Equine Internships

Find out more about our Pool House Equine Hospital Internships

From April 2023, we are bringing the IVC Equine Internship program into Pool House Equine Hospital. This means we can create great career choices for graduates wanting to enter an Equine career – by joining the Hospital team as an intern.

For those vets embarking on a career as an equine intern, they can expect to work as part of an Equine Hospital team. They would be looking after the in-patients, monitoring the cases during their stay in the Hospital, including their pre-operative, anaesthetic and post-operative care. This would also involve sharing the night duty care of these patients with the rest of the intern team.

Our internships will last two years as a fixed term contract. The first 18 months is spent as a Hospital Intern. During the last six months, our interns can stay as an ambulatory vet at their Hospital practice.

Pool House Equine Hospital employs the intern and the intern has employee rights as stated in their contract. 

Additional benefits for the interns include:

  • Membership of the IVC Evidensia Graduate Academy with associated salary and benefits package
  • In-house CPD, support and mentorship from the specialists, advanced practitioners and certificate holders in your hospital
  • A VetGDP adviser
  • BEVA Membership
  • RCVS Membership renewal fees
  • Attendance at the IVC Evidensia Graduate Academy Congress once during your two years
  • Attendance at BEVA Congress once during your two years
  • Access to 5 of our Fundamentals CPD Programme modules per year on the programme
  • Access to the VetPD Equine General Anaesthesia Course
  • Access to the VetPD Equine Discussion Panel
  • 5 weeks holiday every year, not including bank holidays, plus birthday leave
  • Accommodation is at the discretion of the individual Hospital and should be discussed at interview



Pool House Equine Hospital offers 18 month internships designed to provide a well balanced exposure to equine medicine, reproduction, surgery and diagnostic imaging. The hospital has 13 stables as well as hospital paddocks and field shelters, 1 surgical theatre with dedicated induction/recovery room, standing surgery, 2 examination rooms, two direct digital radiography units, standing MRI, ultrasonography, video endoscopy, video arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and laser surgery. The in house lab includes haematology and microbiology.


  • Period of programme
  • After hours duty
  • Week day duty
  • Weekly JC

Period of programme

Fixed term 18 month position is divided into three 6 month periods, followed by 6 month ambulatory. The second and the third period renewals are conditional on the mutual satisfaction of both the intern and Pool House Equine Clinic.

After hours duty

Weekly and weekend hospital duty on a one in three rotation. Some ambulatory work will be available as required.

Week day duty

Rotations through surgery, inpatient care (including post-operative colics & foals), anaesthesia and diagnostic imaging including MRI. Management and presentation of hospital cases in conjunction with senior clinicians. Twice daily hospital rounds.

Weekly JC

Papers and cases discussion (one morning)

Internship Programme - Daily Planning

From the start of the program interns will be gradually introduced to various procedures by the previous existing interns and clinicians. They will be exposed to techniques in which they are expected to become proficient. This training is supervised by a European College of Veterinary Surgery certified equine surgeon & RCVS recognised Advanced Practitioners & certificate holding clinicians. This includes performing anaesthesia, receiving emergency patients, running laboratory tests, minor surgical procedures and general inpatient management. Working hours are typically 7.30am to 8pm, excluding emergency duties. The intern will receive one day off per weekend on intern duty.

A large out‐of‐hour emergency on‐call commitment is required, as our hospital admits a high number of referral cases including colics. For all surgical cases, the intern in the anaesthesia rota will perform anaesthesia. Together all the interns are responsible for ensuring inpatients receive all necessary treatments (as indicated by senior clinicians) and keeping accurate records of such, performing routine radiography and ultrasonography services.

Inpatient requirements are discussed twice a day during patient rounds. Patient records are an essential part of the functioning of the clinic. The record keeping system will be explained in the introductory period and will be the intern’s responsibility to make sure they are up to date. It is the intern’s duty to communicate with owners under the senior clinician guidance.

The interns are responsible for equipment care (ultrasound and x-ray machines)particularly cleanliness and hygiene, downloading and uploading images onto the main practice system at the end of each working day.

The clinic is affiliated with different Universities so we regularly have students in their final years on rotation here.

Check out Our Promise to Referring Vets here.

To find our more about our intern program or ask any questions, please email equineinfo@poolhousevets.co.uk

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