Vet on surgical internship programme assisting clinician in surgery

Internship programmes

Recruiting now for positions on our internship programmes throughout 2024

Fitzpatrick Referrals’ internship positions are available at our world-class referral centre near Godalming in Surrey, specialising in orthopaedics and neurology. We provide truly exceptional veterinary care and management options which we believe is what our patients and clients deserve. Interns are pivotal in our care team and will undertake supervised rotation through each site-specific discipline during a 12-month period together with a structured teaching programme.

Internship candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Membership of The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS)
  • Good written and spoken English – have passed the RCVS English language test (IELTS Indicator test)
  • Focus and determination
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong references
  • Two years postgraduate experience in small animal practice or completion of a rotating internship
  • Exceptional new graduates may be considered

Interns are expected to play a key role within the clinical care team; having daily involvement in routine and cutting-edge surgery. A structured programme of teaching including presentations, and seminars help augment clinical learning.

A vet on our surgical internship programme in theatre assisting specialist with surgery

A veterinary surgeon on our surgical internship programme in surgery with Senior Surgeon in Orthopaedics Dr Jan Janovec at Fitzpatrick Referrals.

Fitzpatrick Referrals referral centre offers modern surgical suites with advanced equipment for orthopaedic and neurological surgery. These are supported by digital radiology and advanced imaging suites with CT and MRI scanners. Full-featured anaesthetic monitoring equipment including ECG, pulse oximetry, non-invasive blood pressure, and capnography complement the surgical theatres. A state-of-the-art kinetic and kinematic laboratory allows objective pre and postoperative gait analysis. Physical rehabilitation facilities include a dedicated physiotherapy area and large hydrotherapy centre with a swimming pool and underwater treadmill. An in-house diagnostic laboratory and advanced therapeutics are also available to further increase the quality of care to our patients.

Fitzpatrick Referrals internship programmes will help form an excellent foundation platform for further career progression, including application for potential residencies. For more than a decade we have a proven track record for helping interns achieve residency positions and become boarded surgeons.

Accommodation can be provided (if available) and remuneration includes a competitive salary, 30 days holiday including bank holidays, RCVS registration, VDS membership, three days of funded CPD, pension scheme, health cash plan, an employee assistance programme and an onsite gym.

Internship programmes

Fitzpatrick Referrals Orthopaedics and Neurology, Eashing, Surrey

Apply now

Applications for internship positions are now open and are advertised on our careers page. To express interest in the programme, please send a CV and letter of intent to [email protected].


The practice is located in the southwest of Surrey, just outside the historic market town of Godalming, close to Guildford and the beautiful Surrey Hills with excellent travel links to London which is 40 minutes away by train.

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Past interns share their experiences.

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