The Royal Veterinary College offers several Internships that are first class, world-renowned training programmes for veterinary specialisation, including within the equine and farm animal field.

These internships are designed for qualified veterinary graduates who wish to specialise in equine or farm animal general practice or specific disciplines related to equine or farm animal 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 or farm animal 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 Large Animal 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. 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.

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 Large Animal 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 will be allowed to remain in the UK to complete courses started in or before 2018/19. Therefore there should be no change to our June 2018 EU intake: UKCISA Student News

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        
  • 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  

How to apply

Applications for internships at the RVC need to be submitted via UKPASS. For details see How To Apply

The Large Animal one year Internship will commence 18th June 2018

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, farm animal medicine and surgery, 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.   


Annual Leave

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


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 interns) house on-site is available for the duration of the internship. (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, currently, £14.700 per annum.

Visiting the RVC Equine Referral Hospital and Farm Animal Clinical Centre

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 ( or Alex McSloy ( 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 ( If you are unable to visit you are still encouraged to apply to the programme. Please contact the Graduate School ( about requirements for non-UK applicants. You will be able to visit the facilities if you are invited for interview.  


Further Information

You may find these FAQS helpful.

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

RVC Equine Referral Hospital

Farm Animal Clinical Centre     

Postgraduate study options at the RVC 

If you have any specific queries, please contact one of the directors of the Equine or Farm Internships, who are:

For General application enquiries, please contact the Graduate School at 

Large Animal interns/students will receive advanced training and gain experience in the disciplines of equine soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, equine medicine, farm animal medicine and surgery, large animal anaesthesia and large animal diagnostic imaging in the Equine Referral Hospital and Farm Animal Clinical Centre (Hawkshead campus). These internships count as a rotating internship for the Specialist European Colleges.  

Four one year Internships will commence 18th June 2018

An annual stipend will be provided, currently £14,700 p.a.

Closing date:   Sunday 14th January 2018

Interview date: Thursday 1st March 2018

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.

For an informal discussion about these internships, please contact: Dr Bettina Dunkel ( or Dr Alex McSloy ( For 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.

Fees for the 2017/18 academic year

  UK/EU International
CTS £9,000 £24,580

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

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