Ophthalmology Internship at the Eye Veterinary Clinic, Herefordshire, U.K.

This twelve-month position is available to candidates that have an interest in ophthalmology. The clinic is situated in the beautiful county of Herefordshire which is famous for apples and potatoes! The successful candidates will be working with four ophthalmology specialists, an anaesthesia specialist, four residents, two other interns and eleven registered veterinary nurses to help run the clinical service. A large focus will be on in-patient care and provision of assistance to the veterinary ophthalmologists. Please read the job description below to find out more about the position and the associated requirements.

Please apply in writing with a covering letter and a CV to:

Rachael Grundon

Eye Veterinary Clinic




Or via email to

Job Description

Veterinary Ophthalmology Intern (Veterinary Surgeon)

REPORTING TO: Directors, practice manager and nurse manager


The intern position is vital for the smooth running of EVC. Interns will rotate through every area of the practice as well as taking part in the out of hours rota. As EVC is a small business a flexible approach is required. In-patient care, anaesthesia and clinical examination of patients will be a major part of the role.


  • Personal:
    • To become confident with the ocular examination process and gain an excellent mental reference library of the variations in appearance of the normal eye of all species
    • To gain a firm working knowledge of common ocular conditions and their routine management
    • To demonstrate a commitment to continued professional development
  • In the team:
    • To ensure the highest standard of care to all of our patients and clients
    • To ensure efficiency of case management across all clinical areas
    • To maintain accurate client and patient records
    • To be efficient, pleasant, courteous, polite, and helpful to practice personnel and clients at all times
    • To promote our services, personnel and products, both within and outside the practice at all times
    • To support marketing initiatives
    • To actively participate in the staff appraisal system


  • Provide assistance to veterinary ophthalmologists, nurses and anaesthetist, as required, at all times
  • Perform and monitor anaesthesia under the direction of the veterinary surgeons and senior nurses
  • The provision of excellent in-patient care including
    • daytime: pre-op care/medication, monitoring/recovery period, post-op care/medication
    • out-of-hours: monitoring, medication/treatments
  • Completion of neat and accurate paperwork, at all times
  • Performing in-house diagnostic tests as necessary
  • Equipment maintenance, in conjunction with head nurse and veterinary surgeons and record in faulty equipment file
  • Assisting with practice marketing initiatives e.g. Open Evenings, Open Days etc.
  • Assisting the management team as required
  • To be accountable for any specific tasks or responsibilities allocated by the management team
  • Follow all Health & Safety rules, guidance, and training, including risk assessments, standard operating procedures, equipment use and maintenance and the wearing of PPE. Speak to the practice manager, head nurse or a director if you have any queries or concerns
  • Welcome and provide support for visiting veterinary surgeons, students, and work experience personnel; to ensure safe methods of work and minimum disruption
  • Follow Employee General Guidelines

Working hours

Monday to Friday 8.30-18.30

The aim is to have a 60-minute unpaid break per day, but this will be dependent on the case load on any given day.


The annual salary will be £20,500 per annum. Accommodation will be provided. Salaries are paid monthly in arrears.

On Call

You will be on a 1 in 3 rota. When on call you will be expected to stay on site. You will receive a day in lieu for a weekend worked. You will be expected to work three UK bank holidays per year, for which you will be entitled to 1 day off in lieu for each bank holiday on call.


You will have a CPD allowance of 5 days and £1000

Attendance at ophthalmology related CPD is preferred. Choice of course and dates will need to be discussed with the directors.


Holidays must be agreed with the directors or practice manager. You will qualify for 20 days annual leave plus public holidays per annum.


  1. The provision of quality veterinary care – first-class animal care is paramount
  2. High level of client satisfaction/low level of complaints
  3. Consistent accuracy, reliability, responsiveness, and sound initiative when working with other members of staff – positive feedback from other staff members in this regard.
  4. A perceptible willingness to learn and apply new skills
  5. High levels of veterinary surgeon satisfaction/commendation
  6. Attendance at relevant CPD (to include sharing information with other clinical support staff)


JOB TITLE – Veterinary Intern






Period in related field(s)


12 months post-graduation experience.

Completion of a rotating internship in the UK

Application /employment history here if internal application


Merlin practice management system





Veterinary degree registerable with the RCVS

Post-graduate qualification in veterinary ophthalmology

Application. Must see original certificates

Skills & Abilities

Good team working skills

Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

Problem solving skills

Ability to delegate successfully




Observation if current employee

Other qualities

Professional and calm approach (especially with regard to variable workload and unpredictable staffing levels).

Flexibility with regard to work and problem resolution

Able to work under pressure and keep to time scales – especially with regard to case throughput

As above