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Pool House Equine Clinic: Internship Program


Pool House Equine Hospital offers 18 month internships designed to provide a well balanced exposure to equine medicine, reproduction, surgery and diagnostic imaging. The hospital has 13 stables as well as hospital paddocks and field shelters, 1 surgical theatre with dedicated induction/recovery room, standing surgery, 2 examination rooms, two direct digital radiography units, standing MRI, ultrasonography, video endoscopy, video arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and laser surgery. The in house lab includes haematology and microbiology.

Job Description

Period of programme: 
Fixed term 18 month position is divided into three 6 month periods. The second and the third period renewals are conditional on the mutual satisfaction of both the intern and Pool House Equine Clinic.

After hours duty:
Weekly and weekend hospital duty on a one in three rotation. Some ambulatory work will be available as required.

Week day duty:
Rotations through surgery, inpatient care (including post-operative colics & foals), anaesthesia and diagnostic imaging including MRI. Management and presentation of hospital cases in conjunction with senior clinicians. Twice daily hospital rounds.

Weekly JC:
Papers and cases discussion (one morning)

From the start of the program interns will be gradually introduced to various procedures by the previous existing interns & clinicians. They will be exposed to techniques in which they are expected to become proficient. This training is supervised by a European College of Veterinary Surgery certified equine surgeon & RCVS recognised Advanced Practitioners & certificate holding clinicians. This includes performing anaesthesia, receiving emergency patients, running laboratory tests, minor surgical procedures and general inpatient management. Working hours are typically 7.30 am to 8pm, excluding emergency duties. The intern will receive one day off per weekend on intern duty.

A large out‐of‐hour emergency on‐call commitment is required, as our hospital admits a high number of referral cases including colics. For all surgical cases, the intern in the anaesthesia rota will perform anaesthesia. Together all the interns are responsible for ensuring inpatients receive all necessary treatments (as indicated by senior clinicians) and keeping accurate records of such, performing routine radiography and ultrasonography services.

Inpatient requirements are discussed twice a day during patient rounds. Patient records are an essential part of the functioning of the clinic. The record keeping system will be explained in the introductory period and will be the intern’s responsibility to make sure they are up to date. It is the intern’s duty to communicate with owners under the senior clinician guidance.

The interns are responsible for equipment care (ultrasound and x-ray machines) particularly cleanliness and hygiene, downloading and uploading images onto the main practice system at the end of each working day.

The clinic is affiliated with different Universities so we regularly have students in their final years on rotation here.

PHEC will provide a practice car for which all running costs are paid by the practice with the exception of the cost of fuel for private mileage. PHEC will also provide a mobile phone and the car will be fitted with a hands-free phone kit.

PHEC will cover the cost of BEVA membership but you are responsible for RCVS membership fees when they are due for renewal, however if, for any reason, you leave the practice within 6 months of the fees being paid, PHEC reserves the right to ask for some or all of the payment to be refunded.

Daily Planning

Before morning rounds

(with nursing assistance)




Before morning rounds

(with nursing assistance)

Full subjective and objective assessment made of all inpatients including TPR of all inpatients and intensive care and colic checks where indicated.

Intensive care and colic check findings recorded on intensive care sheets.

Subjective and objective observations including attitude, appetite, faecal and urinary output and case specific notes on other inpatients recorded

Sample and run blood

Record in consumables + on ICU monitoring sheet

8.00 – 8.45

Morning rounds with all clinicians- feed back on previous days findings, status overnight, assess progress where indicated i.e. walk out orthopaedic cases

Notes on procedures planned for the day recorded

8.45 – 9.00

Drugs administered

All drugs given recorded in the patient file

8.45 – 10.45

Hospital in-patients- including bandage changes, synoviocentesis, repeat rectal examinations etc

Record all findings in the hospital notes and ensure all consumables and procedures are costed

10.45 – 11.30

Communication with clients on the telephone to deliver progress report

Communication with referring vets where appropriate

Communications recorded on communication sheet.

Ensure it is noted when RVS to be updated next

10.30 – 13.00

All in-patients are monitored throughout the day by the team.

Critical patients are also monitored on CCTV displayed in the vet’s office

Check carried out as necessary

All findings recorded

13.00 – 13.30

Colic checks and intensive care where indicated

Findings recorded on intensive care sheet.

13.30 – 16.00

All in-patients are monitored throughout the day by the team.

Critical patients are also monitored on CCTV displayed in the vet’s office

Checks carried out as necessary

All findings recorded

16.00-17.00 (with nursing assistance)

Full subjective and objective assessment made of all in patients including TPR of all in patients and intensive care and colic checks where indicated.

