The Role

We are recruiting for avian and exotic internships at our Swindon Exotic animal specialty hospital. Great Western Exotics is a seven vet 100% exotic animal practice. The caseload includes Avian, Small mammal, Reptile and multiple zoological collections. 

Great Western Exotics has a long-established post-graduate training programme, running the only ECZM (avian) programme in the UK. Several previous interns have gone on to enter this programme and other exotic/zoo medicine residency programmes.

Interns will experience a wide range of avian and exotic cases, readying them for exotic animal practice or the ECZM residency programme.

The intern programme is a structured one-year programme which has developed year-on-year, with a focus on mentorship and development. There will be an opportunity to study towards the CertAVP Zoological Medicine.

About Us

Our hospital has recently undergone extensive renovation with an enviable equipment list and facilities including four dedicated exotic animal wards, two theatres, computer tomography, fluoroscopy, both rigid/flexible endoscopy, ultrasonography and radiography suites. 

Applicant Requirements

Candidates will be considered from both a practice and small animal rotating internship background. Exceptional new graduates would be considered.

Interns will be expected to participate in an OOH rota – including weekends.

If English is your second language you must be able to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing.

You must, or be eligible to be, a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.


  • 6 weeks plus bank holidays
  • 6 days paid CPD leave
  • £2000 CPD Allowance per annum
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • VDS Membership paid
  • BVA Membership paid
  • Service based holiday entitlement increases
  • Enhanced maternity, adoption, shared parental leave and surrogacy pay
  • Enhanced paternity pay
  • Birthday leave
  • Discounted veterinary fees
  • My Benefits – various discounts including retail & gym memberships
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Pension CPD/training support
  • Paid bereavement leave
  • Company sick pay
  • Employee opinion survey
  • Free uniform in a number of roles
  • Annual pay reviews
  • Social events
  • Sponsorship for overseas employees
  • Academy & leadership courses
  • Focus on employee wellbeing
  • Relocation packages
  • As a BAME and LGBTQ+ inclusive employer, we are keen to hear from candidates from all minority and diverse groups. As a Disability Confident Employer, we are keen to hear from candidates with disabilities and long-term health conditions and would be happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments needed during the recruitment process.