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As an Anaesthesia Intern, you will be based in the anaesthesia team and may rotate through the emergency and critical care, medicine and surgery services within the VTH and the Pet Emergency Centre. The anaesthesia service works out of a dedicated anaesthesia suite and provides anaesthesia services to companion animal, equine, production animal (occasionally) and Wildlife patients. On-call duties will be rostered across night and weekend shifts, so your ability and willingness to work overnight shifts, weekends and public holidays is essential.

You should be excited by veterinary medicine and passionate about veterinary education. You should also be enthusiastic, motivated, organised, service-orientated, have a passion for education and possess excellent communication skills. This position will provide the successful candidate with an introduction to a research/publication career under the guidance of specialist veterinarians.

The Anaesthesia Internship is a full-time one year fixed-term position, with a commencement date of February 5, 2018 (The start date could be negotiable).

For further details on the position, please contact Vicki Walsh, Head of Anaesthesia on

Job description Purpose statement
To provide high-quality anaesthesia services to patients seen at the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH).

To develop veterinary anaesthesia training program (internship and residency) at the VTH.

Responsible to
The VTH Director and Companion Animal Group Leader through the Head of Anaesthesia.

Key accountabilities

  • Case work-up, preparation and oversight/management under the instruction of Anesthesia faculty staff.
  • Carry out all necessary clinical activities related to anaesthesia of each case to which you are assigned (e.g., interpretation of laboratory test results and pre-anaesthesia screening ; administration of premedications and anaesthesia etc).
  • The intern is expected to consistently seek assistance from senior staff members in order to provide optimum care. The intern is required to have the diagnostic and therapeutic plan reviewed by a senior staff member prior to starting a case.
  • Ensure that thorough medical records are completed for all patients to whom you are assigned.
  • Discuss the progress of cases with a senior clinician at the start and finish of every case.
  • Learn the use of diagnostic and anaesthesia related equipment.
  • Attend and contribute on a weekly basis to anaestheisa rounds, CAH presentations, seminars, technical Tutorials and Journal Clubs as appropriate to the service roster.
  • Assist technicians and undergraduate students (BvSc and BVT) with induction/recovery, case preparation, case management and general cleaning and maintenance duties in the anaesthesia areas.
  • Ensure that all teaching, research and other activities that involve the use of animals or their tissues are conducted according to the laws of New Zealand and conform to the requirements of the Massey University Code of Ethical Conduct for the use of Live Animals for Teaching and Research.
  • Provide assistance for undergraduate small animal teaching laboratories, including 4th year live animal non-recovery surgeries, spay classes and dry/wet lab practicals as applicable to service roster.
  • Participate in the afterhours on call anaesthesia roster.
  • Attend the afterhours MRI scans and once fully trained in MRI procedures contribute to the MRI roster in rotation with other anaesthesia staff.
  • Carry out other relevant duties as reasonably specified by the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Director or Institute Head.
  • Person specification Qualifications
    BVSc degree (or equivalent) immediately registrable in New Zealand

    Previous experience of anaesthesia within a companion animal or mixed animal veterinary practice or emergency and critical care practice is essential.

    Personal attributes and behaviours
    Excellent written and oral English language skills.

    Unrestricted driver’s licence

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