Veterinary Internships, Externships & EMS

Equine Internship

We offer a 12-month internship for recent veterinary graduates, with Spring/Summer starts. For more information please click here – more info

Small Animal Internship

We offer 12-month fully mentored positions for recently qualified Veterinary Surgeons, with Spring/Summer starts. For more information please click here – more info

Extra Mural Studies (EMS)

EMS forms an important part of undergraduate education, providing a further basis for student education. Towcester Vets are able to offer placements for veterinary students in any year of study for either one or two weeks. We encourage students to see practice for an optimum time of two weeks, which allows us to get to know you and for you to better understand how our practice works.


Externships are available to 4th and 5th year veterinary students who have entered their clinical years. Externships are made up of three to four weeks and form an integral part of undergraduate study. Applications received should be supported by one referee who should be a veterinary surgeon.

Visiting Towcester Equine

Towcester Vets is a busy practice based in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, covering many surrounding counties. Made up of three main departments; Small animal, equine and farm practice, comprising a 25 strong vet team it is a bustling practice offering great opportunities for students to visit and see practice with us.

What to expect

Towcester Vets are a busy practice with an efficient team of vets, nurses and support staff. Visiting students should expect busy, frequently long days. You will work under the direct supervision of interns and senior veterinarians. We aim to provide students with opportunities to see practice in all aspects of the chosen veterinary field, and we expect questions and for you to feel involved and part of the team.


Upon arrival at 08.00 you should report to reception, who will then assign you to an intern/vet/nurse for morning treatments and clinical rounds. Thereafter the day will be planned depending upon the diary. There are sometimes quieter periods in clinic, and this time should be put to good use to assist the team with general duties and to study/revise case histories. A ‘team work’ ethos is very much encouraged, as is keenness, politeness and a good work ethic.

What to bring

Essentials include: stethoscope, thermometer, watch/timer, notebook, clean, appropriate work attire (no ripped jeans or trainers), safety footwear for equine and farm practice. As well as warm, waterproof clothing.

Accommodation & living

There may be a possibility of accommodation on site, however this is on a first come, first served basis across small animal and equine practice. Local accommodation is also sometimes available from practice vets and nurses and we can provide details should this be of interest. Own transport is essential, particularly for OOH emergency work and to assist the intern teams with nightly check.


Whilst seeing practice, you are a guest of Towcester Vets and should act in a polite manner at all times. Towcester Equine accepts no responsibility for personal injury, accidents or loss/damage to personal property. You should ensure that you have insurance covering both yourself and your possessions.


To express your interest in seeing practice, please contact us using the following details. Due to the limited number of placements available we suggest that you plan well in advance as the diary gets filled very quickly and may be booked up significantly far in advance.

Equine Practice EMS & Externships

Jade Brookes:     01327 811 007

Small Animal & Farm Practice EMS & Externships

Lisa Keen:     01327 350 239

Internship Enquiries/Applications

Sue Adams:     07394 565760

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