January 2023 Applications Now Open


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.”

If you would like to discuss the internship program further before applying please contact our Internship Director Will Robinson on will.robinson@willows.uk.net, or email careers@willows.uk.net.