Taught course

Internship - Small 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 scholarship 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 RVC Clinical Training Internship is a world-renowned rotating internship programme for veterinary surgeons. It is based at Queen Mother Hospital for Animals the referral teaching hospital of the RVC based in Hawkshead campus, Hertfordshire.

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 small animal practice, working under supervision in a multi-disciplinary referral hospital, and participating in the provision of an emergency out of hours service.

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: 18th June 2018, and will run for 54 weeks.

Closing date: 14th January 2018.

Please apply via Small Animal Internship - How to Apply

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