Ophthalmology Internship at Davies Veterinary Specialists (Hertfordshire, UK)

“Ophthalmology Intern at Davies Veterinary Specialists

Salary: £36,000

Location: Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire border

Job Type: 1-year fixed term

Your role and responsibilities

We are now offering an exciting opportunity to join our friendly Ophthalmology Team as an Ophthalmology intern. Over the year of this position, you will be an integral part of the experienced Ophthalmology team here at Davies working closely with your colleagues, the other vets throughout the other disciplines, highly skilled nurses and incredible support teams. Our fantastic facilities include two dedicated Ophthalmology-specific consult rooms, five operating theatres including a dedicated Ophthalmology theatre equipped with a Zeiss OPMI Lumera i operating microscope and a WhiteStar Signature phacoemulsification unit. In addition, we have a recently redeveloped on-site imaging suite with state-of-the-art Samsung RS85 ultrasound machines, a Siemens 1.5T MRI scanner and a Siemens 64-slice CT scanner.

The ideal candidate will have completed a rotating internship, loves to work within a team, and obviously has a passion for all things Ophthalmology! Some experience in the management ophthalmology cases is essential, as is being personable with a good sense of humour. Further qualifications, such as post-graduate certification, would be desirable but not a requirement. We pride ourselves on being a supportive and friendly team and as a proactive member you will be keen to provide a service of the highest possible standards in a busy, stimulating and supportive environment.

Your responsibilities will be to work alongside the clinicians and nursing team to provide care for our in- and out-patients on a daily basis, including consultations, client communication, surgeries and anaesthesia. Ongoing education is supported through journal club meetings and hospital rounds where you would be expected to actively participate. Weekend cover is based on a shared rota with other clinicians assuring a healthy work-life balance.

Davies Veterinary Specialists has a very significant track-record of colleagues who have completed internships and gone on to complete residency programmes both at Davies and beyond over the last 25 years. Applicants must also hold, or be eligible for, membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.


  • 5 weeks holiday + bank holidays + Birthday Leave
  • RCVS & VDS fees paid
  • External CPD funded
  • Extensive free online Linnaeus CPD program
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Staff discount schemes
  • Life Assurance
  • Enhanced sickness pay
  • Enhanced equal family leave
  • E-car salary sacrifice scheme
  • Employer contribution pension scheme
  • Wellness program including:
    • Employee assistance program
    • Eyecare voucher scheme
    • Free annual Flu jab
    • Cycle to work scheme
  • Recruitment referral reward scheme 

About us

Davies Veterinary Specialists is one of the largest and most diverse small animal referral hospitals in Europe. We are based in Hertfordshire, and our practice is home to over 200 dedicated, experienced and passionate veterinary specialists, nurses and support teams. Our promise is to deliver outstanding care to all patients, whilst committing to being a gold standard sustainable place to work. We are a friendly, welcoming practice that leads the way in multi-specialist care. Set in a pleasant rural location, but just a 40-minute train ride to the cultural delights and nightlife of London, Davies offers a good work- life balance with plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings.

Part of an amazing global family

The future of the veterinary world is at the heart of everything we do. We are all individuals, but two important things bring us together: a commitment to excellence and our passion to make A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.

We are part of Linnaeus that is owned by Mars, which makes us part of their 70,000 Veterinary Health Associates who spend their days thinking about the 400 million pets of the world and how to improve their lives. Being part of this amazing global group gives us the benefit of a huge network of experts and specialists, a future we can invest in and the security that allows us to concentrate on what we do best – caring for pets.

Our Associates are fundamental to our success, and we are proud to count some of the finest specialists, veterinary surgeons and nurses in the UK among our team.

Being part of the Mars family of businesses provides huge development opportunities across the group for our Associates.

Making an application

For informal enquiries, please contact Ioannis Tzouganakis, senior ophthalmologist at Davies Veterinary Specialists at

Please submit a recent CV and letter of intent to Ophelia Hinds at

The closing date for this post is 18th January 2023.

We look forward to hearing from you”

*.docx: Job Advert Template – Clinical – Davies Ophthalmology Position 2023

Recordings of BrAVO Winter Meeting 2022 – Linking Disciplines

Thanks to everyone who attended our Winter meeting, it was great to see so many of you! For those who who were unable to attend, we are pleased to offer recordings of the whole event at a discounted price of £300. The recordings will remain online until 23rd March 2023.

