous experience in a busy referral practice. Some prior leadership responsibilities would be an asset. Clinical duties will involve extended working hours including evening and weekend responsibilities on rotation, so flexibility in this area is required. The successful candidate will:

    • Provide outstanding care for all patients and will be required to carry out both simple and advanced surgical procedures from  castrations and laceration repair, thorough to complex colic, respiratory, and orthopaedic procedures. Primary responsibility is surgical care, lameness diagnosis and treatment for in house and external referrals.
    • Have proven interpersonal skills and the ability to work in collaboration with the entire team.
    • The ability to establish a good rapport with clients and referring veterinarians, including timely, professional communication
    • A dedication to professional growth through continued learning, and ongoing development of a positive and professional working relationship through upholding BVP's core values are essential.

Overseas applicants who are eligible for registration with the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria are welcome to apply, and we will assist with visa applications and relocation logistics, including the provision of financial relocation assistance, for the successful applicant.

The remuneration package is negotiable dependent on experience. This includes base salary, superannuation, an estimate of extra after-hours commissions, a car and phone for business and reasonable personal use, and membership with the Australian Veterinary Association, Equine Veterinarians Australia and your specialist association. An annual continuing education stipend is available for national or international conferences.

Ballarat is a beautiful, thriving city of more than 100,000 people, making it the third largest inland city in Australia. It has a vibrant sporting, arts and cultural community. Ballarat boasts affordable living, top class schools, hospitals, sporting and entertainment venues of its own, whilst Melbourne is little more than an hour away via train or on the freeway. 

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To apply, please forward a copy of your curriculum vitae with accompanying cover letter to the attention of Dr Brian Anderson at 

Please ensure that you include the name, phone number and email address of at least three professional referees with your application.

Applications close on 31st January 2021

Equine Internship - 2022 Position Available
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We currently have a vacancy for a qualified Veterinarian as an Equine Intern commencing in June 2022
Full details of the internship program are available here

Associate Veterinarian - Companion Animals

Ballarat Veterinary Practice - Companion animal clinics

• Compassion • Respect • Professionalism • Teamwork

The Ballarat Veterinary Practice (BVP) has been providing high quality and personalised veterinary care to the Ballarat and surrounding community for over 75 years. Due to business growth, we are seeking several mature and experienced veterinarians to join our team.

Our business is centred on four core values: Compassion, Respect, Professionalism and Teamwork. Your ability to embody these values is of great importance to us, and as such will be a priority in the selection process.The staff at BVP pride themselves on providing an environment that encourages quality and excellence in all we do, therefore your personality, and fit within our team's culture is paramount.

About the role
The role will extend well past routine consultations, vaccinations and de-sexings, and willprovide the right applicant with access to interesting and challenging cases with manageable caseloads and a fair work-life balance. The key elements of the role are:
  • A high proficiency for companion animal preventative care
  • Continuing our work in building client relationships through improving the companion animal bond
  • Understanding the role of a team in getting results

What you'll need to succeed
To be successful in this role, you will be a self-starter who shows strong initiative and is able to demonstrate:
  • A strong alignment with our company values: Compassion, Respect, Teamwork and Professionalism
  • Three to five years' of proven experience in a clinic environment is preferable, but newly graduated veterinarians are welcome to apply
  • Dedication to delivering excellent client service and communication
  • Genuine compassion for pets, fellow team members and our customers
  • An enquiring and inquisitive mind with a dedication to continuing education and sharing knowledge
  • Flexibility and adaptability to the approach to the working day and receptiveness to change
  • An understanding that attention to detail and documentation is as essential as great diagnostic expertise

What you'll get in return
This role offers you the opportunity to work within one of Ballarat's most long-standing and celebrated organisations, among a team of dedicated and committed professionals.

You'll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:
  • Generous base salary dependent on experience
  • No requirement for on-call!
  • Four day week
  • Paid AVA membership
  • Highly collaborative approach including access to a mentoring program
  • Highly supportive environment, in a dynamic group comprised of six clinics
  • An encouraging learning environment with an annual CPD allowance of $2,000
  • Regular in-house journal club
  • One week additional paid leave per annum for study/conferences
  • Modern equipment and facilities
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program
  • Health and wellness initiatives
  • A relaxed regional lifestyle with all the amenities of a big city
  • And... free parking, uniform allowance, staff discounts, opportunities to beinvolved in charitable/community-based initiatives, and a fun and sociable team of workmates!

