Ophthalmology Internship at Willows Referrals (Birmingham, UK)

Be part of one of the UK’s leading Small Animal Veterinary Centres! 

The Ophthalmology department at Willows Referral Service is pleased to offer a
1-year ophthalmology internship training programme.

The successful candidate will receive intensive training in clinical skills essential for successful management of veterinary patients with ophthalmic disease, both medical and surgical, and will undertake directed learning relating to the eye and its diseases. This programme is intended to allow veterinarians to expand their ophthalmic knowledge base and skills in preparation for future training in an ophthalmology residency. The role will also involve weekend working on a 1:3 rota to help alongside the primary care out of hours team, with compensatory days off given for weekend days worked.

Applicants should be highly motivated and have excellent communication skills; a very good command of spoken and written English is essential. A minimum of two years’ postgraduate experience in practice is essential and previous completion of a one-year rotating internship or its equivalent would be preferred. The successful candidate must be able to work with a multi-disciplinary team which is dedicated to the provision of the highest possible level of care for our patients, clients, and referring veterinary surgeons.

Benefits include:

  • RCVS and 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 
  • Recruitment referral reward scheme
  • Wellness program including: 
  • Employee assistance program 
  • Eyecare voucher scheme 
  • Free annual Flu jab 
  • Cycle to work scheme 

About us

Willows is home to extensive surgical and diagnostic facilities with a superbly equipped Intensive Care Unit. In-patient care is a priority, with 24-hour care provided by our team of Interns, Nurses, and other Clinical Support staff. The practice is iCatCare accredited at Gold Level. In joining Willows, you will have the opportunity to work alongside internationally renowned Specialists across our multi-disciplinary team, including Internal Medicine, Soft Tissue Surgery, Oncology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Cardiology, Dermatology, Imaging, Anaesthesia, and Emergency and Critical Care. Willows is proud to be accredited by Investors in People at the extended silver level. We are dedicated to providing excellent working conditions, care, support and development for our 240+ associates.

As well as a clinically progressive team, we are a close-knit team that enjoy working hard and playing hard. We take part in regular social events and believe a supportive and welcoming atmosphere is key to a great working environment.

At Linnaeus, we are committed to supporting the physical and mental health of all our Associates. We have an amazing team of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) across our practices and central support office in addition to a confidential Employee Assistance Programme which is available for everyone.

How to apply

Potential candidates wishing to discuss this position informally and confidentially are encouraged to contact Tom Reilly at:

To apply, please submit a letter of intent and your CV.

Deadline for applications: 31 August 2023.

Interviews date to be confirmed in September 2023.