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Small Animal Rotating Intern

Hamilton Specialist Referrals is a purpose built state-of-the-art veterinary hospital which provides the latest in cutting edge, specialist treatments for cats and dogs, supported by an exceptional rehabilitation and physiotherapy facility. We deliver world-class, exemplary clinical services, with a clear focus on the people that make that a reality.

Hamilton Specialist Referrals was born of the belief that there is room for a new wave of veterinary excellence across the UK. Excellent clinical care, that is second-to-none, delivered in a friendly and supportive manner to referring vets, is paramount to the team. The hospital is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is able to offer the most advanced treatment options available for orthopaedic, neurology, cardiology and soft tissue cases. Facilities include on-site 1.5T MRI and CT scanner suites, a variety of joint replacement systems, electro diagnostics, and a full complement of the latest radiography and arthroscopy equipment.

The role

We are proud to announce that we are now inviting applications for Small Animal Rotating Interns. This role is the perfect opportunity to work collaboratively with clinicians across multiple disciplines and expand your skills, knowledge and experience. We offer a specialist-led internship programme for the duration of 13 months. The role consists of varying shifts to suit the needs of a 24/7/365 hospital, which includes care of in-house patients during out of hours. Active involvement in client communication and patient care is expected, with participation in consults and treatments/surgeries. Our internship offers weekly journal clubs and radiography rounds.

The weekly rotations, include Internal Medicine (plus Oncology), Out of Hours, Surgery (Soft Tissue and Orthopaedics), Neurology and Anaesthesia with time off to perform externships in other referral institutes. Teaching is an essential component of the internship, with weekly scheduled didactic seminars and lectures, M+M rounds which are intern lead, which will augment the clinical experience.  


Candidates wishing to apply must be MRCVS and eligible to work in the UK (Visa sponsorship offered), and it would also be desirable that applicants provide evidence of competency in speaking English, as determined by a formal qualification in English (such as IELTS or TOEFL). Candidates need to be proactive, enthusiastic and a great team player but also be able to use their own initiative and self-motivate. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to multi-task with a flexible approach to working are a must.

Interns will work with their supervising clinician to participate effectively in all aspects of planning, diagnosis and treatment of cases. Animal welfare and the ethics of interventions must be considered by balancing practical and financial factors when determining appropriate patient care. Therefore, the ability to apply prior knowledge and experience to maintain the high clinical standards expected within our hospitals is essential.

Interns will openly engage in case discussions with the senior supervising clinicians, residents and senior nursing team and should contribute to a positive, informative, respectful and inclusive environment for all. Attention to detail, particularly with maintaining accurate records and written correspondence is also a key component of this role.

This post is for a 13-month period, with a start date of 3rd July 2023, or as close as possible.

If you would like to apply, or would like to see a copy of our Rotating Internship Structure & Guidelines, please email your CV and cover letter to careers@hamiltonspecialists.vet by 17th February 2023.

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Small Animal Rotating Intern
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