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 is an outstanding locally owned, non-corporate practice. Established in 2001, we operate a 24-hour emergency service in addition to daytime specialist and referral services. We are certified as an ASAV Hospital of Excellence.

We come from a diverse range of backgrounds and our decisions and behaviour are governed by our core value of Respect, shown through Diligence, Professionalism, Excellence, Empathy and Integrity.

We have a strong focus on professional development, mental health and work-life balance.

Our wholistic approach to the development and wellbeing of all our interns is unparalleled.  Our compassionate team and leadership are just part of what makes AREC special.


About the position:

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.


Our compensation programme includes:

    • Generous remuneration package
    • 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


Qualifications required:

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


MHFA - Skilled Workplace Recognition AREC VET



We are now accepting applications, please apply using the direct application below or contact

For more information about the AREC and Newcastle lifestyle, visit and have a look at our videos and photos via the below links:

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