Rotating Internship

Rotating Internship at Veterinary Specialists Scotland

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Would you like to work alongside Specialists at the cutting edge of veterinary medicine? Unleash your potential with a rotating internship at Veterinary Specialists Scotland.

Join our rotating internship programme and work alongside top veterinary experts. Our one-year rotating internship programme at our multi-disciplinary referral centre offer a unique opportunity to do just that.

Our programme is designed as a stepping-stone towards small animal residencies or other postgraduate programmes, as well as for those looking to gain valuable experience for general practice. Our interns are experienced veterinary surgeons with a veterinary degree registerable with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and at least one year of postgraduate experience in small animal practice.

Working under supervision in our multi-disciplinary referral hospital and providing an emergency out-of-hours service, you'll expand your clinical knowledge, skills and experience. Our programme is perfect for highly motivated veterinary surgeons looking to advance their careers.

We also offer second-year specialist internships in selected disciplines and encourage involvement in clinical research, CPD and externships. Our journal clubs, in-house specialist lectures, seminars, and small-group teaching complement these opportunities. Unlike other programmes, our interns can assist our veterinary surgeons and Specialists, rather than observing from the sidelines.

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Ambra Panti

Meet our Rotating Internship Director, Ambra Panti


Ambra is one of our Specialists in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. She graduated from the University of Sassari in Italy in 2001. She worked in general practice for two years before undertaking an anaesthesia internship at the University of Liège, followed by a residency in Anaesthesia at the University of Cambridge. Ambra holds an RCVS Certificate in veterinary anaesthesia and earned her European College Diploma in 2013.

Before joining Veterinary Specialists Scotland in 2019, Ambra worked in private referral practices in England and as a lecturer at The University of Edinburgh. Her interests lie in regional and total intravenous anaesthesia and she also performs acupuncture.

Why join our team?

Veterinary Specialists Scotland is a new and thriving multi-disciplinary referral hospital located near Edinburgh. Our team of dedicated Specialists, nurses and support teams are committed to delivering excellence in care to patients and clients from across Scotland, Northern England and further afield.

Our hospital benefits from:

  • Multiple fully equipped operating theatres
  • Extensive imaging capabilities including MRI, 64 slice CT scanner with cardiac gating, X-ray, endoscopy, ultrasound and fluoroscopy
  • ICU
  • Gold cat-friendly clinic accreditation awarded by the ISFM
  • Vastly experienced team and collaboration where a multi-disciplinary approach is required

Situated in Livingston and conveniently located just off the M8 motorway, our hospital is within easy reach of both Edinburgh and Glasgow, making it an ideal location for those who love to explore vibrant cities, festivals, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For those who prefer outdoor activities, the mountains, countryside and coastline are also close by.

As part of the Linnaeus network, we are the largest group of specialist-led referral practices in the UK and Ireland. With over 120 interns and 90 residents working across the group, there are endless career opportunities available. As part of Mars Veterinary Health, we are dedicated to delivering excellence and making A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.

What does a Veterinary Specialists Scotland Rotating Internship intern do/what should you expect?

Our hospital provides a variety of disciplines that interns can rotate through, including internal canine and feline medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, anaesthesia and analgesia, imaging, soft tissue surgery, cardiology, dermatology, and orthopaedics. We take pride in having a high success rate of interns moving on to residencies or specific internships after completing their one-year rotating internship with us.

As a Rotating Intern, you will work closely with our team of Specialists and have the opportunity to be heavily involved in case management, diagnostic investigations, surgical procedures, and in-patient care. Our internship program will help you develop your career and expand your clinical knowledge, skills, and experience. You will be encouraged to participate in clinical research, in-person CPDs, journal clubs, in-house Specialist lectures and seminars. We also provide regular seminars delivered by Linnaeus Specialists so that you can benefit from more didactic teaching.

By joining Veterinary Specialists Scotland as a rotating Intern, you will become part of a network of Specialist-led referral practices and gain access to over 120 Specialist pathway internships and residencies. Apply now to take your career to the next level!

What are we looking for?

We are seeking highly motivated veterinary surgeons with registerable veterinary degrees from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and at least one year of postgraduate experience in a small animal practice to join our internship programme.

How else will you benefit?

We take pride in empowering you to advance in your career. Many of our past interns have moved on to pursue discipline-specific internships and residencies, resulting in a high success rate. At Veterinary Specialists Scotland and throughout our group, there are plenty of chances to take the next step and become a resident. We can also help you develop your clinical skills further to advance your primary care practice career.

Whatever path you choose, you will also benefit from the following:

  • Excellent in-clinic training from Specialists in our multi-disciplinary practices
  • 1:1 mentoring with a trained mentor within a framework of monthly mentoring sessions
  • Regular check-in meetings with the Linnaeus Internship and Residency Manager
  • Small group seminar teaching
  • Monthly intern film reading sessions
  • Professional skills development
  • Research skills training
  • Support to undertake clinical research
  • RCVS Knowledge Library subscription for journal access
  • RECOVER online basic and advanced life support training
  • Career development workshop
  • Unrivalled network of specialist-led referral practices and over 120 specialist pathway internship and residency training posts
  • Access to careers within our network of excellent primary care practices.

Join our team!

Applications for our January 2025 internship programme are open, click here to find out more and apply.