Educational work


Work Experience Placements

We are happy to accept students for work experience and encourage those thinking of pursuing a career in veterinary practice to invest their time learning about the roles they are aiming for.

If you would like to apply for a work experience placement with us, please download both of the forms below, complete and return them via email at 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

                  Medical Consent 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.


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 

Provide us, where possible, with applicable dates and we will endeavour to accommodate you. 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.

Extra Mural Studies (EMS) for Veterinary Students


Biology Applied Course for A Level Students

Every academic year (usually in the Spring term) we run an applied biology course for sixth-form students.  Students are usually (but certainly not always) aiming for careers in Biosciences, Medicine or Veterinary Medicine; and must have a passion for the natural world and a desire to see their A-Level biology courses come alive.  

Previous year's sessions have included: Bacteriology, Zoo Life; Conservation or welfare, Haematology, Evolutionary Biology, Osteology, Anatomy, Pharmacology, Exercise Physiology, Suturing, and Conservation Ethics.  Details of the course are sent to local schools during the previous term, but interested students can also apply directly to the Practice. If you are studying A-Level biology and would like to be considered for this year's course, please complete an application form as soon as possible. Places are limited and successful applicants need to will demonstrate a good academic standard as well as enthusiasm. Sessions will revolve around handling real specimens and  informal directed discovery.

The 2020 Biology: Applied course will be running on a Tuesday evening from 3rd February - 31st March (excluding half term), 4.30-6.30pm. A nominal charge of £1 per student per session will be charged to help cover our costs. Students who attend regularly will be invited on a field trip at the end of the course, this year to take place on 1st April.


Forms for the 2020 course can be downloaded below.

Please return applications to Caroline Padfield Burnham House Veterinary Surgery, 33-35 Castle Street, Dover, Kent. CT16 1PT. or email to


Applications must be returned to us by Friday 24th January 2020 to be considered for the place on this years course. Successful students will be contacted by Thursday 30th January.


If you have missed this year's opportunity, you can still apply for the next course and your details will be held on record, however you must still be an AS level/ A level student at the time you attend the course.

Biology Applied information for students

Biology Applied Application Form


Canine First Aid and Other Talks

We occasionally (approximately bi-annually) offer canine first aid sessions to owners and community groups. This 2-3 hour evening session gives owners to confidence to deal with common first aid problems prior to arriving at the vets.  

We publish the dates on these on our website and Facebook page. We also accept registrations of interest if you would like to attend a course in the future. 

If you have a different topic you would like a presentation or talk on, we would love to know! We are happy to try and fit around school syllabuses, community group plans, etc and regularly give talks to groups, for example cub scouts and women's institute.


Primary & Secondary School Visits & Talks

We offer free of charge visits to primary and secondary schools, where our vets are happy to talk about pet care, wildlife and many other topics. We can take guidance from your school's syllabus or come up with a topic just for you! We have a large collection of natural history items such as bones which we can bring to show children, and sometimes we may be able to bring wildlife or pets for the children to meet.

If you would like us to come to your school, please read the leaflet below about what we can offer you, and then get in touch to discuss possible dates and topics. We look forward to hearing from you!


              Leaflet on School Visit topics

Updated April 2020