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Equine Internship 2024

Are you looking to fast track your career in equine veterinary practice? You want to be fully prepared for life as an equine vet, and want to be appreciated and nurtured? Then read on: our friendly close-knit tier 3 equine hospital team is seeking a graduate to work with us for 12-months, starting in May 2024.

We aim to help you develop all the skills you need to be a well-balanced, competent and safe set of hands in your future career, with particular focus on RCVS day 1 skills. Benefits include:

  • Structured training, one-to-one training and lots of hands-on practise in:

  • Horse handling, drug dispensing, communication skills

  • General anaesthesia, sedation methods, diagnostic local analgesic techniques including regional nerve blocks, intra-articular injections and epidural anaesthesia

  • Patient care, including clinical examination, supply of medications, fluid therapy, nasogastric intubation, rectal examination, bandaging technique, basic foot trimming and shoe removal

  • Diagnostic tests, including routine blood laboratory work and respiratory cytology, taking radiographs, basic ultrasound technique including clinic-based seasonal fertility scanning

  • Opportunity for scrubbing in to surgery both in- and out-of-hours, some fully-supported simple ambulatory calls in the second half of the internship, as well as opportunities and support for clinical research

  • No stress trying to find somewhere to rent. Accommodation is provided on site with a locked room in the restored original Cotts' farmhouse with heating, electricity, broadband internet and council tax included (no bills). Private lounge (shared with the other intern), TV, woodburning stove, well-appointed kitchen, personal fridge-freezer, shared washing machine and drier. Use of a car and fuel for local use in and around Pembrokeshire. A dedicated on-duty telephone

  • A starting salary package of £30,000, with benefits including private health care, pension, RCVS annual retention fee, professional indemnity insurance, £1000 of paid CPD over up to 5 days, 21 days paid holidays, fully funded 12-month working visa for EU graduates, cycle to work scheme.

  • Have sufficient work life balance to enjoy living and working in an area of outstanding natural beauty, where most people can only come on holiday! Plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities including horse riding, walking, cycling, climbing, surfing, coasteering, kayaking, sailing, photography, drawing and painting, running. The list is endless!

Who we are: Cotts is an RCVS-accredited Equine Hospital in South West Wales, the only one of its type in Wales and located in "the California of the Great Britain". Further details about us and the position can be found on our website,

Application process: For informal enquiries please email for the attention of Richard Coomer, Formal applications should include your current CV with letter of intent, also marked for the attention of Richard Coomer to Two references should be supplied and candidates may also provide supplementary letters of recommendation or any other information they feel pertinent. We will then contact you to arrange a zoom meeting, followed by a mutually convenient time to see practice, during which time you will also be interviewed.

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