Residency in Large Animal Surgery Equine Focused - DVClinSc


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Agriculture and Environment
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value This is a tax-free scholarship stipend of $45,000 per annum for 3.5 years.
Scholarship duration 3.5 years
Opening date 22 July 2019
Closing date 11 August 2019


The School of Veterinary Science at The University of Queensland is an acknowledged leader in veterinary science in Australia. 

The offered position is a 3.5 year program which includes intensive clinical training in Large Animal Surgery through a formal residency program, and research-by-thesis training leading to the award of a Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science (DVClinSc). The clinical training component of the DVClinSc program involves clinical work and training in the School of Veterinary Science’s Equine Specialist Hospital. The program provides active on-site supervision by registered veterinary specialists and highly qualified clinical researchers. Residents participate fully in the day to day activities of Equine Specialist Hospital, including surgery and management of inpatient and outpatient cases, lameness and advanced diagnostic imaging. Residents participate in the training of veterinary students and the provision of continuing professional development to veterinary practitioners.

The research-by-thesis component of the DVClinSc provides students with an opportunity to develop and enhance analytical and research skills through independent investigation in a specific field related to the residency subject discipline. Candidates will be provided with the equivalent of two semesters of dedicated time free from clinical work to allow completion of research activities during their DVClinSc program. Candidates are expected to participate in research activities on a part-time basis during other periods in the program.

On successful completion of the program candidates will be awarded the Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science (DVClinSc) degree.

Candidates who successfully complete the program will also be expected to be eligible to apply to sit American College of Veterinary Surgeons certifying examinations.  

The program includes additional financial support contributing to research costs and to travel costs for students to attend relevant conferences or training opportunities. Externship costs are not covered by the program.


To be eligible to apply you must meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ, please visit the Graduate School's website.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them.

How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will be given the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Prior to applying prepare your documentation.

Applicants need to upload the following attachments/details with their application:

  •  a letter of motivation
  •  curriculum vitae,
  • complete academic transcripts and evidence of award of degrees (not required for UQ awarded degrees)
  • evidence of eligibility for registration with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland
  • evidence of completion of 2 years of graduate clinical experience (evidence of employment on company letterhead outlining applicant’s employment duties and length of employment
  • full contact details of two referees.

You should also contact Dr Steve Zedler ( to discuss your suitability for this scholarship prior to submitting an application.

When applying please ensure that you

  1. select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'
  2. enter in the free-text field ‘DVClinSc equine residency scholarship’
  3. list the enrolling unit as the School of Veterinary Science
  4. enter Dr Ben Ahern as your supervisor.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Deb McDonald, HDR Liaison Officer, Graduate School on or telephone 07 54 601 415.

Selection criteria

Applicants must be either Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or NZ citizens.

To be admitted as a candidate for the degree of DVClinSc, the applicants must:

  1. hold an approved degree in veterinary science with honours class IIB or equivalent; and
  2. have completed 2 years of graduate clinical experience; and
  3. be eligible for registration as a veterinary surgeon with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland; and
  4. satisfy the Head of School and Dean of the Graduate School that the applicant is qualified for admission.

In addition to the criteria above (taken from the DVClinSc Program Rules), successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate:

  • good written and verbal communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills;
  • clinical experience and research interest in veterinary medicine or surgery and awareness and appreciation of relevant veterinary knowledge about the discipline;
  • understanding, motivation and commitment to the proposed program.

Applicants to the program will be evaluated on the basis of their written application, an interview and referee reports. Applicants will be ranked by a panel of at least 3 members of School on the basis of their application and short-listed candidates will be interviewed either by telephone/skype. The highest ranked qualified candidate will be chosen by consensus.

Applications are closed.


Dr Steve Zedler
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

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Applications are closed.