The Royal Veterinary College offers several Internships that are first class, world-renowned training programmes for veterinary specialisation.

These Internships are designed for qualified veterinary surgeons who wish to specialise in farm animal health and production. The Production Animal Internship programme typically lasts one year and normally commences around the end of June each year.

A successfully completed internship may also be a requirement for those intending to pursue further training on a European College Residency program.

To apply for the Production Animal programme 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 internship 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 an 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 20th February 2017 will not be made a 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. Further information on English language requirements 

Foreign language applicants are encouraged to practice as a veterinary surgeon in the UK for at least one year prior to application.

Twelve months experience as a qualified veterinarian (desirable)

A minimum of twelve months experience as a qualified veterinary surgeon (including significant farm work) in the UK is desirable. Exceptional new graduates will be considered, though grades and references must indicate they you are likely to graduate, and you must have received confirmation of passing your finals in good time prior to start date of the programme (26th June 2017).   Demonstrate individual attributes.

Ability to study in the UK 

Non-EU citizens are welcome to apply for 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 ( 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        
  • Ablility 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 see How To Apply

The one year Production Animal Internship programmes will commence in June 2018 (exact start date to be determined).

Internship programmes:

Internships based a Synergy Farm Health, near Dorchester in Dorset (2 Internship positions will be offered)

The Intern will be based at Synergy Farm Health near Dorchester in Dorset throughout the programme. They will be embedded in this very proactive practice and will be exposed to a wide range of production animal activities and case material.

The Synergy Internship has now been running very successfully for over 5 years and many previous Interns have gone on to be employed with the practice and now perform important roles whilst simultaneously growing the business and advancing their careers . We are looking for new graduates who have a desire to be involved in the future of farm animal practice and come armed with ideas and enthusiasm to develop their skills within a dedicated farm animal team. 

Internship based at Torch Farm Vets in North Devon (one position will be offered)

The Intern will be based at Torch Farm Vets  near Barnstaple in North Devon throughout the program. They will be embedded in this very proactive practice and will be exposed to a wide range of production animal activities and case material. This will be an ideal scholarship for someone who is looking to gain a thorough grounding and training in production animals at the start of their veterinary career. We are looking for a motivated graduate with a desire and enthusiasm to fully engage across the range of activities within a dedicated and fully supportive veterinary team.

Internship in the Farm Animal Clinical Centre, at the Hawkshead Campus of the Royal Veterinary College (one position will be offered)

The programme is based at the Farm Animal Clinical Centre facility which is integrated with the Equine Referral Hospital, where you will receive specialist training in farm animals, including camelids and small ruminants. The case load and training will be predominantly based on individual cattle/small ruminant medicine. You will be supervised by ACVIM (Large Animal) boarded clinicians and ACVS and ECVS (Large Animal) boarded clinicians, to include teaching in medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, pathology and diagnostic imaging. You will be involved in, and have responsibility for, hospitalised cases and be expected to participate in teaching discussions and journal clubs. In addition you will work with the university farm and other local farms to build upon your day one skills alongside primary care practitioners, such as routine cattle fertility visits, calf disbudding and castrations.  

You will also participate in an out of hours (OOH) rota and you should expect to work up to a one in three rota, depending on hospital cases.


Annual Leave

The total annual leave entitlement is 20 days inclusive of bank holidays.


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.


A single occupancy room in shared (with other students) house on-site is available for the duration of the internship.  A small contribution to utility bills is mandatory. (No pets are allowed in the accommodation provided).

Code of Practice

All interns must adhere and abide by the Royal Veterinary College .  The Code of Practice can be found under Essential Information in the Graduate School


A tax-free stipend will be provided. 

Informal enquiries regarding the Internship programmes are actively encouraged

For Torch and Synergy Internships please contact Dr Richard Booth ( who will be also be able to put you in touch with the practice.

For the Internship at the Farm Animal Clinical Centre please contact  Dr James Adams (

If you would like to know more, the following links may be useful: 

Postgraduate study options at the RVC 

Graduate School

General queries/how to apply: 

Internships are currently closed and will re-open mid-November 2017.

Production Animal Internship programmes

- Internships based a Synergy Farm Health near Dorchester in Dorset (two internship positions will be offered)
- Internship based at Torch Farm Vets in North Devon (one position will be offered)
- Internship in the Farm Animal Clinical Centre at the Hawkshead Campus of the Royal Veterinary College (one position will be offered)

Internships will commence in June 2018 and finish in June 2019 (exact dates to be determined).

A tax-free stipend will be provided.

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.

Informal enquiries regarding the Internship programs are actively encouraged

For Torch and Synergy Internships please contact Dr John Fishwick or Dr Richard Booth.

For the Internship at the Farm Animal Clinical Centre please contact Dr James Adams.

General queries, or for more information on how to apply, please contact

Please see How to Apply for more details on the application process, but if you have a specific query you should contact the Graduate School.

Fees for the 2016/17 academic year

  Home/EU Overseas
CTS £9,000 £23,860

For more information and the latest news affecting fees see Tuition Fees.

Funding Options

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.

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