This is an exciting opportunity to join the frank. Pet Surgeons team in a 12- month internship based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Our surgical intern program is aimed at motivated veterinary surgeons, who will play a key role in the management, monitoring, and treatment of our patients. This is an exciting opportunity for a recent veterinary graduate or an individual with equivalent experience to enhance their surgical skills in a dynamic and supportive environment. The selected candidate will work closely with our experienced surgical team, gaining hands-on experience in a variety of surgical procedures.

An insight into the internship

The schedule within the hospital will encompass a mix of theatre-based and consult-based days. Activities during these days will include participating in surgical procedures alongside Surgeons in the operating theatre, facilitating the post-surgery discharge of pets, conducting re-check appointments, and coordinating the processing of pets through the hospital for follow-up radiographs. Additionally, responsibilities will extend to composing referral letters.

During on-call weeks, the intern will provide support to the Out-Of-Hours (OOH) staff as needed. Simultaneously, the intern will be stationed in the hospital on Saturdays and Sundays, focusing on discharging pets and admitting emergency cases. The role will involve scrubbing into theatre for emergency cases requiring immediate attention during Out-Of-Hours periods.

Hospital-based weeks will operate from Monday to Friday, spanning from 8 am to 7 pm. On-call weeks will entail availability from 7:30 pm to 8 am, Monday to Sunday, with remote duties during these hours. Additionally, the intern will be present in the hospital on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm. It's essential to note that our facility does not provide emergency Out-Of-Hours services for general cases but specifically caters to our referral patients during these times.

Why choose us for your internship

It is our mission to make specialist surgical care more accessible.

Our specialist surgical teams are up to date with the latest surgical techniques, and routinely carry out highly complex surgeries, enabling us to confidently take on the most challenging cases.

Everything we do is backed up by a unique Surgical Complications Guarantee that covers any complications arising from surgery within 6 months of the procedure. We have fixed price packages for all of our procedures.

A surgical internship is the first step towards specialist training. The skills and knowledge you will acquire during the internship can be brought to a general practice setting. During the internship there will be a structured program of teaching, including induction, seminars, journal clubs and presentations. We also encourage our surgery interns to prepare and publish scientific research and/or surgical related audit.

Advanced facilities to advance your future

Frank. Pet Surgeons is a leading and progressive veterinary clinic dedicated to providing high-quality care to our patients. With a team of skilled veterinarians and support staff, we strive to create a compassionate and nurturing environment for both our patients and their owners. As a well-established practice, we are committed to continuous learning and professional development.

We have 5 Surgeons (4 Specialists), 1 Resident, 4 Surgical Interns, 15 RVNs, 5 ACAs and 8 Support staff.

As a surgical intern you will always provide care for the patients, working on a rota with other veterinary Surgeons. In addition, you will work under the supervision of the surgeon to develop your surgical skills.

The role is currently working a 4-week rota. Two of the weeks will be theatre based, supporting the surgeon in theatre. The hours will be 8am-7pm Monday to Friday. The third week will again be based in the hospital carrying out consults. The hours will be 8am-7pm Monday to Friday. The fourth week will be an on-call week. No commitment during the day Monday to Friday, but on call (from home) from 7.30pm-8am Monday to Sunday evenings. The intern will be based at the hospital Saturday and Sunday when they are on call, and this will be 7.30am-7.30pm.

What you’ll need

  • Member of the RCVS
  • Previous experience in general practice and a rotating internship
  • Previous experience in a referral practice is preferred
  • Good English Language, both verbal and written
  • Good communication skills

Because our employee’s matter

We recognise that our people are fundamental to the success of our business. Investing in our people, premises and processes is at the heart of what we do. In addition to a competitive salary of £31,800, you will benefit from:

Worklife balance

  • 6.6 weeks annual leave
  • Your birthday as a paid day off


  • Private medical insurance
  • Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Initiatives focused on employee wellbeing
  • Non-accidental injury support


  • Generous CPD allowance with 5 days paid
  • Learning and development opportunities via the IVC Evidensia Academy
  • Access to Vetlexicon – our online encyclopaedia provider
  • All our Vets & Nurses can apply for research funding
  • All our Vets get £1000 per annum to spend via our Care Fund
  • Infection Prevention and Control Programme
  • Quality Improvement Programme

Professional Memberships

  • BVA membership
  • VDS cover
  • RCVS fees


  • Pawsome Benefits – reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with 100’s of retailers
  • Pension – 5% Employee/3% Employer
  • Discounted staff pet care

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.