Internship – Small Animal

Salary: £19,037 plus heavily subsidised accommodation

Closing date: 11th February 2019

Starting June – August 2019

The Animal Health Trust is a large UK-based veterinary charity dedicated to promoting animal

welfare through improved understanding and treatment of diseases in cats, dogs, and horses. The AHT has a multi-disciplinary small animal referral hospital, an equine referral hospital, and a number of re-search groups (including virology, epidemiology, pathology, genetics, and molecular oncology). We have excellent modern facilities and equipment, including video-endoscopy, 1.5 T MRI, a 16-slice CT scanner and a linear accelerator.

The general internship at the Centre for Small Animal Studies is a long-running and well recognised programme for veterinary surgeons. It offers highly motivated veterinary surgeons the opportunity to develop their clinical skills, experience and knowledge by direct contact with specialist practice, preparing them for residencies or other postgraduate training programmes.

Internship structure:

The internship will start in late August 2019, with an initial fortnight of induction and shadowing with our current interns. Interns rotate through the following disciplines and receive direct training from qualified specialists: anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, neurology/neurosurgery, soft tissue surgery, orthopaedics, oncology, dermatology, ophthalmology, and two elective rotations. Our interns also provide care for our referral patients overnight and on weekends, assisting the on-call clinicians with emergency cases out-of-hours, as well as covering bank holiday periods. Interns are encouraged to undertake a research project or externship, or additional internal elective rotation depending on their area of interest.


– Essential personal attributes include enthusiasm for the care of patients, excellent communication skills and teamwork, ability to cope under pressure, and willingness to learn.

– Applicants should have prior experience studying / working in UK veterinary practice environments.

– Candidates that do not speak English as a first language should sit an academic IELTS1 English test ( and obtain an overall band score of at least 7.5, with a score of at least 7.0 in each of the four parts (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). This should be obtained by the application deadline.

– Applicants must be eligible for Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS) and  have MRCVS status in place before the start of the programme.

Salary and Benefits:

Interns receive a salary of £19,037 plus heavily subsidised accommodation. All interns are provided with the option of accommodation on site, in a purpose built facility.

Benefits include an excellent pension scheme with employer contribution up to 8%, 20 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays, 24 hour employee assistance scheme and CPD allowance.


To apply, please complete the following application form; attach a covering letter and your CV to

If you have any questions please contact Heather Covey, Internship Supervisor, by email (


Closing Date for applications – February 11th 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by February 18th.

Interview Dates – 4-6th March 2019