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Poultry Internship

Two poultry internships currently available

St David’s Poultry team are offering post graduate internships for new graduates or recently graduated vets. This unique opportunity will allow you to fully experience this multi-faceted industry whilst being supported and mentored by our experienced team of Poultry Vets.

About the Internship

The internship will be 6 months in duration and your primary base will be at the head office in Lympstone, near Exeter. During your time with us you will receive formal tutorials and practical on farm training in all aspects of Poultry Veterinary medicine.

Tutorials are on a weekly basis and our aim is to formally cover a large range of poultry and game bird topics. This is then backed up by practical on farm visits. Time will be spent at all of our 12 poultry bases across the UK and Ireland. This will allow you to fully experience all aspects of our business and be tutored by some of the leading poultry professionals.

Why Choose St David’s?

Our expert team of veterinary surgeons consists of 19 poultry and game vets and are led by directors Richard Turner and Alan Beynon. With over thirty years’ experience in poultry and game medicine, we have gathered a wealth of knowledge and continue to develop innovative solutions to help clients achieve better results.

St David’s Poultry Team offers customers a complete service for all poultry veterinary requirements. We operate on a ‘hands-on,’ approach, providing clients with health care programmes tailored to their individual needs and requirements. In doing so, we aim to be proactive rather than reactive, focusing on preventative measures and strategic health planning with regular site visits and routine monitoring where required. This approach has enabled us to become one of the leading Poultry practices in the UK and Ireland, with first class vets and fantastic career opportunities.

If you would like to apply for an internship position please send a covering letter and CV to

Veterinary Surgeon Ben South joined St David’s Poultry Team in 2016. He discusses what he likes about working for the business and in particular, working for an independent practice. 

” I am lucky enough to currently find myself working in the commercial poultry sector which, without doubt, is undervalued and under taught at an undergraduate level. The daily poultry work is task based rather than timed constrained, completing pre-scheduled site visits within the day. This structure is rare to find outside of the profession. I enjoy the direct approach we have to diagnosis and care completing onsite post mortems and running our own laboratory work. The poultry industry has great respect for vets and understands the importance of our support. The industry is leading the way in livestock production, welfare and antibiotic reduction, yet the level of naivety that both the general public and other vets still have towards poultry production always surprises me.

The practice I work for is proud to be private and relishes the ability to explore new initiatives within the industry. PrognostiX is just one example, utilising wireless sensor technology to aid vets in their ability to predict health and prevent disease outbreaks on farm. I enjoy the opportunity to challenge my peers and present new ideas directly to the owners. Of course there are times where I will get things wrong as I continue to learn, but with the close support of the rest of the team I can only improve and learn from my experiences.

Working in private practice provides more opportunities to progress in my career and gain more responsibility within the practice as my experience and confidence grows.”