Exotic Animal Internship
The Royal Veterinary College offers several internships that are first class, world-renowned training programmes for veterinary specialisation and this year we are pleased to be able to offer our first internship in exotic species.
This internship is designed for a qualified veterinary graduate who wishes to gain more experience with exotic species. The internship programme lasts one year and is particularly suitable if you are a recent graduate and wish to apply for a position in exotics practice or wish to pursue specialist training in future i.e. a three year Residency. The internship is coupled with a post graduate diploma in Veterinary Clinical Practice (PGDipVCP) and the successful applicant will be automatically enrolled in the course. The intern will be based at the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital - the RVC's teaching hospital at the Camden campus, London.
The Internship programme commences at the end of June each year, with a short induction programme.
To apply for the Exotic Animal you must meet the following requirements:
Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (or eligible) RCVS.
You must be eligible for full (and must pay and organise yourself) Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Applicants must be an MRCVS by the date the scholarship starts, and ideally by the date of application and interview.
Meet English language requirement
You must be able to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing. If English is not your first language you must take IELTS (Academic) test. We require 7.5 in IELTS (Academic) with no element below 7. A certified copy of your IELTS test result should be submitted with your application. Applications that do not satisfy these criteria may not be considered for shortlisting. Shortlisted candidates who do not send a copy of the IELTS test results by the deadline of 27th February will not be made an offer and will instead be offered to candidates who have met the College's English language requirements by this date. It is advised that applicants arrange to take the IELTS exam as soon as possible due to limited availability.
Foreign language applicants are encouraged to practice as a veterinary surgeon in the UK for at least one year prior to application.
A minimum of twelve months experience as a qualified veterinarian.
Ability to work in the UK
Non-EU citizens are welcome to apply for the internship. We are keen to find the best candidates regardless of their nationality and have had occasional non-EU interns. Candidates should note that funding models for this programme are weighted towards EU citizens, so when candidates are equal, internships will be offered to EU citizens. Please note that possession of an EU passport does not necessarily mean you will classed as EU for you fee status, and you should contact the graduate school (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
What essential attributes do you need to join the programme?
- Be a highly motivated recently qualified veterinary surgeon
- Keen to develop your veterinary skills, experience and knowledge
- Willing to work hard
- Ability to cope under pressure
- Positive attitude at all times
- Great teamwork skills
- Work effectively and efficiently with a range of people from support staff, veterinary students to Professors
- Patience to teach and guide veterinary undergraduate students
How to apply
Applications for internships at the RVC need to be submitted via UKPASS. For details seen How to apply.
The one year Exotic Animal Internship programme will commence in June/July 2018 (exact start dates to be determined).
The programme begins with an introduction and orientation week. The remainder of the year will involve working within the Exotics Service, predominantly at the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital. You will gain a range of experience working with exotic species including rabbits, small mammals, reptiles and birds. You will also participate in the weekend and out of hours (OOH) rota.
The total annual leave entitlement is 20 days inclusive of bank holidays. Further details can be found in the Code of Practice.
The Post Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Practice (PG Dip VCP) has been aligned to the internship programme and will be assessed by case reports and work placed based assessments (WPBA). Constructive feedback will be provided both informally and formally throughout the year. Your clinical progress will be assessed on an individual basis and feedback given on an informal basis every three months based on your performance during rotations. Each intern has a formal appraisal six months after the start of the internship i.e. half-way through. This is intended to track progress, and to ensure that all learning objectives are completed by the end of the internship.
Code of Practice All interns must adhere and abide by the Royal Veterinary College's Code of Practice for Interns & Residents and can be found under Essential Information in the Graduate School.
A tax-free stipend will be provided.
Visiting the RVC Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital
We recommend that applicants visit prior to application. To arrange a visit, please contact Joanna Hedley (email@example.com) with your preferred date. If you are unable to visit you are still encouraged to apply to the programme. You will be able to visit the facilities if you are invited for interview.
If you would like to know more, the following links may be useful: RVC Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital
If you have any specific queries, please contact Dr. Joanna Hedley ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
For General Internship application enquiries, please contact the Graduate School (email@example.com).
Internships are currently closed and will re-open mid-November 2017
Exotic Animal interns/students will receive advanced training and experience in exotic species, including rabbits, reptiles, small mammals and birds at the exotic referral services at the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital (Camden).
Closing date: TBA
Interview dates: TBA
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend interviews during the above dates. We endeavour to inform those who have been short listed for interview, in writing, at least 2 weeks before the interview date. The interview typically lasts 20-30 minutes. It is designed to test the applicant’s understanding of the role and function of an intern, and their motivation for pursuing an internship. Candidates will also be required to take a Cambridge Personality Styles Questionnaire (20-30 minutes). Further details will be provided to short-listed candidates as part of the interview process.
Fees for the 2016/17 academic year
For more information and the latest news affecting fees see Tuition Fees.
All Internships are fully funded.
All Internships are fully funded.
Postgraduate Loans for both taught and research Masters Programmes
Autumn Statement November 2015 brought exciting news for future postgraduates.The government has now reconfirmed its commitment to introduce postgraduate Masters Loans in 2016-17.