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.


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 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 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 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. 

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.

A minimum of twelve months experience as a qualified veterinarian.

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 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        
  • 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. The remainder of the year will involve working within the Exotics Service, predominantly at the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital (Camden). 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.

Visiting the RVC Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital

We recommend that applicants visit prior to application.

To arrange a visit, please contact Joanna  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:

If you have any specific queries, please contact  Dr. Joanna Hedley (

For General Internship application enquiries, please contact the Graduate School (  

Annual Leave

The total annual leave entitlement is 20 days inclusive of bank holidays. Further details can be found in the Code of Practice (see below).


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.  


Information on accommodation can be found under Funding Options.

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.


Information on the current stipend can be found under Funding Options.


You may find these FAQs helpful.



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:   N/A

Interview dates: N/A

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.

For an informal discussion about these internships, please contact: Dr. Joanna Hedley (;  General queries/how to apply:    

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.

The tuition fees for students commencing the course in 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU Tuition FeesInternational Fees

Island Fees (Channel Islands & Isle of Man)

£9,000 £25,320 £25,320

The tuition fees for students commencing the course in 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU Tuition FeesInternational Fees

Island Fees (Channel Islands & Isle of Man)

£9,000 £26,080 £26,080

Exotic Internship will not be available in 2019.

Tuition fee amounts are subject to increase each academic year.

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

Funding Options

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)

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