Residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine (Equine emphasis) - 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.
Scholarship duration 3.5 years
Opening date 9 August 2019
Closing date 25 August 2019

Scholarship description

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 Internal Medicine (Equine emphasis) through a formal ACVIM-approved 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 contribution to the management of referral internal medicine cases in the Equine Specialist Hospital (ESH) (about 90% of the clinical time) and to the Production Animal Service (PAS) (about 10% of the clinical time) within the School of Veterinary Science. The resident is expected to provide high-quality clinical services both in the ESH and the PAS; ensure hospitalised cases receive excellent care; provide excellent communication to clients and referring veterinarians; contribute to the after-hours service in the equine hospital on a rotating basis and ensure adequate record keeping and billing practices are maintained. In this role, the resident will also be required to be involved in case-based clinical teaching of veterinary science students and interns and will be expected to be involved in some didactic teaching (lectures and practical teaching).

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 within the subject discipline of Equine Internal Medicine. 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 complete their credentials to obtain the status of Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in the Large Animal Internal Medicine specialty. 

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 apply

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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, check your eligibility and prepare your documentation.

You should also contact Dr François-René Bertin via email to discuss your suitability for this scholarship prior to submitting an application.

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’
  3. list the enrolling unit as the School of Veterinary Science
  4. enter Dr Francois-Rene Bertin as your supervisor

Selection criteria

Applicants must be either Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand 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;
  2. have completed 2 years of graduate clinical experience deemed acceptable by the residency program director;
  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 above criteria, successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate:

  • good written and verbal communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills;
  • clinical experience and research interest in equine internal medicine, ideally in one of the research areas of the program supervisors 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 in person, or by telephone/skype. The highest ranked qualified candidate will be chosen by consensus.

Applications are closed.


Dr François-René Bertin
Applications are closed.

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