Veterinary Graduate Development Program

2023 Vet Internship

Applications are now open for the Animal Referral and Emergency Centre’s Graduate Development Program.

This is a 12-month, full-time position, tailored for recent or new graduates. This is a 100% supported role providing you with the environment to thrive, while learning and developing your skills to become an ECC Veterinarian.   


About us:  

AREC (Animal Referral and Emergency Centre) was established in 2004 and is a privately owned and operated emergency veterinary hospital led by a singular, highly regarded emergency Veterinarian, Dr. David Tabrett, who continues to work within the business. We are a family-oriented, non-corporate, ASAV accredited “Hospital of Excellence” practice with a collaborative team of more than 110 employees.  

Our team come from a diverse range of backgrounds and our decisions and behaviour are underpinned by our core values of Respect, Diligence, Professionalism, Excellence, Empathy, and Integrity. With a strong focus on professional development, mental health and work-life balance, our compassionate team and leadership are just a small part of what makes AREC special. 

Our mission is to provide peace of mind for our clients – that is, both pet owners of the Hunter and the local vet clinics to offer relief for after-hours, emergencies, and referral services. 


The Role:

As a valued member of our team, we understand the importance of work-life balance to ensure that both your career and personal development are supported.  You will work with our team of senior ECC Veterinarians in the hospital seeing a combination of primary consults, hospital cases, procedures and surgeries.  In the Hunter region we see a wide variety of emergency presentations and have a high caseload – giving you excellent case exposure.  

You will be supported by a dedicated team leader who ensures targeted growth throughout the graduate program. Our team leader support model allows us to provide one-on-one clinical and personal support.   


At AREC we have a growth mindset, and this is reflected in our structured graduate development program including:  

  • Improve International ECC Course Registration (cost of $4,650 covered by us)  
  • Rounds and tutorials  
  • Wet labs: hands-on practice in procedures and surgeries such as chest tube and feeding tube placement, tracheostomy, splenectomy, enterotomy, gastropexy.  
  • RECOVER certified CPR training  
  • Ultrasound training  
  • Ventilator training  
  • Endoscopy training  
  • Mental Health First Aid training  
  • Communication skills training  
  • Fear Free Training  

To promote both your clinical development and work-life balance, we incorporate study/learning days into your schedule.  

In addition to our structured graduate program, we make individual learning and development plans for each graduate based on their personal learning goals. 


Your Skills & Experience: 

  • Recent or new graduate Veterinarian  
  • Eligible for Veterinary registration in NSW.  
  • Keen interest in Emergency and Critical Care   


AREC can offer:  

  • Continuing Education Allowance and access to employer-funded benefits including memberships and registrations to professional organisations for eligible employees.  
  • On top of our competitive hourly rates you get paid overtime plus weekend and public holiday shift loading! 
  • 5 weeks annual leave   
  • Improve International Accelerated ECC Course accredited for the Foundation Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care (FCert ECC) by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies.  
  • Membership with VIN, VetEducation, CVE, VECCS, AtDOVE  
  • Vet Practice Board Registration  
  • Radiation Licence   
  • Paid attendance for compulsory staff meetings  
  • An engaged and committed leadership team that encourages growth and recognises positive contributions and feedback from the team  
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Wellness Committee 


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How to Apply: 

If you are keen to be a part of a highly compassionate and hard-working team of healthcare professionals, we would love to hear from you. Please submit your application by clicking the apply now button below. 


AREC foster diversity and inclusion within the organization to create an environment where all individuals are valued and included.  

Note: All short-listed applicants will be required to undergo a pre-employment check to verify their identity, qualifications and experience in the form of a reference check. 


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