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Work Experience placements

If you would like to apply for a work experience placement with us, please download both of the forms below, complete and return them to Laura Wilson RVN at the Castle Street surgery. Please be aware that these slots fill up very quickly - particularly during academic holidays - so you are advised to apply as early as possible.
Application Form for Work Experience

Reference Form for Work Experience

Placements are based at our main surgery in Dover. We take students in week-long blocks (Monday to Friday) as follows:

  • Age 15-16 (Years 10 and 11) - one week
  • Age 16-18 (Years 12 and 13) - one week if first visit, two weeks if been before
  • Current veterinary students - up to eight weeks, usually two or four (see below)

Mature students or those considering a career change to working with animals should contact the surgery for advice. We are unable to accommodate single days.


Please note that we will only deal with enquiries from students themselves - a parent may enquire as to the application process but afterwards the application is the student's own responsibility. Please do not ring us on your child's behalf; we want students who can stand on their own two feet and are motivated enough to see their application through. Please also remember that we receive many more applications than we could ever accommodate and we will often recommend that you re-apply if you have a good application but we simply do not have space for you.



Clinical EMS ("Seeing Practice")

We accept applications from UK and overseas veterinary students for Clinical Extra-Mural Studies in Small Animal and/or Exotic Medicine and Surgery.  We are also an intra-mural rotations (IMR) practice for the University of Surrey Veterinary School.  Application for EMS is by way of CV and covering letter to the Head Nurse, Laura Wilson RVN at  Occasionally we have accommodation available for students working with us, please mention this in your application if you are coming to us from further afield.



Health and Safety

We are a busy working veterinary practice and have a responsibility to ensure that our working environment is as safe as possible for all our staff and visitors. A consent form for Work Experience will be required in advance of any placement, signed by a parent or guardian if you are under 18. Students will also be required to complete a short health & safety induction at the beginning of their placement.


We want students to enjoy their time with us and hope they will understand the need for health & safety regulation for all staff. The best way to get the most out of any placement is to be enthusiastic and co-operative; in the past, some of our best Work Experience students have ended up as employees! Indeed, this is now the only route by which we take on Animal Nursing Assistants and Student Veterinary Nurses as competition for employment in Training Practices has become so competitive.


We participate regularly in local events, careers fairs, etc and several of the staff give talks to schools and colleges on working with animals and careers in the veterinary industry.  If you have any questions about this or any aspect of our Work Experience programme, Laura will be happy to speak to you.

Updated 19/01/17 kw