Southpaws is one of Australia’s best-known Veterinary Specialist and Emergency hospital groups, with an aim to be the first choice for expert veterinary care, why? Because our pets are our family. Our internships have been the launchpad for numerous residency and specialist pathways.The Rotating Internship is not only the opportunity to gain valuable insight, experience, knowledge and new skills as a clinician, but it can also be an essential first step on a journey to specialisation. The Role Whether you have experience in general practice or not, rotating internships are designed to give you exposure to a specialist veterinary environment as well as the hustle of 24 hour emergency, develop your skills and knowledge, and gain exposure to the different specialisations that you may want to pursue at the end of the program. Southpaws see the internship program as a mutual responsibility and are committed to providing all the support and training that you need to progress in your career. The Detail Southpaws is home to an esteemed Surgical Department recognised globally for its expertise and comprehensive caseload in Melbourne. Our surgical team is distinguished not only for its excellence in theatres but also for its significant contributions to medical education and training, both domestically and internationally. We specialise in a range of complex procedures including advanced soft tissue, neurologic, oncologic, and orthopaedic surgeries. Our capabilities encompass Total Hip Replacement and joint resurfacing, laparoscopic interventions, fluoroscopy-guided fracture repair, and transvenous coil embolisation for Porto-systemic shunts. Supporting our Surgical and Emergency Departments are board certified anaesthetists providing continuous coverage throughout the week across our various locations. Their expertise ensures optimal care for our patients through individualised anaesthetic protocols and ultrasound guided loco-regional anaesthesia for most surgeries. As a rotating intern you will have the opportunity to work in our busy 24/7 emergency department allowing you hands-on experience in triage, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of emergencies in small animals. You will work alongside an experienced and supportive team of vets and nurses who will help you develop your technical skills and foster your growth as a veterinary professional in a fast-paced environment. You will have exposure to point of care testing that facilitates rapid diagnosis in emergency situations. Alongside technical skills emergency medicine teaches adaptability, flexibility and allows you to make meaningful impacts in the lives of animals and their families in times of crisis. Rotations in 2024 were 2 week blocks that repeated 3 times. The departments were:

  • Surgery Moorabbin
  • Surgery Malvern
  • Surgery Mornington
  • ECC Nights
  • ICU
  • Anaesthesia
  • Mornington Overnights
  • Off clinics

What We’re Offering

  • Opportunity to join the Southpaws internship for 12 months from mid-January 2025
  • Didactic clinical development schedule opportunities including but not limited to: Journal Club, Paper Reviews and Presentations
  • People-centric working conditions, rostering, and work-life balance
  • Industry-leading employee discount scheme for family pets
  • Dedicated HR and Training functions to help you fulfil your career goals and achieve your potential
  • Monthly check-ins and a dedicated platform for feedback and accountability at all levels in the hospital
  • Monthly company-wide social initiatives to support deep, genuine relationships with colleagues
  • The leading environment for veterinary professionals who wish to challenge the status quo and set new benchmarks for performance and capability

We have a hugely successful internship program that consistently places interns into residency programs locally and internationally. If you want to learn and develop a skill set that will set you up for the rest of your career in an environment that is friendly, fun, and supportive then this internship is for you! What We’re Looking For Southpaws are proud of our values and look for these positive characteristics in all applicants:

  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Compassion
  • Humour
  • Innovation
  • Teamwork

Apply Now If you would like to have a confidential discussion about joining Southpaws for our 2025 program, please send an email to

Ref: RR-6416