Internships Programme

Paragon Veterinary Referrals a leading state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary small animal referral centre, based in Wakefield. We are committed to providing outstanding levels of clinical care for small animals referred to us by veterinary surgeons across the UK, and offer an extensive range of clinical services, facilities and equipment, able to accept referrals in every discipline.
Home to a Specialist-led clinical team of dedicated veterinary surgeons and highly skilled veterinary nurses, we offer the highest levels of expertise and capability, and treat clients and patients alike with compassion, respect and care.

Why join Paragon?

This one-year Internship at Paragon in beautiful West Yorkshire provides an amazing opportunity for learning and personal development and can act as a stepping stone towards small animal residencies and other postgraduate programs both in the UK and overseas. Despite our internship being only 5 years old we have had more than 30% of our interns progress to residency programmes within universities, private practice and at Paragon itself.

The Paragon internship programme lasts 54 weeks, the first two weeks of which consists of an extensive induction prior to commencement of the Internship proper.

Interns rotate through a range of disciplines including: Internal Medicine, Soft Tissue Surgery, Orthopaedics, Anaesthesia, Oncology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology and Neurology. Interns will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of anaesthesia, analgesia, and intensive care. Interns have the opportunity to be involved in a research project leading to publication of a paper in a peer-reviewed journal.

Interns will be exposed to a wide variety of cases and develop their skills and knowledge through experiential learning supported by case-based teaching.  There is weekly case-related tuition from Specialists and Residents, in addition to a structured CPD program including clinical teaching, research skills and career planning.

Our Interns have the benefit of five weeks’ holiday plus your birthday off, time off in lieu for any Public Holidays worked, CPD funding, paid membership of RCVS and a company pension scheme.

Applications for our January 2025 internship programme are open.

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More reasons to join Paragon:

35% of completed interns  go on to do residencies

38% to university

38% stay at Paragon

Join our family

Paragon are proud to be part of the Linnaeus group of practices. Our rotating internship programmes at Linnaeus are structured with a thorough induction, ongoing support and an internship hospital handbook, internship learning planning guide and mentoring programme to help you find your way when you start. You will learn an incredible amount from the cases you see as part of your clinical rotations and regular seminars within the practice.

For more information or to apply, click here , where you’ll be directed to the Linnaeus website.

Meet our Rotating Internship Director, Siân Harries

When the hospital opened five years ago, Siân Harries joined Paragon as a Dermatologist and Internship Director. She has since led the development of the internship programme at Paragon.

Siân graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London and is an advanced practitioner in dermatology. She is on the committee of the BVDSG (British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group) and a member of the ESVD (European Society of Veterinary Dermatology). Siân enjoys all areas of dermatology and particularly the challenge of tailoring long-term management plans for patients with allergic skin diseases. She also has a keen interest in ear disease

Applications for our January 2025 internship programme are open.


What does an intern do?

Interns are a vital part of the referral practice team. They assist with diagnostic investigations, surgical procedures and inpatient care. Learning is primarily via case-based teaching as patients are managed within the practice. Interns also attend journal and book clubs to broaden their understanding and foster critical thinking skills. Regular seminars are delivered by our specialists so that interns can benefit from more didactic teaching. There are frequent opportunities to give short presentations on a clinical topic, interesting case or research project. As they rotate through the disciplines they undertake day, night and weekend work.

Interns are encouraged to undertake clinical research within rotating or discipline-specific programmes, with the aim of presentation at an international conference or publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

To find out more about our internship programmes at Linnaeus and how we can support your career pathway, click here.

Applications for our January 2025 internship programme are open.

"I started at Paragon Referrals when it first opened in 2017 and have progressed through the rotating internship and surgical internship to become surgery resident. The broad knowledge gained through my internships has been invaluable and has allowed me to progress to my current position. As an intern you have direct mentoring and support with scientific writing and publishing, active involvement in complex cases and regular in house and external teaching. Having had the opportunity to work with multiple cohorts of our interns it is incredible to see how far their skills and confidence have developed by the end of their internship. Aside from the wealth of clinical expertise, my favourite part of working at Paragon is our team, the people are awesome."

- Dan Kenny BVSc CertAVP MRCVS ECVS | Clinician in Small Animal Surgery

"I joined Paragon last year just after graduation and honestly didn’t know what to expect. Over the last year I have worked alongside an amazing team on a wide variety of interesting cases and learned more than I thought was possible! I cannot recommend Paragon and the wonderful people here highly enough! ’’

- Katie Walsh, Rotating Intern

"I started an internship to expand my knowledge and as a I was keen to progress into a residence. I would recommend the rotating internship to anyone who want to learn the correct method to work and wants to provide veterinary excellence to their patients. The team is friendly and genuinely interested in your development’’

- Valentina Granziera DVM GPCert (oncol) | Oncology Resident at North West
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Contact us

If you would like to discuss our internship programme further before applying, please contact our Internship Director Siân Harries [email protected]

Applications for our January 2025 internship programme are open. To register, please click here.