The Royal Veterinary College offers several Internships that are first class, world-renowned training programmes for veterinary specialisation.

These Internships are designed for qualified veterinary surgeons who wish to specialise in farm animal health and production.

The Production Animal Internship programme typically lasts one year and normally commences at the start of July each year. The internship is coupled with a post graduate diploma in Veterinary Clinical Practice (PGDip VCP) and the successful applicant will be automatically enrolled in the course.

RVC is offering two types of Production Animal Internship.

  • The first is primarily Dairy, Beef and Sheep based and positions are offered at Synergy Farm Health, Torch Farm Vets and Fenton Vets
  • The second is a new Pig based internship which is offered for the first time this year at British Quality Pork (BQP) which is a 100% pig specialist practice
  • Candidates should make it clear in their personal statement whether they are applying to be considered for the Dairy, Beef & Sheep focussed internship (you will be considered for places at Synergy Farm Health, Torch Farm Vets or Fenton Vets at the interview stage) or the Pig focussed internship based at British Quality Pork.

A successfully completed internship may also be a requirement for those intending to pursue further training on a European College Residency programme.

To apply for the Production Animal programme 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.

 

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. The test result must have been 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.

Please see a list of English qualifications we will accept as alternatives To IELTS.

Foreign language applicants are encouraged to practice as a veterinary surgeon in the UK for at least one year prior to application.

 

EU Students

For up-to-date information on post-brexit arrangements for students please see: RVC Visa and Immigration.

 

International Students

Non-EU/UK 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/UK interns. Candidates should note that funding models for this programme are weighted towards EU/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 (ctsrecruitment@rvc.ac.uk) 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.

Synergy Farm Health, near Dorchester in Dorset

The Interns will be based at Synergy Farm Health near Dorchester in Dorset throughout the programme. They will be embedded in this very proactive practice and will be exposed to a wide range of production animal activities and case material.

The Synergy Internship has now been running very successfully for eight years and many previous Interns have gone on to be employed with the practice and now perform important roles whilst simultaneously growing the business and advancing their careers. We are looking for new graduates who have a desire to be involved in the future of farm animal practice and come armed with ideas and enthusiasm to develop their skills within a dedicated farm animal team.

 

Torch Farm Vets in North Devon 

The Intern will be based at Torch Farm Vets  near Barnstaple in North Devon throughout the program. They will be embedded in this very proactive practice and will be exposed to a wide range of production animal activities and case material. This will be an ideal internship for someone who is looking to gain a thorough grounding and training in production animals at the start of their veterinary career.

The successful candidate will join a forward thinking team of vets, vet techs and support team where individuals are encouraged to develop their skills and provide high standards of veterinary care in a supportive environment.  We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic graduate with the desire to fully engage across the varied range of activities within the Torch Farm Vet team.

 

Fenton Vets in Pembrokeshire

The intern will be based at Fenton Vets in Haverfordwest, West Wales. They will be embedded in this very proactive practice and will be exposed to a wide range of production animal activities and case material. The rugged Pembrokeshire landscape is home to a very traditional mix of farm types as well as a number of larger, more modern dairy enterprises. Approximately 85% of our work is dairy, 10% beef and 5% sheep. We also work with a number of camelid owners and small holders. The internship will be ideal for a new graduate who is looking to gain a thorough grounding in all types of production systems and rural life.

Our newly refurbished practice is a great base to study and work from and is home to our small animal team as well as our farm team which consists of eight clinical vets, a non-clinical vet focusing on preventative health and two TB testers.  We are looking for a new graduate who wants to home their practical skills and can use their own initiative to develop opportunities of the whole Fenton team.

British Quality Pigs Veterinary Services in Suffolk

The intern will be based at British Quality Pigs in Stradbroke Suffolk but will be working within East Anglia as part of the role. The intern will be immersed in a 100% pig specialist practice based within the UK’s largest commercial pork production company, with over 60 breeding farms and 340 farmer partners within the business. BQP breed and rear over 1 million pigs a year, specialise in supplying high welfare RSPCA assured, outdoor bred, free range and organic pork for premium markets.   This position will be within a forward-thinking practice with access to a wealth of clinical experience and technical support. The team consists of nine vets who collectively have over 75 years of technical pig experience, with certificated and postgraduate specialist staff.   This team is supported by an administrative team and a dispensary service.

The team have regular monthly clinical meetings, which discuss health, welfare and pharmaceutical strategy as well as interesting cases and weekly catchups on issues arising in the field. We support and encourage regular attendance at the Pig Veterinary Society as part of CPD and as an opportunity to widen industry knowledge. While formal CPD courses are not widely available within the pig sector, we have access to excellent courses in partnership with the pharmaceutical industry.

This is the ideal internship for a clinician interested in specialising in the area of commercial livestock production.

The intern will have first-hand involvement of commercial pig practice, including diagnostics, development of treatment regimens and population medicine, with the internship producing a confident and competent pig practitioner.

Accommodation will be provided with the job within close proximity to the main practice.  

Annual Leave

The total annual leave entitlement is 20 days inclusive of bank holidays.

 

Assessment

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

 

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

 

Stipend

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

 

Informal enquiries regarding the Internship programmes are actively encouraged

If you have any specific queries, or would like to arrange a visit, please contact the Head of the Farm Animal Health and Production Group, Dr Richard Booth, in the first instance

For general queries/how to apply please contact: ctsrecruitment@rvc.ac.uk

RVC is offering two types of Production Animal Internship.

  • The first is primarily Dairy, Beef and Sheep based and positions are offered at Synergy Farm Health, Torch Farm Vets and Fenton Vets
  • The second is a new Pig based internship which is offered for the first time this year at British Quality Pork (BQP) which is a 100% pig specialist practice
  • Candidates should make it clear in their personal statement whether they are applying to be considered for the Dairy, Beef & Sheep focussed internship (you will be considered for places at Synergy Farm Health, Torch Farm Vets or Fenton Vets at the interview stage) or the Pig focussed internship based at British Quality Pork.

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

 

FAQS

You may also find these FAQs helpful.

Production Animal Internships commencing 5th July 2021 for 52 weeks

At least one position will be offered at each of the practices below:

Closing date:  Thursday, 26th November 2020

Interview dates:  Tuesday, 2nd February 2021

Interviews will be held in a virtual format

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 of 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.

 

Informal enquiries regarding the Internship programs are actively encouraged

For specific enquiries please contact Dr Richard Booth.

For general queries, or for more information on how to apply, please contact ctsrecruitment@rvc.ac.uk.

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.

Only online application forms submitted through our system will be considered.

 

Please ensure that your English qualification meets our requirements in time for applying.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are as follows:

Year Commencing studies UK Fees EU Fees International Fees Island Fees (Channel Islands & Isle of Man)
2020/21 £9,000 £9,000 £26,080 £26,080
2021/22 £9,000 £27,380 £27,380 £27,380

 

Tuition fee amounts are subject to increase each academic year.

Funding Options

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 £16,100 per annum (subject to review)

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