Hospital Internship October 2021

We are seeking a motivated hard working graduate vet looking to fast track their career. The clinic is an RCVS-accredited Tier 3 Equine Hospital in South West Wales, the only one of its type in Wales. Situated on the edge of a coastal National Park and area of outstanding natural beauty, the practice provides ambulatory services to Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, south Ceredigion, Swansea and the Vale of Glamorgan. It also provides a referral service for emergency surgery and intensive care, and all elective internal medicine, orthopaedic and surgical cases. Cotts provides veterinary cover for nearby Ffos Las racecourse.

The practice currently employs 17 full time veterinary surgeons including 2 board-certified specialists, one in surgery and one in internal medicine. Interns live on site and work a 1 in 2 out-of-hours rota. We also provide regular in-house training seminars and fund 5 days of external CPD. The aim is that after 12 months our interns are equipped with the skills and experience required to work competently in first line equine practice, or pursue further specialist training. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and close team. Further details about the practice, staff and facilities can to be found elsewhere on this website.

Please get in touch for an informal chat for further information, speaking to Richard or Shaun, or email for their attention to our manager at Applications should include your current CV with recent photograph and letter of intent. Candidates may also provide supplementary letters of recommendation or any other information they feel pertinent.

Having applied we will contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time to set up an online meeting and/or visit in person. Two references should be supplied with your CV, but they will only be contacted after interview and with your specific go-ahead.

Cotts is an equal opportunity employer and we pay our interns a generous package in line with UK new graduate vet’s wages. British and European Union graduates are encouraged along with overseas vets already in the UK. Applicants living outside this area without membership of the RCVS should be aware that legal changes following Brexit, coupled with Covid, make it practically impossible for us to consider your application at the current time.

Application Form

Confidentiality Agreement

Students Seeing Practice

Hospital Externship

This 2 week placement is offered to 4th and Final year veterinary students upon successful application. It is ideally suited to those wishing to pursue a career in equine medicine or surgery. Students seeing practice do not need any previous experience with horses, but you should advise staff members if you do not have experience. The caseload we carry will enhance the individual’s clinical competency, diagnostic and communication skills.

The externship offers an opportunity to take an active role in the routine work up and examination of both first opinion and referral cases, to observe surgeons in diagnostic and therapeutic care of hospital cases and out patients.

Workload is very variable and the time of year also has a significant effect. We tend to be quieter between November and February, whilst the longer days of early spring and summer can be extremely hectic. The type of cases also varies with the time of year. Spring and early summer tends to involve a lot of reproductive work, both routine and emergency. Lameness tends to increase during the summer months as horses are worked more. Colics are seen year round, with peaks in early summer and autumn.

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.

Accommodation is provided at a fee of £30 per week, covering utility costs etc.

Your accommodation is onsite within the Intern house with use of the Intern’s kitchen and bathroom. There is a garage and shop just 0.5 miles away, the local town is 2 miles away, and the nearest supermarket is a 15 minute drive. It would be useful to you to have your own car during your stay.

Please download and complete the application form and confidentiality agreement and email to

Applications should include your current CV with recent photograph and a short letter explaining why you would like to complete the Externship.

Application Form

Confidentiality Agreement

Ambulatory Students

This is an opportunity to spend 1 or 2 weeks with our Pembrokeshire  Ambulatory Vets.  Our road vets serve a wide and varied population of clients and this placement gives students the opportunity to experience all aspects of first opinion veterinary care. You must be in your last 2 years of clinical training.

Routine hours are 8.30am – 5.30pm although finishing times can vary depending upon emergencies etc. Dress code is practical but tidy with sensible footwear and wet weather gear.

Accommodation is not provided however we can provide you with a list of local B&B’s

Early application is advised to avoid disappointment.

Please download and complete the application form and confidentiality agreement and email to

Applications should include your current CV with recent photograph and a short letter explaining why you would like to have the opportunity of undertaking your EMS with Cotts Equine.

Application Form

Confidentiality Agreement