You need to be a BrAVO member to purchase these. Once purchased via the link below, you will be sent the link and password to watch the lectures online. For those who haven’t subscribed yet for BrAVO membership this year, there is the option to buy this at the same time as accessing the recordings.

BrAVO Members: Access to Winter Meeting 2022 – £300
Non-Members: Access to Winter Meeting 2022 & Annual BrAVO Membership – £345

Deadline for purchasing the recordings is 1st March 2023, 10:00pm GMT.

Residency-Trained or Specialist Ophthalmologist Required at Paragon Referrals (Yorkshire, UK)

“We are looking for a residency trained or specialist ophthalmologist to join our team of ophthalmologists, including 1 diplomat, 1 advanced practitioner and a resident.

You will be working in our specialist-led multi-disciplinary hospital to provide the highest quality care to patients. We are looking for someone on a full-time or part-time basis with a passion for delivering first class treatment. We are proud to develop talent within our own team, including interns and residents and you’ll have the opportunity to support and lead the next generation of specialists within this role.

You will be an experienced clinical ophthalmologist with the ability to hit the ground running in terms of seeing cases, the ability to work as part of a team and individually with excellent communication skills.”

*.pdf: Ophthalmologist Paragon. pdf (1)

Ophthalmology Internships at Optivet Referrals (Hampshire, UK)

“Ophthalmology Internships – 2 positions available

Optivet Referrals is currently looking for 2 ophthalmology interns, to start in May/June 2023. The ideal candidates are veterinary surgeons with a strong interest in ophthalmology.  The candidates ideally will have some previous experience in general practice in UK.

Optivet Referrals is one of the leading Veterinary Ophthalmology hospitals in the UK, with state-of-the-art facilities, that is rapidly expanding and accepts referral surgical and medical cases apart from ophthalmology referrals. The Anaesthesia and Analgesia team consists of a senior anaesthetist (Diplomate ACVAA and ECVAA), another anaesthetist with the ECVAA residency completed and an Anaesthesia Resident. The rest of the team includes an ECVS diplomate Surgeon, 2 Surgeon certificate holders, 2 Internal Medicine clincians, 4 Ophthalmology specialists, 3 Ophthalmology certificate holders, 2 Ophthalmology resident and 6 ophthalmology interns.

The ophthalmology caseload includes a wide variety of cases, both medical and surgical (uveitis, cataracts, glaucoma, corneal ulcers and grafts, entropion, face lifts, enucleations, etc..), including some very advanced ophthalmology surgeries such as glaucoma surgery (endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation and gonio implant) and retinopexy and retinal reattachment surgery. The rest of the caseload includes orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeries, medicine procedures (E.g. endoscopies, bronchoscopies, biopsies) and computed tomography cases (both inpatients and outpatients). The majority of the patients are dogs and cats (95%), and the remainder are exotics.

The responsibilities of the interns will be to support the veterinary team and the nursing team in the care of all patients. The ophthalmology intern will be expected to contribute to the care of ophthalmology in-patients, to help in consults, surgery and anaesthesia, and to provide out-of-hours service. The Ophthalmology team hold weekly Journal club meetings, which the interns are expected to attend. The whole Optivet team holds monthly grand rounds and mortality/morbidity rounds, where the interns will be expected to present at least once.

The internship will have a duration of 12 months. A competitive and attractive benefit package is offered. The interns will be expected to work 40 hours per week (distributed over 7 days) and to cover different shifts (days and nights). Holidays are 25 working days plus statutory bank holidays and your birthday. The CPD allowance is 5 days. There will be a 3-month probationary period, during which the internship may be terminated by either party with a one-week notice period.

Optivet Referrals is located in Havant, Hampshire, in the South of England, near Portsmouth, Chichester, Winchester and Southampton, with easy train access to London city centre and 1 hour 20 min by car to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The South of England enjoys more days of sun than the rest of the country, has beautiful beaches and is very close to nature reserves like the South Downs and the New Forest.

Candidates must be MRCVS and have the right to work in the UK (UK or EU citizenship, or with valid UK working VISA for the duration of the internship). If English is not their first language, candidates must have the relevant qualification of spoken and written English to obtain a VISA and as per RCVS requirements. (

For applications and for further information, interested candidates may contact Emma Phillips, our Personnel Lead, ( or Eva Rioja Garcia, our Anaesthesia and Analgesia and Clinical Lead ( As part of the application, please include a letter of intent, your curriculum vitae, and the contact details of two referees. Deadline for applications is 8th January 2023.

We can’t wait to hear from you!”

*.docx: Optho Intern Job advert Dec 2022