Work Experience

Work Experience

We accept school pupils (16-18 years old ) on work placements, who are interested in a career in equine nursing or veterinary medicine. These may be part of their formal school programme or arranged yourself during your school vacations. School pupils are based with our nursing and yard team in the clinic and are there to observe procedures. However, pupils are encouraged to help with mucking out and general yard duties. Clothing appropriate for a yard, including sensible protective footwear should be worn. Trainers and wellingtons are not acceptable. To apply for work experience please click here to download an application form. Please email this form to Head Nurse, Kelly Brown, Please apply early as these positions are filled far in advance.

Please remember that whilst you are visiting the clinic, client confidentiality is of utmost importance. Also, it should be expected that sometimes horses must be euthanased. School pupils are not expected to participate in these situations, or in any situation where they do not feel comfortable. However, they must remember to conduct themselves appropriately in front of our clients.


Extra-Mural Studies for Veterinary Students Seeing Practice

Extra-Mural Studies for Veterinary Students Seeing Practice

We are delighted to announce that we are a Partner Practice for Surrey Vet School, and as such, will be taking 2 Surrey Vet School final year students for 4 week rotations, throughout term time. Outside of these rotations, we are happy to take veterinary students at any stage of their clinical training and from any university. We have a busy clinic, as well as several vets busy on ambulatory calls daily. Therefore, we limit numbers to a maximum of 2 students at any one time. Students get a wide range of clinic-based and ambulatory experience. We also expect students to help out with morning and evening stable rounds of in-patients, treatments and checks. Students are welcome to attend emergencies out-of-hours in the clinic. Students should wear appropriate work wear/boiler suits and protective footwear. Wellingtons and jeans are not allowed. We ask that students wear their college name badges at all times to identify yourself as a visiting student. To check availability, please email Kelly Brown, Head Nurse,, with your dates.

Hospital/Ambulatory Internship

Hospital/Ambulatory Internship

Job Title

Veterinary Intern

Contract Type

Full Time

Contract Length

Fixed Term (12 months)


£26,000 pa


KEH t/a Newnham Court Equine

Holiday Entitlement

28 days pa including Bank Holidays and additional day for Birthday (pro rata)

CPD Budget

3 days, dependant on Hospital budget

Reports To

Katie Snalune (Director of Kent Equine Hospital)


The Clinic

Kent Equine Hospital is an exclusively equine, independent practice of 8 veterinary surgeons based in the heart of Kent. Our experienced team provide a host of expertise, across a wide range of disciplines. Our clinic is compact, but fully equipped with everything needed to offer care, treatment, and surgery for the horses of Kent and the South-East. Unlike many, we come with a history dating back over 100 years. The clinic has grown and thrived throughout the years, and we take great pride in all we have achieved and all that is yet to come. We have a mixture of pleasure horse and competition horse work and cover a mainly 25-mile radius of Maidstone. We are currently located just off Junction 7 of the M20 in a very central location with easy access to London and the Coast, and have been here for 26 years. However, we are planning to move to a brand-new purpose built hospital in a 5 acre setting on the North Downs in late 2022.

The ambulatory practice and clinic facilities are fully integrated, so you may work cases up in the field or at the clinic, with support from experienced clinicians. We have Advanced Practitioners in the fields of Equine Internal Medicine, Equine Soft Tissue Surgery and Equine Dentistry, a board-eligible Diplomat in Equine Internal Medicine and visiting specialists in the fields of Equine Internal Medicine, Equine Surgery (Soft Tissue and orthopaedics), Dentistry, Cardiology and Ophthalmology.

Our facilities are comprised of 6 stables, managed by the nursing team and yard staff, trot-up, lunge pen, pharmacy and on-site lab, 2 treatment rooms, including stocks, induction/recovery box and fully equipped theatre, with ventilator and all monitoring equipment.  We have a fully integrated endoscopy suite, with gastroscopy, respiratory and dental endoscopes for both in clinic and ambulatory use, digital radiography, and ultrasonography with all probes for everything from cardiac, abdominal, thoracic, tendon/joints and rectal scanning. We have a vast array of dental equipment and motorised dental equipment.

Our team is more than just employees here, we are a family. Our guiding principles and workplace culture have been designed to promote openness, honesty, support, and encouragement to promote job satisfaction. We work as a unit, learning and developing ourselves both professionally and personally in a safe and friendly environment. We have 5 nurses, with over 50 years experience between them, and an extremely experienced client care team to support us.

Our clients are at the heart of what we do. We aim to provide a first-class service to our clients and their horses by using our knowledge, skills and up-to date technology and treatments.







Structure of the Intern Scheme

Our 12-month Hospital/Ambulatory Internship scheme was developed to satisfy specific needs within our Equine Clinic, and to provide a supportive environment where graduates can develop their field skills as well as their diagnostic and patient care skills in the clinic, within a supportive team. There are two posts available each year, one starting in February and one in August. We are currently recruiting for one February 22 start only and will advertise in Spring 22 for the next year’s intake.

The initial 3-month period is designed to ease the intern into the life of working in a busy hospital environment. You will be allocated a ‘buddy’ who will monitor your development and will help you get to grips with the equipment, procedures, and way of working. The focus will not only be on clinical ability but will help you build resilience and give you exposure to the different situations that may occur when working in an equine hospital or out in the field.

Between the 3–6-month period, you will be given more clinical freedom and control over more complex cases, building your confidence and skill set to become a more rounded veterinary surgeon.

