Training scholarships / Internship at the AHT

One of the important functions of the Animal Health Trust is to provide post-graduate training opportunities for veterinarians. This is an important and exciting aspect of our work whereby we contribute to the education and training of specialist veterinary surgeons of the future. Who we hope will continue to lead the way in development of veterinary science and animal welfare.

Small Animal Clinic:

The Small Animal Clinic currently offers a number of internship possibilities; each position is available for a 12 month period. Each year we have a group of six interns who rotate through the different disciplines at the AHT gaining experience in the different aspect of the work here. The interns also participate in an out of hours rota, to help care for the inpatients and emergency admissions under supervision of a senior veterinary surgeon. In addition to the rotating interns, we also have some intern positions that are dedicated to specific disciplines such as neurology or ophthalmology.

The internship programme is designed for newly graduated veterinarians who wish to gain further experience in a high-quality referral hospital working alongside specialists in many different fields. The internship programme at the AHT is very successful and a high proportion of our interns progress on to residencies within academic institutes.

We also run internship programmes in some specialised disciplines.

Internship structure:

Internships usually start in June and August, with an initial week of induction and shadowing with our current interns. Interns rotate through the following disciplines and receive direct training from qualified specialists: anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, neurology/neurosurgery, soft tissue surgery, orthopaedics, oncology, dermatology, ophthalmology, and two elective rotations. Our interns also provide care for our referral patients overnight and on weekends, assisting the on-call clinicians with emergency cases out-of-hours, as well as covering bank holiday periods. Interns are encouraged to undertake a research project or externship, or additional internal elective rotation depending on their area of interest.


  • Essential personal attributes include enthusiasm for the care of patients, excellent communication skills and teamwork, ability to cope under pressure, and willingness to learn.
  • Applicants should have prior experience studying / working in UK veterinary practice environments.
  • Candidates that do not speak English as a first language should sit an academic IELTS1 English test ( and obtain an overall band score of at least 7.5, with a score of at least 7.0 in each of the four parts (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). This should be obtained by the application deadline.
  • Applicants must be eligible for Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS) and have MRCVS status in place before the start of the programme.