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. The career opportunities are endless.


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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.

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What does an intern do?

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. Regular seminars are delivered by our specialists 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.

Interns are strongly encouraged to undertake clinical research within rotating or discipline-specific programmes, with the aim of publication in a peer-reviewed journal and presentation at an international conference.

This is supervised by a senior member of the clinical team with support from our Clinical Research Leads and the Linnaeus Clinical Research and Excellence Director. There is a strong ethos of research collaboration across the group with over 500 active research projects in 2020.

Why should you choose a Linnaeus 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 interns together for regular teaching sessions across the group. There’s a programme of professional skills and wellbeing training delivered by experts, including Carolyne Crowe from VDS Training and specialists from within Linnaeus. Our diagnostic imaging specialists also deliver monthly intern imaging rounds and from the start of 2022 all interns will attend a year-long research skills course.

Interns attend an annual training day with clinical seminars, professional skills and wellbeing sessions and a career development workshop including sessions on writing CVs, covering letters and interview techniques.

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

Our discipline-specific interns are also given professional skills and clinical research training and have access to a number of journal and book clubs that run via online sessions across the group. We also run a session on “How to get a Residency" and give our interns the opportunity to have mock interviews.


Mentoring and support

All interns are mentored by a senior member of the clinical team within the practice who has received mentor training. Rotating interns have monthly meetings with their mentor based around the internship workbook that guides them in the creation of 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 check in with the intern teams regularly during the programme and are available for advice and support.

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How will you benefit?

We are passionate about enabling you to develop yourself and your career. A high percentage of our previous interns have progressed into discipline-specific internships and residencies. There are so many opportunities to progress into residency training 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 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?

We recruit for interns throughout the year. All roles are advertised via our website and our LinkedIn page. More information on our internship programmes is also available from the practice websites or the Linnaeus Internship and Residency ManagerThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hear what some of our interns have to say about our programmes:

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Naomi Van Hecke
Linnaeus Internship Programme

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Valentina Granziero
Linnaeus Internship Programme


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If you would like to express your interest in a rotating or discipline-specific internship, please complete the form below and upload your CV. You will be asked to specify which practice(s) and discipline (for discipline-specific programmes) you are interested in.

Please note this is not an application for a particular role but is an opportunity for you to express your interest so that we can contact you should an opportunity become available outside of our normal application process.

We are looking for vets who are:

  • Registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (by 1 October 2021)
  • Have 1-2 years' experience in UK small animal practice
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Are good team players
  • Have completed a rotating internship if applying for a discipline specific internship.

If you require a visa to work in the UK or Ireland, we can assist with this process.

Please review the Home Office information on visa requirements including the section on knowledge of English noting the approved providers of English tests.

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