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, and 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. 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 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.
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.
Ability to work in the UK
The UK government have confirmed that EU students starting in 2019 will be allowed to remain in the UK to complete their course and continue on the same terms as home students. Therefore there should be no change to our June 2019 EU intake. Further information can be found here.
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 (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
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 Bettina Dunkel (email@example.com) with your preferred date. If you are a graduated veterinarian living outside the UK who is planning to apply for a Clinical Training Internship and wish to visit please contact Bettina Dunkel (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are unable to visit you are still encouraged to apply to the programme. Please contact the Graduate School (email@example.com) about requirements for non-UK applicants. You will be able to visit the facilities if you are invited for interview.
If you have any specific queries, please contact Equine Director, Bettina Dunkel - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For General application enquiries, please contact the Graduate School at email@example.com
If you would like to know more, the following links may be useful:
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.
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.
** APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED AND WILL RE-OPEN AT THE END OF NOVEMBER 2019**
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 17th June 2019
Closing date: Sunday, 13th January, 2019
Interview date: Thursday, 28th February 2019
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. 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.
Only online application forms submitted through our system will be considered.
The tuition fees for students commencing the course in 2018/19 are as follows:
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Island Fees (Channel Islands & Isle of Man)
The tuition fees for students commencing the course in 2019/20 are as follows:
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Island Fees (Channel Islands & Isle of Man)
Tuition fee amounts are subject to increase each academic year.
For more information and the latest news affecting fees see Tuition Fees.
Clinical Training Internships
All Clinical Training Internship tuition fees are fully funded.
- As an intern your academic 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 £15,100 per annum (subject to review)