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Intern Veterinary Surgeon (1601)

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  • Salary:
    £30,567 per annum
  • Poscity
  • Poscountry
    United Kingdom
  • Area:
    Equine Operations
  • Vacancy Type:
    Fixed Term Contract
  • Full or Part Time?:
    Full Time

The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare organisation, offering care and protection to donkeys worldwide. Our vision is a world where every donkey has a good quality of life, and our mission is to improve the lives of donkeys every day. We will achieve this by transforming the lives of donkeys in need worldwide by fostering greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships. 

These are 12-month long internships based at the sanctuary’s brand new, purpose-built hospital at Brookfield Farm, Honiton, Devon, one starting in September 2024 and one in March 2025.

Initially 6 months hospital-based with daily duties including anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, surgery and in-patient care. To then transition into an ambulatory 6 months looking after the sanctuary’s 2,700 donkeys across Devon and Dorset.

To work with farriers, dental technicians and pathologists, gaining a well-rounded knowledge of donkey care and treatment.

Opportunity for involvement with  a research project.

BEVA approved internship

Working with  a team at the forefront of donkey welfare and medicine.

To work 5 days a week Mon-Fri from 8am to 4:30pm with team on- call rota gradually

transitioned into once the intern is confident and competent. Competitive salary.

This internship will produce a vet that is competent in all areas needed for an ambulatory equine vet whilst allowing them to have a superior knowledge and understanding of the different needs of donkeys.

Vet GDP supported by 10 vets, 6 nurse team and dedicated time.

For further details see the website: or for an informal discussion email 

Closing date for completed applications: Wednesday 13 March 2024.

The Donkey Sanctuary is a Disability Confident Employer.

The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults), and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, including an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where required for the post.

Please note: The Guaranteed interview scheme is only applicable to candidates who consider themselves to have a disability applying for roles based within the United Kingdom.

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Brookfield Farm
Brookfield Farm, Farway Common Road, Honiton, Devon, United Kingdom, EX14 9SU
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