Why Join Linnaeus?

The real question is, why wouldn't you? At Linnaeus we have the largest network of Specialist-led referral practices in the UK and Ireland, with over 120 interns and 100 residents working across the group. As a company that is part of Mars Veterinary Health we are committed to excellence and making

Whether you would like to work your way up our specialist training pathway or develop your knowledge and skills to continue your career working to the highest clinical standards in one of our primary care practices, we can offer you a well-supported internship programme and a salary of £36,000pa. The career opportunities are endless.


We are currently recruiting for rotating interns at:


PracticePlaces availableLength of rotation (weeks)RotationsDisciplines
Anderson Moores 8 3 10 Anaesthesia, Diagnostic Imaging, ECC, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Soft Tissue Surgery, Cardiology
Davies Veterinary Specialists 7 1 6 Anaesthesia, Diagnostic Imaging, Internal Medicine, Soft Tissue Surgery, Orthopaedics, Neurology

DWR Veterinary Specialists

8 3 10 ECC, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Soft Tissue Surgery, Orthopaedics
Eastcott Veterinary Referrals 8 2 6 Soft Tissue Surgery, Orthopaedics, Internal Medicine, Anaesthesia, Dentistry, Diagnostic Imaging, ECC, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Cardiology
London Veterinary Specialists 8 3 10 Anaesthesia, Cardiology, Diagnostic Imaging, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Soft Tissue Surgery, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology
North Downs Specialist Referrals 5 2 9 Anaesthesia, Cardiology, Dermatology, Diagnostic Imaging, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Soft Tissue Surgery 
Northwest Veterinary Referrals 6 2 10 Anaesthesia, Diagnostic Imaging, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Soft Tissue Surgery, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology
Southfields Veterinary Specialists 4 2 8 Anaesthesia, Cardiology, Diagnostic Imaging, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Soft Tissue Surgery
Vet Specialists Scotland 2 2 8 Anaesthesia, Cardiology, Dermatology, Diagnostic Imaging, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Soft Tissue Surgery
Wear Referrals 2 4 9 Anaesthesia, Cardiology, Diagnostic Imaging, ECC, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Soft Tissue Surgery
Willows Referral Service 6 2 7 Anaesthesia, Cardiology, Diagnostic Imaging, ECC, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Soft Tissue Surgery

Click here for more information and view the current internship and residence positions at our practices.


Rotating Internship Programme


Benefits of an Internship with Linnaeus

We are passionate about enabling you to develop yourself and your career. In 2021, over half of our rotating interns progressed straight into a discipline-specific internship or residency and almost 80% of our discipline-specific interns achieved residencies directly out of their internship programme within Linnaeus or in academic or private practice roles elsewhere in the UK and USA. There are more opportunities to progress into residency training posts in Linnaeus than any other organisation in the UK.

Whatever path you choose, you will benefit from:

  • Salary of £36,000
  • Excellent in-clinic training from Specialists in our multi-disciplinary 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, clinical reasoning rounds, research training and regular professional skills and wellbeing sessions
  • Support for undertaking clinical research
  • Knowledge Library subscription for journal access
  • RECOVER online basic and advanced life support training
  • Career development workshop
  • Annual intern training day
  • Unrivalled network of Specialist-led referral practices and over 130 Specialist pathway internship and residency training posts
  • Access to careers within our network of excellent primary care practices.



Rotating Internship Programme


Why not reach out to our Internship Directors for more information about our programmes and to arrange a practice visit?

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Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists
James Grierson & Carl Bradbrook
[email protected] & [email protected]

Intern Placements: 8

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Davies Veterinary Specialists
Sarah Gibson
[email protected]

Intern Placements: 7

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DWR Veterinary Specialists
Charlie Pittaway
[email protected]

Intern Placements: 8

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Eastcott Veterinary Referrals
Katherine Manchip
[email protected]

Intern Placements: 8

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London Vet Specialist
Laura Bree
[email protected]

Intern Placements: 8

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North Downs Specialist Referral
Susanna Spence
[email protected]

Intern Placements: 5

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Northwest Veterinary Specialists
Chantal Rosa
[email protected]

Intern Placements: 6

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Southfield Veterinary Specialists
Aldara Eiras
[email protected]

Intern Placements: 4

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Vet Specialists Scotland
Ambra Panti
[email protected]

Intern Placements: 2

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Wear Referrals
Liga Maceniene
[email protected]

Intern Placements: 2

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Willows Referral Service
Erika Villedieu
[email protected]

Intern Placements: 6


What is an Internship?

