DVClinSci scholarship: Residency in Emergency and Critical Care (ECC)

Gatton, Queensland, au
Company: The University of Queensland
Category: Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
Published on 2021-06-12 06:09:09

Research Environment

UQ ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 46 in the QS World University Rankings, 42 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 66 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 54 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The School of Veterinary Science at The University of Queensland is an acknowledged leader in veterinary science in Australia.

The award

Supervisor – Associate Professor Benjamin Ahern

The offered position is a 3.5 year program which includes intensive clinical training in emergency and critical care 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 contribution to the emergency and critical care department of the School of Veterinary Science UQ Vets Small Animal Hospital. The program provides active on-site supervision by boarded veterinary specialists and highly qualified clinical researchers. Residents participate fully in the day to day activities of the small animal hospital, including consulting, work-up and procedures for emergency and critical care cases, and in-patient care of intensive care, surgery and medical patients. Residents also participate in the training of veterinary students and the provision of continuing professional development to veterinary practitioners.

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 an equivalent to two semesters of dedicated time free from clinical work to allow completion of research activities. Candidates will also be 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 board examinations for the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

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.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ.

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

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 clinical experience, research interest in veterinary emergency and critical care is highly desirable.

Applicants to the program will be evaluated on the basis of their written application, an interview and referee reports. Applicants will be ranked by a panel of at least 3 members of School on the basis of their application and short-listed candidates will be interviewed either by telephone/skype. The highest ranked qualified candidate will be chosen by consensus.


A living allowance stipend rate is AUD$45,000 per annum (indexed annually), which is tax-free for three years and a half years (conditions apply).


For further information, please contact Dr Mark Haworth at m.haworth@uq.edu.au +61 7 5460 1788

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 ‘SMALL ANIMAL ECC-AHERN’ 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

Applications close: 29 March 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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