Small Animal Internal Medicine Specialists
Multiple Full Time Positions available

Are you feeling a bit chilly with the polar vortex? Are you looking to practice high quality specialty medicine in an internationally diverse practice? Consider moving to Australia, many of your ACVIM colleagues have already made the move after their residency and never looked back. Queensland experiences 300 days of sunshine annually with a subtropical climate. Our motto is gorgeous one day, perfect the next! Still not sure, have a look at google images of Tallebudgera Creek and Burleigh Heads, a 10 minute drive from our Gold Coast clinic.

Our team is a fun combination of Australians, Europeans, Americans, and South Africans. We have ACVIM/ECVIM/South African boarded diplomates in internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, surgery and Australian boarded diplomates in critical care, dentistry. The oncology and radiation oncology (ACVR) is within a 1 hour drive for treatments such as stereotactic radiation. We use teleradiologists (small island, not a lot of radiologists).

Envision copper crested cockatoos on your drive to work, waiting for a koala to cross the road, having a surf or a beach run before work, and actually getting to take all your vacation. 

Why Australia?

  • We work to live, not live to work. Quality of life is important, we work but want to enjoy the beautiful paradise lifestyle. 95% of our specialists and nurses take big international trips yearly. It’s the norm here
  • 4 weekday workweek with shared weekends rotating among a group of 10-12 (yes, 1 in every 10-12 weekends)
  • Vacation, vacation, vacation. 5 weeks of paid vacation plus 17.5% leave loading
  • 12 scheduled government holidays per year (another 2.5 weeks vacation)
  • 1 week of paid conference leave with conference stipend
  • VISA sponsorship is easy, and in 2 years become a permanent resident with socialized (free) healthcare, bring yourself, bring your family (we can make that happen as well)
  • after 10 years of service, we offer long service leave, that is a 3 month paid sabbatical

The Gold Coast, Queensland is a place where a medicine specialist is able to obtain real estate within walking distance to beach. If you like the rainforest, our Hinterland is a short 30 minute drive away for hiking and mountain biking. Our clinic is about a lifestyle choice. If you like the city, consider our Brisbane clinic. If you love the beach, consider the Gold Coast Clinic.

Veterinary Specialist Services (VSS) is one of the largest independent/non-corporate referral practices in South-East Queensland with hospitals located in Underwood (south of Brisbane), Carrara (Gold Coast) and Jindalee (western suburbs). We have over 30 veterinarians and 80 support staff between our clinics.


  • Diplomate ACVIM/ECVIM/MMedVet or have completed their residencies or about to complete and eligible to sit for specialist registration in internal medicine
  • Have a sense of humour and like to chat about interesting cases with your colleagues
  • Love to travel and want nearly 8 weeks off yearly between vacation, conference leave, and annual holidays

What we can offer you:

  • Our hospitals are purpose designed, state of the art facilities with dedicated ICU, CT, MRI, Video Endoscopy, Ultrasound and Fluoroscopy, physiotherapy and underwater treadmill providing a referral only service whilst working closely with an integrated 24-hour emergency service
  • Paid Study leave for your board exams and continuing education allowance
  • Remuneration base salary and a percentage of your productivity, no negative accrual at all!

We are committed to finding the right team members - If you are interested in discussing opportunities within VSS, please email our Head of Human Resources, Kylie Simmons on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or please contact our Director – Internal Medicine Specialist Peter Barron, BvSC, FACVS (Medicine)  on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Dr Penny Watson
University of Cambridge
Madingley Road
Cambridge CB3 0ES
United Kingdom

Executive Secretary:

Dr Remo Lobetti
Bryanston Veterinary Hospital
PO Box 67092
2021 Bryanston
Republic of South Africa

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