During the final 6 months you will be classified as a ‘senior intern’ and it will be expected that you are confident and able to deal with most situations. You will act as an advisor to the new ‘junior intern’. The senior intern will liaise closely with our clients.

There will be ample opportunities throughout your internship to focus on your specific areas of interest, but the main focus will be developing you into a safe and extremely competent first opinion ambulatory clinician but with the added diagnostic skills utilised in a hospital setting, anaesthesia, imaging, and emergency/critical care. Overall, this post provides the graduate with training in most aspects of modern equine practice and produces veterinary surgeons whose level of competence and expertise is immediately useful to first opinion equine ambulatory practices and to academic institutions who offer specialist training positions.

Interns work a 5-day week 8am – 6pm, and alternate between ambulatory and hospital duties on a one-week rota basis. Whilst in the clinic, interns are responsible for all in-patient care, admissions, discharges, anaesthesia and assist the senior clinicians in work up of a wide and varied caseload, but with particular emphasis on lameness and internal medicine. Whilst on ambulatory weeks, the intern develops their face-to-face client skills on zone visits and then attends more complex cases as they progress through their internship. Interns participate in a hospital rota and an ambulatory rota, equivalent to 1 in 2. All interns receive a Thursday off before an ambulatory weekend on call and a Friday off after an ambulatory weekend on call. In one 6 week block, interns cover 2 weekends of hospital duties and one weekend of ambulatory duties.

Interns participate and organise a monthly journal club which involve a combination of critical appraisal of recent literature and training sessions on practical skills with all the team.

Interns are expected to work hard during their time with us. However, if one intern has been up all night, provision will be made to cover their duties the following morning to ensure adequate rest. This is not a common event, however, we are proud to provide our own emergency cover and only refer cases for fracture repair or advanced imaging.

Four weeks’ holiday with pay is allowed (20 days) plus 8 days Bank holidays taken at a time convenient to the team members. In addition, you are able to take your birthday off (if it falls on a week day), and three days funded ‘CPD’ per year.

On occasion there may be the opportunity to join our own general ambulatory practice, at the end of the internship, as part of the graduate training programme working towards certificate training in an area of your interest.

Our internships are advertised on an annual basis for two positions, commencing in August and the following February respectively. However, we are currently recruiting just for February 2022.

The salary for this position is £26,000 per annum. Accommodation is not provided, but you are required to live within 5 minutes of the practice. The new hospital will have an interns’ flat. There will be a 3-month probation period, which once passed, the intern is expected to remain for the entire period of 12 months employment term, the agreement applying to both employee and employers.

If you are interested in this internship and require further information, please telephone Katie Snalune, who is the Director responsible for administering the internship scheme. Telephone Katie on 01622 737884 between 9am and 5pm.

For Application

If you wish to apply for this intern position, please send a covering letter and your full CV with a recent photograph and with contact details of 2 referees as soon as possible to

The closing date for applications is Friday 1st. October 2021.

All applicants will receive a reply as soon as we have selected a short list. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed as soon as possible thereafter, with a view to the successful candidates starting work on Monday 31st January 2022.  We look forward to hearing from you.



Current Vacancies

Current Vacancies

Equine Ambulatory/Hospital Internship (24 Months) – Newnham Court Equine – Kent

There are tons of jobs out there! Why come and work for us?

• You want to be an equine vet but need to know you will be well supported

• You want to progress your skillset quickly to feel confident and happy

• You want to have fun with your team

• You want to complete the programme feeling confident you can work cases up to a high standard, setting you up for a successful and happy career

• If you like it, you want the ability to be supported through certificate study of your choice with genuine prospects for career development.

Newnham Court Equine is the only independent 100% equine practice, with full surgical facilities, located on the beautiful North Downs in Kent, within an hour of London and the Coast. We are a 7 vet practice, focused on providing exceptional ambulatory care over Kent. The hospital is overseen by Advanced Practitioners in Equine Internal Medicine, Dentistry and Soft Tissue surgery, with regular visits from specialists in the fields of orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery, cardiology and ophthalmology. Our values, which we hope to be yours, are honesty, teamwork, learning and growth, passion, kindness, positivity and professionalism.

Our internship programme has been running for 10 years, with previous interns going into hospital internships, stud seasons, ambulatory practice, teaching and many completing further qualifications. Our programme commences with a 1st year of ambulatory practice, where you spend 40% of your time working alongside experienced clinicians, learning to assess, diagnose and treat a hugely varied range of cases, and 60% of your time working independently growing in confidence. The second year of your programme is split between ambulatory and hospital work, and allows you to spend more time in clinic, gaining experience in lameness, advanced dentistry, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, oncology and anaesthesia, all under the supervision of experienced clinicians. You participate in a fully supported 1 in 2 intern rota with 2 days off for each ambulatory weekend covered.

We are looking for recent graduates or mixed practitioners wishing to move solely into equine that are kind, loyal, enthusiastic, positive, practical, hard-working, good communicators with a “go-getter” attitude. We provide you with a competitive package including 4×4 car, 4 weeks holiday plus Bank holidays, full OOH back-up support, 5 days CPD allowance as well as weekly internal CPD, subsidised gym membership, BEVA/VDS subscriptions, a GDP advisor ( if appropriate) and a mentor buddy.

For an informal chat to find out more about the programme and talk to our current intern, please call Katie Snalune on 01622 737884. To apply, please email a letter of intent, CV with 2 references by Friday 8th. April 5pm to: Interviews will be held week commencing 18th April 2022.