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Veterinary Internship (ECC/Anaesthesia) - Highcroft Referral

Practice Site:
  • Highcroft (Whitchurch Referral)

Highcroft Veterinary Group has grown to become one of the UK's leading veterinary practices. Today the practice has 12 surgeries including a 24-hour state-of-the-art hospital and referral centre where specialist and referral vets see patients referred to them from all over the South West. Highcroft Veterinary Hospital is accredited with the highest practice standard by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and was described by the RCVS Inspector as the best he had ever seen in his time as an inspector.

Emergency and Critical Care/Anaesthesia specific internship – Highcroft Referrals


Discipline Specific Internship Programme

Highcroft Referrals recruiting for the second year of the internship for veterinary surgeons interested in emergency critical care and anaesthesia. We are looking for highly motivated interns committed to practising the highest standards of veterinary medicine and patient care who will relish the opportunity to further their career, improve their knowledge base and technical skills.  Our internship programme aims to nurture the best and brightest Veterinary Surgeons to serve as the foundations and grassroots for future generations as well as prepare them for advanced postgraduate training programmes such as residencies.


The Internship Programme

The internship at Highcroft Referrals is a 12 month fixed-term position.  In this exciting role, you will work under the supervision of and support of specialists in multiple disciplines. 

The four ECC/anaesthesia intern positions will provide a balance of emergency accepting, out-of-hours care and anaesthesia under the supervision of our specialist team. They will work alongside our specialists in oncology, internal medicine, neurology, orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery, anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, ophthalmology and dermatology.


Our ECC/anaesthesia interns will share a 1-in-4 rota on the following basis:

  • One week of daytime emergency case accepting service
  • One week of overnight patient care and emergency accepting service (including weekend)
  • One week off
  • One week of anaesthesia


During these shifts you will be working alongside Registered Veterinary Nurses and will be responsible for patient admission, care of critical referral patients and in-patient assessments in wards with back-up support from clinicians in different disciplines.


Personal specification for application

A proactive, professional approach, positive attitude at all times,  outstanding interpersonal skills, ability to stay calm under pressure, great teamwork skills,  along with a commitment to practising the highest standards of veterinary medicine and patient care is required.

If you think you have these skills and wish to apply for an Internship at Highcroft Veterinary Referrals you must be a qualified Veterinary Surgeon and be eligible for full Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).  Applicants must be an MRCVS by the date the internship starts, and ideally by the date of application and interview.

A minimum of two years experience working as a qualified Veterinary Surgeon in small animal practice in the UK is desirable, and most candidates should have a previous rotating internship in a specialist hospital.


Salary & Benefits

Highcroft Veterinary Referrals provides one of the most exceptional salary and benefits packages available to interns.  In addition to a salary (£31,000 per annum), you will have 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, RCVS and VDS membership, company contributory pension scheme and other company fringe benefits. You will have access to a comprehensive online library, including veterinary and medical journals.


For more information or to discuss more informally please contact:




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Highcroft (Whitchurch Referral)
615 Wells Road, Whitchurch, Bristol, United Kingdom, BS14 9BE
  • Salary:
    £31,000 + Benefits
  • Practice:
    Highcroft Referral
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  • Employment Type:
    Fixed Term Contract
  • Application Closing Date:
    31 August 2020
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