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Would you like to work alongside internationally renowned Veterinary Specialists?

Willows is proud to be one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary small animal referral centres. Our state-of-the-art hospital is led by world-renowned Specialists who are working at the leading edge of veterinary medicine and surgery.

Why join Willows?

A one-year Internship at Willows provides an amazing opportunity for learning and personal development and can act as a stepping stone toward small animal residencies and other postgraduate programs both in the UK and overseas.

Willows has a team of ten rotating Interns, with intakes to the programme in January and July each year. The programme lasts 13 months, the first of which consists of four weeks’ extensive induction prior to commencement of the Internship proper.

Interns rotate through a full range of disciplines including: Internal Medicine, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Soft Tissue Surgery, Cardiology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Emergency and Critical Care, Diagnostic Imaging and Anaesthesia. There is daily case-related tuition from Specialists and Residents, in addition to a structured CPD programme. Interns have the opportunity to be involved in a research project leading to publication of a paper in a peer-reviewed journal.

Training under Specialist supervision will be provided covering a wide range of clinical procedures. Interns will also gain experience of the management of a range of medical and surgical cases. Interns will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of anaesthesia, analgesia, and intensive care.

Involvement in Willows Emergency Service is a key part of the program. Working alongside fellow Interns, dedicated OOH vets and a large team of RVNs, each Intern will have direct case responsibility for primary care cases admitted out-of-hours. There is 24-hour back-up support from Specialists and Residents across all referral disciplines.

Our Interns have the benefit of five weeks’ holiday, time off in lieu for any Public Holidays worked, generous CPD funding, paid membership of RCVS and one other professional organisation, and a company pension scheme. 


World leading multi-disciplinary referral centre


34 Specialists across a large range of discipline

Established internship program running for over 12 years


Opportunities to progress to Willows residencies


Primary responsibility for emergency cases




Unbeatable opportunities for personal development

Award winning mentorship and wellbeing program

Join our family

The Role of an Intern

Work alongside Specialists and Residents within Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service

Have primary case responsibility through Willows Emergency Service, working alongside dedicated Out of Hours Vets

Care for critical patients in our ICU, supervised by our Specialist ECC service

Investors in People and

Applying for an Internship

Willows holds the Investors in People Silver award. We remain firmly committed to excellence and to continual improvement in every aspect of what we do, including the ongoing development of our fantastic team of staff.

Candidates must have been qualified for at least one year by the time the Internship commences, and ideally have spent some of this time in primary care practice in the UK. Strong communication skills and an excellent command of written and spoken English are essential.

A positive, friendly attitude and excellent interpersonal skills are of paramount importance, along with a commitment to practising the highest standards of veterinary medicine and patient care.

Mentoring and Support
All interns are mentored by a senior member of the clinical team within the practice who has received mentor training. Rotating interns have monthly meetings with their mentor based around the internship workbook that guides them in the creation of a personal development plan and reflection on their progress throughout the programme.

Interns are further supported by the Internship Director, the Linnaeus Internship and Residency Manager and our Central Support Team who check in with the intern teams regularly during the programme and are available for advice and support.
Join our family

Jo McKendry

“A brilliant opportunity to work alongside a very large, friendly team of Specialists with a varied out of hours and referral caseload.”
April Cheung

“Willows is my first internship, and everyone has made me feel so welcome here! I look forward to working with the different disciplines and further my career in this dynamic hospital.”
Emma Wright

“I have experienced so much in such a short time, and the team have been so friendly and welcoming. I’m very excited for the year ahead.”

Meet our Interns

Natasha Wayne-Wynne

Veterinary Surgeon – Intern

Natasha graduated as a Veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College in July ‘20 and began working in a busy first opinion practice based in South West London, where she stayed for one and half years before joining Willows. Natasha gained experience in a variety of disciplines which allowed her to expand her knowledge and practical skills durring her time there.

She enjoy all aspects of Veterinary medicine and the different challenges that each one brings. Natasha is particularly interested in Soft Tissue Surgery, Neurology and Cardiology, and enjoys the varied diagnostics and work-ups involved in treating more complex cases. She is excited to learn from the Specialists in these areas in the hope of becoming an accomplished and well-rounded clinician in the future.

