DVClinSc scholarship: Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Agriculture and Environment, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $45,000 per annum
Scholarship duration Three and a half years
Opening date 22 October 2020
Closing date 28 February 2021


Supervisor – Associate Professor Ben Ahern

The offered position is a 3.5 year program which includes intensive clinical training in Large Animal Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation 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. A large component of this component will be via industry placement at the largest performance horse veterinary practice in Australia - Randwick Equine Centre. Approximately 2/3rds of the clinical components of this program will be undertaken at REC and 1/3rd at UQ. The program will be supported by ACVSMR diplomates at both locations and regular collaborated zoom rounds / journal clubs etc.

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 and REC, including all facets if Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation management of inpatient and outpatient cases. Residents participate in the training of veterinary students and the provision of continuing professional development to veterinary practitioners. Residents will undertake 3 mth long rotations at either UQ (clinical), UQ (research) or REC (clinical) with an effort to minimize travel requirements between the 2 sites.

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 Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation 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.

Facilitated accommodation will be available at both locations to enable easy of housing.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘EQUINE SPORTS’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

See an example of what you have to do

Learn more about applying for a higher degree by research at UQ

Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of veterinary science  and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of sports medicine and rehabilitation is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Associate Professor Ben Ahern
+61 7 5460 1799
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.