The Royal Veterinary College offers several Internships that are first class, world-renowned training programmes for veterinary specialisation, including within the equine field.
These internships are designed for qualified veterinary graduates who wish to specialise in equine general practice or specific disciplines related to equine practice. The internship programme typically lasts one year and is particularly attractive if you are a recent graduate and wish to apply for a position in equine practice or wish to pursue specialist training in a specific discipline i.e. a three year residency, where a rotating one year internship is often a necessary initial qualifying step. 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 Internship programme commences in mid-June each year, with a short induction programme.
To apply for the Equine Internship 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 (or equivalent). 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 obtained within 2 years of the start- date of the course. Applications that do not satisfy these criteria will not be considered for shortlisting.
It is advisable 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.
Twelve months experience as a qualified veterinarian (desirable)
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 Equine Internship, 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.
For up-to-date information on post-brexit arrangements for students please see: RVC Visa and Immigration.
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 and UK citizens, so when candidates are equal, internships will be offered to EU/UK 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
Admissions Policy & Procedures
Further information on the recruitment procedure can be found here.
The programme begins with an introduction and orientation week that is partially shared with the small animal interns. There is also a week over the Christmas / New Year holiday period working solely in out-of-hours emergency care. The remainder of the year is divided into rotation blocks of varying lengths.
You will rotate through equine soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, equine medicine, large animal anaesthesia and large animal diagnostic imaging. The time spend on each service will depend on requirements of the hospital.
You will also participate in the out of hours (OOH) rota and you should expect to work a one in four or one in three rota. Very occasionally, depending on demand, working a one in two rota might be necessary.
Two weeks of extra mural study (EMS) time will be allocated to you in the second half of your programme.
A prerequisite for successful completion of the internship programme is successful completion of the PGD VCP coursework. This includes passing of several practical and oral assessments throughout the clinical rotations. In addition, written assessments in form of case reports are required for each rotation.
Visiting the RVC Equine Referral Hospital
We recommend that applicants visit prior to application and spend a day with the clinical services. Informal meetings with available members of the clinical teams will be arranged during the visit. To arrange a visit, please contact Dr Bettina Dunkel (email@example.com) with your preferred date. If you are unable to visit you are still encouraged to apply to the programme. Please contact the Graduate School (firstname.lastname@example.org) about requirements for non-UK applicants. You will be able to visit the facilities if you are invited for interview.
For General application enquiries, please contact the Graduate School at email@example.com
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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. Further information can be found in Course Assessment and Award Regulations 2019/20: PGDip in Veterinary Clinical Practice.
Information on accommodation can be found under Funding Options.
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.
Current information on stipend can be found under Funding Options
You may find these FAQS helpful.
Four Equine interns/students will receive advanced training and gain experience in the disciplines of equine soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, equine medicine, large animal anaesthesia and large animal diagnostic imaging in the Equine Referral Hospital (Hawkshead campus). These internships count as a rotating internship for the Specialist European Colleges.
The internship starts on 15th June 2020 for 54 weeks.
Closing date: Sunday, 12th January, 2020
Interview date: Thursday, 27th February 2020
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend interviews during the above dates. We endeavour to inform those who have been short listed for interview within 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.
For an informal discussion about these internships, please contact: Dr Bettina Dunkel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr Melanie Perrier (email@example.com). For general queries/how to apply: firstname.lastname@example.org
Only online application forms submitted through our system will be considered.
Please ensure that your English qualification meets our requirements in time for applying.
The tuition fees for students commencing the course in 2019/20 are as follows:
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The tuition fees for students commencing the course in 2020/21 are as follows:
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Tuition fee amounts are subject to increase each academic year.
The UK Government has now confirmed that EU students who begin their degrees in or before the academic year 2019-20 will still be eligible for home student fees and financial support throughout their full degree. In Scotland and England, this will continue for students starting degrees in 2020/21. This will apply regardless of the outcome of Brexit, which is currently expected to happen by 31st October 2019 (Announced May 2019).
For in depth information please read latest guidance for students on post-Brexit rules and entitlements and FAQs for EU students and EEA/ Swiss students.
In future, the Government will provide sufficient notice for prospective EU students on fee arrangements ahead of the 2021/2022 academic year and subsequent years. These fees are not decided as yet.
For more information and the latest news affecting fees see Tuition Fees.
Clinical Training Internships
All Clinical Training Internships are fully funded.
- As an intern your tuition fees will be paid by the department that you are working in.
- A single occupancy room in a shared (with others interns) house on-site is available for the duration of the internship for RVC based interns. No pets are allowed in the accommodation.
- A tax-free stipend will be paid monthly in arrears. Currently the stipend is £15,600 per annum (subject to review)