Anaesthesia Internship

Anaesthesia, Interns

12th September 2022

Anaesthesia Internship

Location: Davies Veterinary Specialists, Manor Farm Business Park, Higham Gobion, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 3HR

Job Type: Fixed Term (Full time)

Hours: 42.5 hours 5-day week.  Additional on call requirement – 1 in 4 weeknights and weekends.

About us

Davies Veterinary Specialists is one of the largest and most diverse 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.

About the role

Your role and responsibilities

The purpose of this internship is to provide a practical hands-on training experience within veterinary anaesthesia, gaining practical clinical experience and learning from the veterinary specialists within a referral practice environment.  You will:

  • Gain experience in all areas of anaesthesia
  • Have exposure to a large caseload including anaesthetic management of routine referral cases and emergencies.
  • Have daily interaction with Specialists and experts in anaesthesia and other disciplines.
  • Improve your chances of securing an anaesthesia residency training position.


Main areas of work and training

  • To work as a part of the anaesthesia team and assist with the provision of care to patients within the hospital.  The team currently comprises of five ECVAA diplomats, two board-eligible (ECVAA residency-trained) clinicians and one anaesthesia intern.
  • To contribute to all aspects of perioperative patient care and assessment, with case responsibility and working independently, where this is judged to be appropriate.
  • To attend rounds, gaining exposure and knowledge of interesting cases to support your personal development.
  • To work closely with the Theatre and Diagnostic Head Nurses/Supervisors (and wider Nursing team) to facilitate an efficient and effective flow of cases through clinical areas.
  • To assist in the setting up for anaesthetic procedures in theatre and diagnostics areas.
  • To handle, pick up, sedate and hold patients.
  • To assist with a range of anaesthetic procedures and, with time, learn to carry out procedures independently.  This will include the placement of arterial cannulae, central venous cannulae, epidural placement and locoregional anaesthesia where appropriate.
  • To maintain and continue professional development as relevant to your specialism.
  • To assist with CPD provision and training for rotating interns and other colleagues across the practice where appropriate.
  • To identify and develop a suitable research project to be undertaken during the internship that is ideally suitable for publication or presentation at a suitable specialist meeting.

General responsibilities

  • To promote and act as a role model for the practice values of respect, professionalism, dignity and compassion.
  • To enact and promote Mars’ Five Principles of Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom. Click here to find out more about The Five Principles.
  • To undertake and engage in personal development training as identified by yourself/your line-manager and the wider Linnaeus group
  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and of others who may be affected by what you do.
  • To follow health and safety instructions and protocols, and attend health and safety training.
  • To report hazards, defects, accidents, injuries or incidents that occur in the workplace.
  • To carry out any other duties as required and as appropriate to your skills, experience and knowledge and your position here at the practice.
  • To provide an excellent level of patient care.
  • To work in accordance with the Practice Standard Operating Procedures.
  • To ensure that all necessary retention fees, subscriptions and registrations are up to date.

Specific experiences / qualifications / status / citizenship requirements

You must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Have an excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Maintain a professional and caring approach in all aspects of your work
  • Provide evidence of your Right to Work in the UK
  • Undergraduate Veterinary Degree
  • RCVS current membership
  • Previous experience of clinical cases
  • Competent in use of Microsoft office and clinical systems for email, producing letters and report, recording accurate patient records, etc


  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Additional paid day off to celebrate your birthday
  • Pension scheme
  • Private Medical Insurance – Vitality
  • Enhanced equal family leave
  • Enhanced sickness policy
  • RCVS & VDS fees paid
  • CPD allowance
  • Access to discounted Pet support
  • Access to Health Assured, 24-7 People support platform
  • Cycle2Work scheme
  • Local Incentive, freebies & rewards

Part of an amazing global family

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

Linnaeus is owned by Mars, that 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.


For further information

For informal discussions and enquiries, please contact Fran Downing (Head of Anaesthesia) by email to: [email protected].


How to apply

Simply email your CV to [email protected]

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