All findings recorded

Sample and run blood if necessary

Record in consumables + on ICU monitoring sheet

Administer parental drugs

All administered drugs recorded as consumables

17.00 – 17.30

Evening rounds with supervising clinician (as deemed appropriate).

Feed back on day’s findings. Discuss protocol for overnight checks- the clinician determines the frequency of checks necessary through the night beyond the minimum required of midnight and 6 am checks.


Full subjective assessment made of all inpatients.

Colic checks and intensive care where indicated.

Administration of drugs

All findings recorded

All drugs administered recorded


Week (from Thursday to Thursday) Hospital 1 Hospital 2 Imaging
1 A B C
2 C A B
3 B C A
4 A B C


Hospital 1

Intern in charge of the hospital from Thursday to Thursday. Duties: organising daily sheets for other hospital staff, directing owner communications and work in the hospital. After a week on duty Thursday is free time after the morning round. Responsible for inpatients care on weekend days (feed, water in the afternoon etc). Supervision of all drugs administered according to senior clinicians plan. 1 in 2 rota overnight equally shared with Hospital intern 2.

Hospital 2

Intern in charge of anaesthesia (when appropriate included afterhours on call), discharge instructions and lab work (supervise and direct nurses). Check of inpatient undergoing anaesthesia. Weekend to help with inpatients and then just available for surgical emergencies. Help with dental cases when necessary. 1 in 2 rota overnight equally shared with Hospital intern 1.


Intern in charge for the MRI unit (admit inpatients, liaison with referring vets and owners), amnesis, thorough record keeping, image acquisition and storage. Responsible for all imaging upload at the end of the day. Direct supervision of sedation and recording use of any controlled drugs in the statutory register. To undertake some ambulatory when appropriate or to help with inpatients. Responsible for imaging discharge instructions. Weekend off.


Vet Students / Externship

Foreign (EU) students who have good English language skills are accepted for externships as well as students from all the UK University Vet Schools. The month of MARCH is reserved for final year students on ‘selective’ from Glasgow University. Externs will not be accepted for less than four weeks. Please note the veterinary surgeons who are fully qualified in other EU states and are no longer students must be registered with the RCVS – otherwise they cannot be involved in clinical work. Externs should ensure that they have appropriate personal health and injury insurance – generally the UK Universities provide this for their students.

We have a large static chalet with three bed rooms and this may be available depending upon demand for a minimal rent of £10 per day to cover the costs of heating and lighting. A refundable deposit of £50 is required. No pets are allowed.

Please apply by email to

Longer externships may be made available to externs who successfully complete their first two week period.

The clinic is in a relatively rural location with no public transport services, therefore it is very advantageous if externs have their own transport available, although staff will always try to assist with collection from airports and the local train station. Staff members are generally willing to help with visits to local shops etc.

Please bring suitable outdoor clothing, suitable footwear, a stethoscope and a thermometer. It can be very cold in winter months and fairly hot in the summer! You may also wish to bring a small notepad / small crib book and a small bag. You should bring your lunch with you.

On your first morning arrive by 8.30, other mornings you should report to reception at 8am, the reception team will show you the sign in form. Please park your car sensibly and considerately, and leave the keys in reception. On the first morning you will be shown around the site.

This will be your chance to check the day / call sheets. Then familiarise yourself with the inpatients. You should TPR / exam each patient – tie up the horses or else the yard staff may be able to help a little. Case rounds will be at 7.30 to 9 with the duty inpatient vet – Marco/Fredericka/Andrea/Ron, Jonathan Withers (surgeon/clinical director) and Richard Stephenson. Please make your level of competence known to the duty intern.

Vets will head out on calls, the other vets being Gil Riley, Patrick Macandrew, Renske Vanderrijt, Sam Hole, Oliver King,  Claire Black and Aurelie Mathieu.   Please introduce yourself and make known if there is a particular vet you would like to go on calls with. One would benefit from a good basis of routine calls as well as more advanced clinical cases. During case presentations and discussions it is in your interest to partake – there is no such thing as a silly question.


Externs must at all times respect the right to confidentiality of both clients and Pool House Equine Clinic. Pictures of the clinic, personnel, clients or animals must NOT be posted on any social media site. In particular Pool House Equine Clinic or its clients must not be discussed on Facebook or similar. Failure to observe practice confidentiality will result in immediate termination of the externship and the extern being reported to the relevant educational authorities.

Code of Conduct.

Externs must follow the joint RCVS / UK Vet Schools Code of Conduct at all times.