Natasha is passionate about delivering a gold standard level of care to her patients and is looking forward to the year ahead on as rotating intern at Willows.

In her spare time, she enjoy exercising and has been a keen netball player throughout her time at school and university. She also love travelling and spending as much time with friends and family as possible.
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Michael Cornish

Veterinary Surgeon – Intern

Mike graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017, and he worked in general practice in South London before joing Willows in July ‘22. Mike is interested in internal medicine, particularly feline medicine, and is looking forward to getting involved in the clinical research at Willows.

Mike has a rescue cat, named Penny, and in his spare time, he enjoys cooking, watching old films, gardening and exploring new cities.
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Yolanda Lopez Barroso

Veterinary Surgeon – Intern

Yolanda graduated from the University of Extremadura, Spain in 2013. She then spent four years working with both, small animals and wildlife around the world.

In 2019 Yolanda moved to the North of England where she worked in a busy first opinion practice before going on to complete a surgical internship in a referral practice. She is currently undertaking a Certificate in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Liverpool.

In her free time, she adores being with her family and her two pets, a lovely Greyhound and a sprightly rabbit. Yolanda also enjoys travelling and all forms of outdoor exercise.
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Jinjing He

Veterinary Surgeon – Intern

Jinjing graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2020 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS). She then went on to work in a referral hospital in the Northeast before joining Willows in 2022.

Jinjing enjoys all aspects of Veterinary medicine with a particular interest in Diagnostic Imaging. She is enrolled with the University of Liverpool for a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging.

Jinjing has two rescue cats, Luna and Billie and in her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and exploring nature.
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Annie Mulligan


Veterinary Surgeon – Intern

Annie graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2020 with two degrees; BVMedSci (hons) and BVM BVS (hons). Since graduating and before joining Willows, she has worked in a busy first opinion hospital in Solihull, where she gained a vast amount of experience and practical skills.

Annie hopes that during her time at Willows, she will continue to develop as a well-rounded clinician and be exposed to a variety of disciplines whilst furthering her interests in Anaesthesia and Cardiology.

In her spare time, Annie enjoys spending time with her three cats and a cheeky Bernese Mountain Dog, Murphy, as well as baking and socialising with her family and friends.
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Kayal Patel


Veterinary Surgeon – Intern

Kayal graduated from the University of Nottingham in July 2020 and began working in a first opinion practice in north west Manchester before joining the team at Willows in January 2023. During his time at university and in practice, he has developed a keen interest in ophthalmology and is looking forward to furthering his skillset in this area whilst at Willows.

Kayal has a goldendoodle named Elton and in his spare time, he enjoys exercising and is a keen golfer. Kayal also enjoys both playing and following football.
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Elena Vargas

Veterinary Surgeon – Intern

Elena Graduated from the University of Zaragoza, Spain in 2015. Having completed a small animal rotating internship at Universidad Católica de Valencia, Spain and a post degree in Small animal Diagnostic Imaging (NeoAnimalia), Elena has worked as a veterinary surgeon at a number of Primary Care hospitals in both Spain and the UK.

Elena has a particular interest in Diagnostic Imaging and is keen to undertake further training in the future to become a Specialist in this area.

Elena has an adopted cat called Harry and in her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking and cycling. She is also a fan of Rugby and enjoys the Six Nations.
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Thomas Heaselgrave


Veterinary Surgeon – Intern

Tom studied Veterinary medicine at the University of Nottingham, achieving two degrees BVMedSci(hons) and BVM BVS(hons) MRCVS during his time there.

Since graduating, Tom has worked in a busy small animal hosptial in Dudley where he gained great exposure to surgery and emergency cases. Tom has a keen interest in Neurology and orthopaedics, and is hoping to pursue this interest following his rotating internship at Willows.

In his spare time Tom is in a band and enjoys playing regular gigs around the Nottingham area.
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If you would like to discuss the internship program further before applying please contact our Internship Director Erika Villedieu on erika.villedieu@willows.uk.net, or email careers@willows.uk.net.