• Residency Training Programme in Small Animal Internal Medicine

    Location: Highlands Road, Shirley, Solihull Hours: Referrals Practice: Willows Referral Service Salary: Competitive Practice Details Willows Referral Service

Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service is one of the leading small animal referral centres in the UK, having been delivering the highest possible standard of pet healthcare for over 30 years. 

Our aim is to deliver excellence in veterinary care to our patients, in service to our clients and referring vets, in care of our team, and in care of the environment to make a Better World for Pets.

Willows is widely known for the delivery of CPD, and we strongly encourage all our associates to continually develop their skills and knowledge. We employ over 250 associates working as part of an outstanding multi-disciplinary team led by internationally renowned Specialists. Our service teams include Orthopaedics, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Internal Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Oncology, Soft Tissue Surgery, Cardiology, Dermatology, Emergency and Critical Care, Anaesthesia and Analgesia, Diagnostic Imaging and Physiotherapy.

In-patient care is a priority and includes 24-hour veterinary and nursing cover, with support from a team of emergency vets and Interns. Our hospital facilities are of the highest quality, including on-site Siemens 64-slice CT, Siemens 1.5T MRI, two in-theatre mobile image intensifiers, two digital radiography rooms, ultrasonography, electrodiagnostic, video endoscopy and an extensive range of advanced surgical equipment.


Your role and responsibilities

Applications from highly motivated and ambitious colleagues are invited to undertake a Residency Training Programme in Small Animal Internal Medicine, commencing in the autumn of 2022.

Willows Internal Medicine team, comprising six Medicine Specialists, two existing residents and a team of dedicated Medicine Nurses, provides a comprehensive Internal Medicine service to referral patients from across the UK. Willows is a truly multi-disciplinary centre with Specialists across Soft Tissue Surgery, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Orthopaedics, Anaesthesia, Diagnostic Imaging, Clinical Nutrition and Emergency and Client Care (ECC). 

This clinical training position is designed to prepare the successful candidate for the ECVIM-CA examinations. Facilities at Willows are second to none, including:

  • Extensive imaging facilities including 1.5T MRI, 64 slice Siemens CT, Ultrasound, Digital X-ray, and Fluoroscopy
  • A broad range of endoscopic equipment allows flexible video GI endoscopy, video bronchoscopy, flexible video cystoscopy, rigid cystoscopy, rhinoscopy and side-view duodenoscopes for biliary interventions
  • Dedicated intensive care unit with ECC Specialist supervision
  • Dedicated high dependency medicine ward
  • Radioactive iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism and thyroid carcinoma
  • Extensive experience and equipment for Interventional Radiology and Interventional Endoscopy procedure
  • In-house laboratory
  • True multi-disciplinary support for challenging cases
  • Access to further expertise within the Linnaeus network when appropriate, for example access to radiation oncology.

The Internal Medicine team have broad clinical experience with particular interests in Gastroenterology, Clinical Nutrition, Endocrinology, Urology, Haematology, Feline Medicine and Interventional Radiology.

This full-time post will run from November 2022 (precise date to be confirmed) in order to prepare the resident to sit the ECVIM board examinations. There is a shared out-of-hours (OOH) rota with Specialist supervision.

Applicants should be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to practice in the United Kingdom and should have graduated from an institution that has been approved by the European Association of Veterinary Education Establishments (EAVEE). A minimum of one year in primary care practice and completion of a rotating internship or equivalent is mandatory. Thorough knowledge of both conversational and medical English is essential.



  • Highly competitive salary
  • Structured in-house teaching, supervision, and support
  • An unbeatable learning environment
  • Outstanding state-of-the-art purpose-built facilities
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays + Birthday Leave
  • RCVS & VDS fees paid
  • External CPD funded
  • Extensive free online Linnaeus CPD programmes
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Staff discount schemes
  • Enhanced sickness pay
  • Enhanced equal family leave
  • Wellness program including:
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Eyecare voucher scheme
  • Free annual Flu jab
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Recruitment referral reward scheme.

At Linnaeus, we are committed to supporting the physical and mental health of all our Associates. We have an amazing team of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) across our practices and central support office in addition to a confidential Employee Assistance Programme which is available for everyone.


Part of an amazing global family

The future of the veterinary world is at the heart of everything we do. We are all individual but two important things bring us together: a commitment to excellence and our passion to make A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.

Linnaeus is owned by Mars, which makes us part of their 70,000 Veterinary Health Associates who spend their days thinking about the 400 million pets of the world and how to improve their lives. Being part of this amazing global group gives us the benefit of a huge network of experts and specialists, a future we can invest in and the security that allows us to concentrate on what we do best – caring for pets.

Our Associates are fundamental to our success and we are proud to count some of the finest Specialists, veterinary surgeons and nurses in the world among our team.

Being part of the Mars family of businesses provides huge development opportunities across the group for our Associates.



To apply for the position please include a covering letter of intent and your current CV to Tinderjit Khatkar: [email protected] or via post to:

Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, Highlands Road, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 4NH

Interviews for the positions will be held in person between the 10-12th August 2022 

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 1st July 2022

If you would like to find out more about the Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine please contact Andrew Kent, Medicine Residency Programme Director: [email protected] or Mark Dunning, Head of Internal Medicine: [email protected] or call 0121 712 7070.  

Further information is available on our website: www.willows.uk.net

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