Can EEA Nationals (EU/EEA and Swiss citizens) apply for Internships?

Yes, If the Withdrawal Agreement is agreed the UK will enter into a ‘transition’ or ‘implementation’ period from the date after the UK leaves the EU until 31 December 2020 (this period might be extended). After this time EU/EEA/Swiss citizens will be able to apply for immigration permission under the 'settlement scheme'.

Therefore there should be no change to our June/July 2020 EU intake. Further information can be found here .

Can non-EEA citizens apply for Internships?

Yes, non-EEA citizens are welcome to apply for any Internship. We are keen to find the best candidates regardless of their nationality. Funding models for these posts are weighted towards Home/EEA citizens, so when candidates are equal, Internships will be offered to Home/EEA citizens.

Does it matter if I do not have experience as a qualified veterinary surgeon in a practice in the UK?

A minimum of twelve months experience as a qualified veterinary surgeon in the UK is desirable. However, we will consider exceptional new graduates on the Production Animal and Large Animal Internships, so please do not be put off of applying if you are a new graduate, and you must have received confirmation of passing your finals in good time prior to start date of the programme.

How can I arrange an English language test?

If English is not your first language you will need to take an IELTS (Academic) test or equivalent.  The level you need to attain can be found here.

What happens if my referee does not provide their letter of support by the deadline?

This will impact on your application. You should request a letter from your referees as soon as you have decided to apply and either attach them to your application or their contact details entered, which will automatically send an email to your referees requesting them to submit a reference. 

Is it necessary to pass an examination to become MRCVS before starting the Internship?

Membership with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons requires an examination only if your veterinary degree is not recognised by the RCVS. Many veterinary degrees awarded by schools worldwide are recognised, so do not require examination. For further details please go to the RVCS website. New interns normally register with the RCVS at the start of their internship.

Can I apply for an Internship if I already have a PhD?

Yes, candidates with a PhD are welcome to apply, however, funding is prioritised for candidates without a PhD. Under exceptional circumstances, these posts may be offered to individuals with a PhD. Candidates should contact the Graduate School to check eligibility status.

Can I apply to more than one Internship in the same year?

You may, but this is not encouraged.  Your priority may be unclear and it would not improve your chances of being offered a position. Most programmes are interested in individuals committed to those species they manage.

Can I visit the RVC before applying for an Internship?

Yes, we encourage you to visit so that you can meet academic staff and existing interns and learn more about our programmes. Please view the Further Information page of the relevant internship.  The small animal programme has specific open days that require a booking to be made.

Is accommodation provided for Interns?

Accommodation is provided and funded on campus for RVC Campus based interns.

Is there a charge for the Internship?

No.  All internship tuition fees are fully funded. 

Is a stipend provided?

Yes. Information on stipend can be found here.

Is the start date of the internship flexible?

No, as the first week is scheduled for induction activities which you are expected to attend.

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