Taught course

Internship - Production Animal (PGDipVCP)

Royal Veterinary College · Royal Veterinary College

Entry requirements

You must be eligible for (and must pay and organise yourself) Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Applicants must be an MRCVS by the date the internship starts, and ideally by the date of application and interview.

A minimum of twelve months experience as a qualified veterinary surgeon in small animal practice in the UK is desirable. Exceptional new graduates will be considered, though grades and references must indicate they you are likely to graduate, and you must have received confirmation of passing your finals in good time prior to start date of the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The Internships are designed for qualified veterinary surgeons who wish to specialise in farm animal health and production.

The Production Animal Internship programme typically lasts one year and normally commences at the start of July each year. The internship is coupled with a post graduate diploma in Veterinary Clinical Practice (PGDip VCP) and the successful applicant will be automatically enrolled in the course. The internship will be based in designated farms off campus.

A successfully completed internship may also be a requirement for those intending to pursue further training on a European College Residency program.

The programme is designed for highly motivated recent veterinary graduates (typically less that 5 years) who wish to expand their knowledge, skills and experience in all aspects of farm animal and production. It is a suitable foundation (and often necessary step) for you if you wish to pursue specialist training in a specific discipline (Clinical Training Residency), and also provides excellent training for those wishing to return to general practice.

Start date: 9th July 2018 for one year completing in July 2019. Closing date for applications: 14th January 2018 via the RVC website.

Visit our website for Further Information

Information for international students

You must be able to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing. If English is not your first language you must take an IELTS test. We require 7.5 in IELTS with no element below 7.0.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

As a Clinical Training Intern your academic fees will be paid by the department that you are working in.

You will also receive a tax-free stipend to cover your living expenses which will be paid monthly.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations20
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Professional practice40
Dissertation (0 words)
Case report (1500 words)20

Course contact details

Graduate school
44 (0)20 7468 5154