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Welcome to Cotts Equine Hospital In our purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities we offer the highest standard of veterinary care, providing both ambulatory first-opinion and referral services 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Graham Fowke and John Edwards founded Cotts Equine Hospital in October 2005, as a new exclusively equine practice based near Narberth in West Wales. The late Professor Barrie Edwards opened our purpose-built hospital in March 2008 and in February 2010 we became Wales’ first and currently only RCVS-accredited Equine Hospital.

Our team has immense experience in the various disciplines of equine practice with two board-certified specialists and 3 RCVS Certificate holders. Our investment has made us Wales’ premier equine referral centre, catering for all equine veterinary needs. Our diverse client-base ranges from happy hackers, local riding club horses and ponies, donkeys and hunters, to top-class racehorses, international showjumpers, dressage horses and HOYS-winning showhorses.

Hospital Externship 

This 2 week placement is offered to Final year veterinary students upon successful application. It is ideally suited to those wishing to pursue a career in equine medicine or surgery. Accommodation is provided at a fee of £30 for the 2 weeks, covering utility costs etc.  Payment will secure your placement, cheques are to be made payable to Cotts Equine Hospital, or alternatively payment can be made over the phone by credit/debit card.

The externship offers an opportunity to take an active role in the routine work up and examination of both first opinion and referral cases.

Normal working hours are between 8am and 5.30pm, with morning rounds at 9am. You will be expected to assist with any emergency admissions within the hospital and to help the duty staff with routine checks, treatments, and intensive care of in-patients (Including the weekend at the end of your first week). 

We ask that you arrive on the Sunday before your externship and vacate by the Saturday lunchtime. Dress code is to be practical but tidy (boiler suit or trousers and polo/shirt) with sensible footwear and wet weather gear. Scrubs and theatre wear are provided, you may find it useful to have your own stethoscope.

Your accommodation is onsite within ‘Stocks Cottage’; the room is en-suite with basic cooking facilities; kettle, microwave and toaster.

There is a garage and shop just 0.5 miles away, the local town is 2 miles away, and the nearest supermarket is a 15minute drive. It would be useful to you to have your own car during your stay.

At the end of the 2 weeks, we ask that you clean your room, remove the bed sheets and put them to wash and dry ready for the next extern to arrive. 

Please complete the application form below and return to us along with an up to date CV and short letter explaining why you would like to complete the externship.

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Ambulatory Students

This is an opportunity to spend 1 or 2weeks with our Pembrokeshire Ambulatory Vets. You must be in your last 2 years of clinical training. Accommodation is not provided however we can provide you with a list of local B & B’s.

Routine working hours are 8.30am-5.30pm although finishing times can very depending upon emergencies etc. Dress code is practical but tidy with sensible foot wear and wet weather gear, you are strongly advised to bring lunch with you.

The road vets serve a wide and varied population of clients and horses from Leisure ponies, to Studs, racehorses and competition horses. 

Early application is advised to avoid disappointment. 

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