A one-year Rotating Internship offers the opportunity to work within a state-of-the-art referral practice, developing your clinical skills and knowledge by working alongside world-renowned specialists. Following an induction period, interns rotate through the various core and elective disciplines that can include:

  • Internal medicine
  • Soft tissue surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Anaesthesia
  • Emergency and critical care
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Dentistry

A discipline specific internship is a one-year training post in a particular specialism. It’s a chance to significantly develop, both clinically and professionally, by working closely with and learning from specialists and residents in your chosen field. It is usually a bridge between rotating internship and residency posts but is not an essential step in speciality training.

Find out more about Career Pathways

Don't Just Take Our Word For It

“ I decided to apply for an internship at Linnaeus because it is well-known for offering development opportunities across the UK. Day to day, I assist clinicians with duties of care including physical examinations, taking clinical histories of our patients and liaising with their owners. I also provide out of hours care with the support of the team. By working with a multi-disciplinary team, I’ve been able to discuss a variety of clinical cases and approaches with different specialists. It’s very rewarding to learn from a highly skilled veterinary and nursing team.”

Luis Garcia Roldán, Rotating Intern – Eastcott Veterinary Referrals

"I started at Paragon Referrals when it first opened in 2017 and have progressed through the rotating internship and surgical internship to become surgery resident. The broad knowledge gained through my internships has been invaluable and has allowed me to progress to my current position. As an intern you have direct mentoring and support with scientific writing and publishing, active involvement in complex cases and regular in house and external teaching. Having had the opportunity to work with multiple cohorts of our interns it is incredible to see how far their skills and confidence have developed by the end of their internship. Aside from the wealth of clinical expertise, my favourite part of working at Paragon is our team, the people are awesome."

Dan Kenny BVSc CertAVP MRCVS ECVS | Resident in Small Animal Surgery at Paragon Veterinary Referrals

Who can apply for a Rotating Internship at Linnaeus

We are looking for vets who are:

  • Registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (by 31st May 2024)
  • Have 1-2 years' experience in UK small animal practice and have completed RCVS Vet GDP
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Are good team players.

If you require a visa to work in the UK or Ireland, we can assist with this process. Please click here to find out more.


How to apply for one of our programmes?

To apply for one of our Rotating Internship Programmes, please complete the application form.




What does a rotating intern do?

Rotating interns are a vital part of the referral practice team. They assist with diagnostic investigations, surgical procedures and inpatient care. Learning is primarily via case-based teaching as patients are managed within the practice. Interns also attend journal and book clubs to broaden their understanding and foster critical thinking skills. Our Specialists deliver regular seminars so that interns can benefit from more didactic teaching. There are frequent opportunities to give short presentations on a clinical topic, interesting case or research project.

Rotating interns are strongly encouraged to undertake clinical research within the programme, with the aim of publication in a peer-reviewed journal and presentation at an international conference.

Why choose Linnaeus for an internship?

Our rotating internship programmes are structured with a thorough induction, ongoing support and a handbook to help you find your way when you start. You will learn an incredible amount from the cases you see as part of your clinical rotations and regular seminars within the practice.

We also bring our rotating interns together for regular teaching sessions across the group. There’s a programme of clinical reasoning rounds run by our Specialists, professional skills and wellbeing training , our diagnostic imaging specialists also deliver monthly intern imaging rounds and our clinical research team run a yearlong course of monthly research training.

Rotating interns attend an annual training day with clinical seminars and a career development workshop including sessions on writing CVs, covering letters and interview technique.

All rotating interns also receive RECOVER online basic and advanced life support training.

What mentoring and support will I receive on a Linnaeus Internship?

All rotating interns are mentored by a senior member of the veterinary team within the hospital who has received mentor training. Rotating interns have monthly meetings with their mentor based around the internship workbook that guides them in creating a personal development plan and reflection on their progress throughout the programme.

Interns are further supported by the Internship Director in their practice, the Linnaeus Internship and Residency Manager and our central support team who regularly check in with the intern teams during the programme. There is always advice and support available to you.

How can I find out more?

If you are interested in finding out more about our rotating internship programmes, then please contact:

[email protected] – Talent Acquisition Specialist, for general enquiries including application process queries.

Internship directors – for queries regarding a specific hospital's programme


What are the next steps after I apply?

After you submit your application, you can expect to hear back from us within the next few days regarding the progress of your application. If you are selected to move on to the interview stage, we will then discuss potential dates.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact [email protected]