For a video depicting what it's like to work in our companion animal clinics - please click here:

If you wish to apply for this position, please forward your resume and cover letter specifically highlighting why you believe this is an ideal role for you, to, marked to the attention of Claire McAteer.


Stables Attendants (casual)
Ballarat Veterinary Practice - Equine Clinic

• Compassion • Respect • Professionalism • Teamwork

Our equine facility in Miners Rest is always keen to hear from skilled and experienced, local horse handlers to add to our team of dedicated full-time and casual Stables Attendants.  

Leading into our busy season, we are currently seeking several casual Stables Attendants, and would welcome applications from experienced horse handlers who:

    • have a proven record of horse handling and experience in equine care
    • are highly trained in horse behaviour and confidently able to identify signs of a stressed or irritated horse
    • are able to work as part of a team
    • are reliable, hard-working and diligent
    • are calm, patient and steady in nature
    • are able to follow instructions as well as work independently, and
    • are available for weekend work, as well as sometimes at short notice.

Previous experience working in a racing stable would be a distinct advantage, but is not essential.  Certificates in Equine Care and/or in Racing would be favourable.

Key responsibilities may include (but are not limited to):

    • Feeding & watering
    • Grooming 
    • Routine daily checks
    • Assisting veterinarians, nurses and farriers
    • Cleaning out stables
    • General yard duties
    • Observation of, and adherence to, all safety protocol

If this interests you, please email your CV and a brief cover letter to the attention of Equine Head Nurse, Jessie Koene at 


Veterinary Nurses (casual)

Ballarat Veterinary Practice - Companion animal clinics

• Compassion • Respect • Professionalism • Teamwork

Due to expanding business needs, The Ballarat Veterinary Practice is seeking to employ several dedicated, enthusiastic and committed professionals to build on its pool of casual Veterinary Nurses.

Ideally, those with nursing qualifications would be preferred, however we are ultimately looking for the right attitude and personality to fit within our team and culture. With this in mind, these roles would suit applicants who are currently undertaking Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing studies, and who are passionate about providing exceptional animal care, and who are dedicated to animal health and wellbeing.

The role will consist of duties such as:

·Animal handling

·Cleaning and sterilising equipment

·Assisting vets in consultations

·Basic medical procedures such as taking blood, placing catheters and monitoring anaesthetics

·General patient care

To be successful in this role, you will be a self-starter who shows strong initiative and is able to demonstrate:

·A strong alignment with our company values: Compassion, Respect, Teamwork and Professionalism

·Extensive and proven experience in animal handling

·A commitment to continuing education

·Calmness under pressure, but with a keen sense of urgency and an ability to be proactive

·High levels of motivation and an energetic outlook on your work, and in life in general

·The ability to multi-task, prioritise and adapt quickly to change

·Professionalism and a strong work ethic

·Exceptional customer service skills

·Genuine compassion for people and animals

If you wish to apply for one of these positions, please forward your resume and cover letter to, marked to the attention of Claire McAteer. Your cover letter must include a thorough summary of how and why you feel you can represent BVP's four key values of Compassion, Respect, Teamwork and Professionalism. Applications that fail to provide this summary will not be considered.


Placement for Veterinary Nurse Students - Companion Animals

The Ballarat Veterinary Practice is committed to providing quality educational placement opportunities to students studying Veterinary Nursing.

Our clinic runs multiple student intake periods per year, with work placement positions available for 1 student per day of the week. These positions are available through until the completion of the placement component of the course but must be completed within 12 months of commencement.

Students may complete their placement between the hours of 8am - 6pm, one day per week.
Students will be rotated through the various areas of the hospital to enable a broad practical placement experience.
All students will be teamed up with an experienced nurse who is allocated to the relevant shift rotation.

Positions are only available to students currently enrolled in Certificate IV of Veterinary Nursing, and are on a voluntary basis. Students will be required to provide evidence of workplace insurance cover, which is usually available through course providers.

We have high standards of animal care and staff safety. Students will therefore be required to complete a workplace and safety induction and must be willing to follow all policies and procedures of the clinic.

Interested students should email Sue Phillips at with a resume and cover letter outlining which intake period you are applying for and preferred placement day, if any. 

Due to the quantity of requests, verbal applications will not be accepted at the clinic.