Our referral centres offer 12-month structured Internships based on mentorship, direct supervision and didactic experiences including rounds, seminars and formal presentations.

Interns do not have direct clinical responsibility for patients and will always work under the direct supervision of a Specialist Clinician or Resident. Internships may be either rotating or discipline-specific. A rotating Internship, involves multi-disciplinary training, enabling the participant to make an informed choice as to which specialist discipline to pursue at the end of training. Discipline-specific Internships provide training that is focused on one major discipline and is suitable for candidates who have already chosen their area of specialisation. In addition to clinical training, Interns are encouraged to undertake a clinically-orientated research project. The content of Internship Programmes is defined by European Specialist Colleges and, to ensure that delivery of the programme is monitored appropriately, the referral centre assigns a supervisor who is responsible for the Interns’ progress which is reviewed every 2 to 3 months, at which time there is an opportunity for feedback from the Interns. Interns are recruited twice a year, in January and July. This ensures that half of the existing Interns at the referral centre have six months’ experience and can provide support for incoming Interns. Interns may be either:

i) Employed – in common with all colleagues in the referral centres, Interns employed directly will enjoy the full group benefits. Typical salaries are in the range of £20,000 pa.
ii) Post graduate students: Interns who register as post graduate students are eligible to graduate with a PGCert qualification at the end of the Internship and are paid a non-taxable stipend, typically £16,000 per annum.

Interns will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the Internship. This recognises the areas of clinical training received.

Where the Internship Programme is administered in conjunction with an academic body, a credit-based academic qualification is awarded.

Applications to join the programme are open to anyone who is licensed by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to practise veterinary medicine in the UK. If you would like further information about Internships, or wish to apply, you should contact the referral centres directly. Their details can be found via the links below:

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