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Equine Hospital Internship

Pool House Equine Hospital
Lichfield, Staffordshire
Competitive Salary
Closing date
7 May 2024
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Equine, Hospital, Veterinary
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Fixed Term
Full Time

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Exciting Opportunity to Embark on a Career as an Equine Intern

As an intern, you will 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 internship programme lasts two years as a fixed-term contract. The first 18 months is spent as a Hospital Intern. During the last six months, our interns stay as an ambulatory vet.

Advanced Facilities to Advance Your Future 

Pool House Equine Hospital is located in Lichfield to the Northeast of Birmingham we are an associate teaching practice for Nottingham University. We are very lucky to have a purpose-built hospital composed of 4 operating theatres (two standing including a specific dental theatre and two full theatres including a colic theatre). We are equipped with four digital radiography systems, ultrasounds and standing MRI. There is stabling for up to 30 horses. We look after a varied horse population including general riding and companion horses/ponies, sport horses and racehorse training yards. The clinic has easy access to the motorway network, two main line railway stations and Birmingham International Airport. 

The team includes more than 15 experienced veterinary surgeons including 5 European and American Diplomates, experienced ambulatory vets and 5 residents. The team is supported by a reception and accounts team, three RVNs, technicians and yard staff. 

We have a good medical and surgical caseload including elective and emergencies (i.e., colic surgery).

Hours aimed to achieve a work-life balance

This is a full-time position, working hours are typically 7.30am to 8pm, excluding emergency duties. You 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.

What You’ll Need

Applicants should have a strong and demonstrable interest in equine. Candidates must be members of the RCVS. Candidates must have excellent spoken written English and good communication skills. 

Because Our Employees Matter

We recognise that our people are fundamental to the success of our business. Investing in our people, premises and processes is at the heart of what we do. In addition to a competitive salary and a relocation allowance of up to £5000, you will benefit from –

Work life balance

  • 6.6 weeks holiday entitlement 
  • Your birthday as a paid day off


  • Private medical insurance
  • Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Initiatives focused on employee wellbeing
  • Non-accidental injury support


  • 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
  • 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
  • Infection Prevention and Control Programme
  • Quality Improvement Programme

Professional Memberships

  • BEVA membership
  • VDS cover
  • RCVS fees


  • Pawsome Benefits – reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with 100’s of retailers
  • Pension – 5% Employee/3% Employer
  • Discounted staff pet care
  • Relocation allowance of £5000


As a BAME and LGBTQ+ inclusive employer, we are keen to hear from candidates from all minority and diverse groups. As a Disability Confident Employer, we are keen to hear from candidates with disabilities and long-term health conditions and would be happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments needed during the recruitment process.

How to apply for this position

For more information please call Ryan Powell on the number provided.

If this position is of interest to you, please submit your CV, Cover Letter, and two professional references by clicking the Apply now button.


In September of 2004, Pool House Veterinary Group acquired the farm and the surrounding 12 acres of land. After receiving planning consent from Lichfield District Council, work commenced in the October to create a modern clinic dedicated exclusively to the care of horses. The clinic now has a staff of 18 full time equine veterinary surgeons – 15 of whom have post graduate qualifications in equine related disciplines including one with a European Diploma in Equine surgery and one with a European Diploma in Equine Dentistry.

On the 24th July 2018, HRH The Prince of Wales opened our new Equine Clinic. It is equipped with two operating theatres, a large preparation area including two DR digital X ray processing systems, two examination rooms, a radiography room, a specifically designed dental theatre, an ultrasound room, two intensive care stables, a seminar room, as well as many other facilities. There is stabling for up to 30 horses. Pool House is the largest equine practice in the midlands; approximately 14,500 visits are made every year. All classes of horse are cared for, including a number of local racehorse training yards. We are also proud of our partnership with Hallmarq UK to provide an MRI service called Midland’s Equine Referrals (MER). Other equipment includes two mobile X-ray machines, six 7.5 MHz linear ultrasound scanners (including three ‘Titan’ units and two micromax scanners), laser surgery, cryosurgery unit, arthroscope, shock wave machine, 3m digital gastroscope, laparoscopy and two 1.4m fibreoptic endoscopes. We have a small in house laboratory. The practice also provides Veterinary cover to Uttoxeter, Aintree and Wolverhampton racecourses. The Equine Clinic is supported by 14 office/secretarial staff and five grooms and two Registered Veterinary nurses. Other staff from our Lichfield hospital help as required.

The equine veterinary team consists of 18 full time vets. We have a European Diplomat in Equine Surgery who is in charge of the surgical services. One of our vets is also a qualified member of BAEDT and holds the new RCVS Cert AVP in Equine Dentistry and European Diploma in Equine Dentistry. There are SEVEN other RCVS certificate holders. Three of our vets are RCVS recognised advanced practitioners.

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