Internships at Northwest Veterinary Specialists

Would you like to work alongside Specialists at the cutting edge of veterinary medicine? Unleash your potential with a Northwest Veterinary Specialists Internship Programme.

We are pleased to offer a one-year rotating internship at our multidisciplinary referral centre. Internships at Northwest Veterinary Specialist (NWVS) provide career development opportunities and can act as a stepping-stone towards small animal residencies and other postgraduate programmes. It also provides an outstanding experience for those wishing to return to general practice. All our Interns have a veterinary degree registerable with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and have at least one year of postgraduate experience in a small animal practice.

The programme is designed for highly motivated veterinary surgeons who wish to expand their clinical knowledge, skills and experience, working under supervision in a multidisciplinary referral hospital and providing an emergency out-of-hours service. Second-year specialist internships may be available at the end of this fixed-term contract, and we also offer a residency training programme in selected disciplines.

Involvement in clinical research, CPD and externships is actively encouraged. This is complemented by journal clubs, in-house specialist lectures, seminars and small-group teaching. We offer our interns the opportunity to assist our veterinary surgeons and Specialists, not just to observe from the sidelines.

Why join Northwest Veterinary Specialists?

Northwest Veterinary Specialists (NWVS) began as a family-run business and has since grown to become one of the leading orthopaedic referral hospitals in the Northwest. In 2009, the hospital expanded to include internal medicine, becoming a multidisciplinary veterinary hospital.

Today, NWVS is part of Linnaeus, the largest network of specialist-led referral practices in the UK and Ireland. With over 120 interns and 90 residents working across the group, there are endless career opportunities available. As a company that is part of Mars Veterinary Health, NWVS is dedicated to excellence in veterinary care and making the world A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.

What does a Northwest Veterinary Specialists intern do/what should you expect?

We are delighted to offer one-year rotating internships at our multidisciplinary referral hospital. Our internships are designed to provide outstanding career development opportunities and equip interns with exceptional experiences that can be the first step towards a small animal residency program.

Our hospital has six interns who rotate through different disciplines such as anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery. Each intern must have a veterinary degree that is registerable with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, as well as at least one year of post-graduate experience in a small animal practice.

As our interns are an essential part of our team, they assist with diagnostic investigations, surgical procedures and inpatient care, working under the guidance of residents and specialists. Our program is ideal for highly motivated veterinary surgeons who want to expand their clinical knowledge, skills and experience. It's also encourages interns to get involved in clinical research and CPD sessions.

We provide our interns with the opportunity to attend journal clubs, in-house specialist lectures and seminars, and we expect a few small presentations from them. Regular seminars are delivered by Linnaeus Specialists, providing interns with more didactic teaching.

Our team is passionate about enabling interns to develop their careers. Previous interns have progressed into discipline-specific internships and residencies. During the internship, interns benefit from outstanding clinical training from specialists, 1:1 mentoring with a trained mentor within a framework of monthly mentoring sessions, seminar teaching opportunities, and support to undertake clinical research.

We are dedicated to supporting interns in their professional development. Our previous interns have gone on to pursue a specialisation in their field as interns or residents. During the programme, our interns receive exceptional clinical training from specialists, 1:1 guidance from an experienced mentor with monthly mentoring sessions, opportunities to teach seminars and access to resources for clinical research.

By joining us, you will be associated with a network of Specialist-led referral practices and over 120 specialist pathway internship and residency training posts.

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How else will you benefit?

We are passionate about enabling you to develop yourself and your career. There are many opportunities to progress into residency training at NWVS or across the group.

Alternatively, we can support you to become a highly-skilled clinician and progress your career within primary care practice.

Whatever path you choose, you will also benefit from:

  • Excellent in-clinic training from Specialists in our multidisciplinary practices
  • 1:1 mentoring with a trained mentor within a framework of monthly mentoring sessions
  • Regular check-in meetings with the Linnaeus Internship and Residency Manager
  • Small group seminar teaching
  • Monthly intern film reading sessions
  • Professional skills development
  • Research skills training
  • Support to undertake clinical research
  • RCVS Knowledge Library subscription for journal access
  • RECOVER online basic and advanced life support training
  • Career development workshop
  • Unrivalled network of specialist-led referral practices and over 120 Specialist pathway internship and residency training posts
  • Access to careers within our network of excellent primary care practices.

Want to find out more?

Thank you to everyone who applied for our Summer 2024 Rotating Internship Programme. Applications are now closed.

If you are interested in a Rotating Internship at our hospital, please register your interest by emailing your name and CV to [email protected]