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Small Animal Internships

Our specialist referral centres offer small animal internships

Anderson Moores, Dick White Referrals and Northwest Veterinary Specialists all provide market-leading internship programmes at their multi-disciplinary referral centres. Interns do not have direct clinical responsibility for patients and will always work under the direct supervision of a Specialist or Resident.

Interns are recruited twice a year (July and January) to ensure that half of interns always have experience and can provide support for the incoming intern appointments. Please note our programme start dates are generally January and July, but applications usually open in autumn and spring, all details on individual centre websites.  However Northwest Veterinary Specialists welcome applications year round. 

For further information on internships at our referral centres, please contact:  

Anderson Moores :

Dick White Referrals :

Northwest Veterinary Specialists :

For any general programme enquiries : 

Our specialist referral centres

What is an internship and who can apply?

An internship is a post-graduate 12 month structured junior clinical training programme that emphasises mentorship, direct supervision, and didactic experiences including rounds, seminars and formal presentations.

Anyone who is licensed by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to practice veterinary medicine in the UK may apply. Internships are suitable for recent graduates although some of our Intern candidates may already have some experience in small animal practice.

What disciplines will Interns get experience in?

Internships may be either rotating or discipline-specific: 

  • A rotating internship implies that the intern will be exposed to multi-disciplinary training (possibly including but not limited, to Anaesthesia / Analgesia, Cardiology, Critical Care, Diagnostic Imaging, Internal Medicine, Neurology / Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Soft Tissue Surgery and Clinical Pathology). In addition, interns will gain experience of emergency and out-of-hours practice.


  • Rotating internships provide broad clinical training and enable the junior clinician to make a choice of a specialist discipline at the end of this training.
  •  A discipline-specific internship implies that the intern training will focus on only one major discipline.


  • This type of internship is usually suitable for candidates who have chosen a specific discipline at an earlier stage.

In addition to the clinical training programme, interns are encouraged to undertake a clinically-orientated research project for which funding is provided.

How is the quality of the Internship programme regulated?

How is the quality of the internship programme regulated?

Although the content of intern training programme is described by European specialist colleges, there is no regulatory body that oversees delivery of intern programmes.

To ensure the delivery of the programme content is correctly monitored, we assign a supervisor to all interns who is then responsible for the intern’s progress. All interns go through a formal induction process and it is this process that means all colleagues are committed, and contribute, to this philosophy at every opportunity.

What Qualifications do Interns gain?

Interns will receive a Certificate of Internship Completion at the end of the programme.  This certificate formally recognises the areas of clinical training received during the training programme. 

Where the Intern Programme is administered in conjunction with an academic body (such as the University of Nottingham), a Credit-based Academic Qualification is awarded (such as a PGcert).

How will an internship help a career in small animal veterinary medicine?

How will an internship help a career in small animal veterinary medicine?

Irrespective of whether intern graduates intend to go into general practice, seek further training towards an advanced clinical qualification or enrol for a postgraduate research programme, clinical internship training programmes will instil rigorous standards of clinical management and provide a simply invaluable start to a career in small animal veterinary medicine.

Intern graduates wishing to enrol in a residency training programme to achieve specialist status will be expected to show evidence of completing one year in a clinical internship training programme.

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Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists

Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists, located near Winchester, provides the highest quality surgical and medical care for cats and dogs from across Hampshire, Dorset, West Sussex and beyond.

The team takes referrals in soft tissue surgery, orthopaedics, internal medicine, neurology & neurosurgery, cardiology, oncology, dermatology and physiotherapy. In 2016 Anderson Moores opened a Feline Hyperthyroid Clinic.

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Dick White Referrals

Dick White Referrals is one of the largest Specialist veterinary centres in Europe, offering outstanding levels of clinical care in state-of-the-art facilities based in Cambridgeshire.

The team specialises in anaesthesia and analgesia, cardiology, clinical pathology, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, interventional radiology, neurology and neurosurgery, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, physiotherapy and soft tissue surgery.

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Northwest Veterinary Specialists 

Northwest Veterinary Specialists provide specialist veterinary services to practices in North West England and North & Mid Wales.

Specialist disciplines include orthopaedic, soft tissue and spinal surgery, neurology, internal medicine, oncology and anaesthesia with support in diagnostic imaging.

"The completion of the internship programme at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists was a pivotal moment for my career and it was my first step towards a medical residency. The internship gave me the opportunity to expand my clinical knowledge, take myself out of my comfort zone and get involved in research. The high number of challenging cases, the support and direct supervision from our clinicians, as well as the weekly teaching sessions, allowed me to improve my clinical knowledge and skills, as well develop myself personally. During this year I had the opportunity to work alongside the medical team for the completion of a retrospective study that was submitted by the Journal of Small Animal Practice and will soon be published. I also, had the privilege of presenting a case report at the BSAVA congress in Birmingham. Being the author of this study allowed me to develop my scientific writing, presentation and public speaking, skills which are important to have when undertaking residency training. Above all, Anderson Moores gave me the opportunity to work as part of a big team, teaching me many new skills and working styles. It has also enabled me to prepare for the next stage of my career; having been working closely alongside current residents throughout my internship has shown me the dedication, hard-work and study required in the pursuit of specialisation and I know I am ready for this challenge. Undoubtedly, the internship was one of the most rewarding experiences in my career and I am sure it will allow me to be a successful resident in the future." 

-Zeta, Anderson Moores intern

"Doing the general internship at Dick White Referrals has proved to be a pivotal moment in my career. The busy caseload allows for a great deal of exposure to a variety of challenging cases. The day-to-day environment is a very academic setting where multiple opportunities for formal teaching exist on a weekly basis. Altogether, these make this internship an invaluable opportunity for professional development. I have no doubt that doing my internship here at Dick White Referrals was key in successfully applying to my Small Animal Surgery Residency - it has helped not just me, but many others, in the process of getting a residency!" 

- Francisco, Dick White Referrals intern

"The rotating internship at Northwest Veterinary Specialists was crucial for me in gathering a broad range of experiences and cementing my interests prior to pursuing further specialist training. The programme is well structured, well supported and has remained academically stimulating throughout. I have no doubt that the internship will prove to be the cornerstone of my career, and I owe a debt of gratitude to the team at Northwest for making it such a memorable period." 

- Will, Northwest Veterinary Specialists intern