Hospital Internship 2021

We are seeking a graduate for our 12 month equine internship programme, starting July 2020. The clinic is an RCVS-accredited Tier 3 Equine Hospital in South West Wales, the only one of its type in Wales. Situated on the edge of a coastal National Park and area of outstanding natural beauty, the practice provides ambulatory services to Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, south Ceredigion, Swansea and the Vale of Glamorgan. It also provides a referral service for emergency surgery and intensive care, and all elective internal medicine, orthopaedic and surgical cases. Cotts provides veterinary cover for nearby Ffos Las racecourse.

The practice currently employs 13 full time veterinary surgeons including 2 board-certified specialists, one in surgery and one in internal medicine. Interns live on site and work a 1 in 2 out-of-hours rota. We also provide regular in-house training seminars and fund 5 days of external CPD. The aim is that after 12 months our interns are equipped with the skills and experience required to work competently in first line equine practice, or pursue further specialist training. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and close team. Further details about the practice, staff and facilities can to be found on our website.

Interns work under the supervision and direction of full time vets at Cotts Farm and are given considerable and increasing responsibility for inpatients within the clinic, but do not bear direct responsibility to the client for these cases. Working with this considerable safety net allows young vets to increase their knowledge and experience safely.

Cotts aims to foster these skills and experience partly through increasing responsibility, through intern seminars and other formal learning, and through increasing ‘solo’ exposure to first opinion cases culminating in the final 6 months on the primary practice out-of-hours rota.

We always ask for potential candidates to come and see practice with us, preferably for 2 weeks.   We like to take this opportunity to meet you, work with you and get to know you as a person. Someone who wants to learn and is happy to get involved with all stages of the process is ideal – from helping hold horses, cleaning and scrubbing into surgery.

Please download and complete the application form and confidentiality agreement, and email to

Applications should include your current CV with recent photograph and letter of intent.

Two references should be supplied and candidates may also provide supplementary letters of recommendation or any other information they feel pertinent. We will then contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time to see practice, during which time you will also be interviewed.

Application Form

Confidentiality Agreement

Students Seeing Practice

Hospital Externship

This 2 week placement is offered to 4th and Final year veterinary students upon successful application. It is ideally suited to those wishing to pursue a career in equine medicine or surgery. Students seeing practice do not need any previous experience with horses, but you should advise staff members if you do not have experience. The caseload we carry will enhance the individual’s clinical competency, diagnostic and communication skills.

The externship offers an opportunity to take an active role in the routine work up and examination of both first opinion and referral cases, to observe surgeons in diagnostic and therapeutic care of hospital cases and out patients.

Workload is very variable and the time of year also has a significant effect. We tend to be quieter between November and February, whilst the longer days of early spring and summer can be extremely hectic. The type of cases also varies with the time of year. Spring and early summer tends to involve a lot of reproductive work, both routine and emergency. Lameness tends to increase during the summer months as horses are worked more. Colics are seen year round, with peaks in early summer and autumn.

Normal working hours are between 8am and 5.30pm, with morning rounds at 9am. You will be expected to assist with any emergency admissions within the hospital and to help the duty staff with routine checks, treatments, and intensive care of in-patients (including the weekend at the end of your first week).

We ask that you arrive on the Sunday before your externship and vacate by the Saturday lunchtime. Dress code is to be practical but tidy (boiler suit or trousers and polo/shirt) with sensible footwear and wet weather gear. Scrubs and theatre wear are provided; you may find it useful to have your own stethoscope.

Accommodation is provided at a fee of £30 per week, covering utility costs etc.

Your accommodation is onsite within the Intern house with use of the Intern’s kitchen and bathroom. There is a garage and shop just 0.5 miles away, the local town is 2 miles away, and the nearest supermarket is a 15 minute drive. It would be useful to you to have your own car during your stay.

Please download and complete the application form and confidentiality agreement and email to

Applications should include your current CV with recent photograph and a short letter explaining why you would like to complete the Externship.

Application Form

Confidentiality Agreement

Ambulatory Students

This is an opportunity to spend 1 or 2 weeks with our Pembrokeshire  Ambulatory Vets.  Our road vets serve a wide and varied population of clients and this placement gives students the opportunity to experience all aspects of first opinion veterinary care. You must be in your last 2 years of clinical training.

Routine hours are 8.30am – 5.30pm although finishing times can vary depending upon emergencies etc. Dress code is practical but tidy with sensible footwear and wet weather gear.

Accommodation is not provided however we can provide you with a list of local B&B’s

Early application is advised to avoid disappointment.

Please download and complete the application form and confidentiality agreement and email to

Applications should include your current CV with recent photograph and a short letter explaining why you would like to have the opportunity of undertaking your EMS with Cotts Equine.

Application Form

Confidentiality Agreement