Surgical Intern

Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital is currently seeking a veterinary graduate, with a degree that can be registered with the Veterinary Council of Ireland for the position of Intern in Small Animal Surgery. This position will suit someone who is enthusiastic to improve their knowledge and experience of small animal surgery. The successful candidate will work under the guidance of two full-time European Diplomates in Small Animal Surgery graduate.

Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital is a combined referral and first opinion small animal hospital based in Cork city. We accept referrals of soft tissue, orthopaedic and neurological surgical cases. We have visiting European specialists in Internal Medicine, Imaging and Cardiology. GVH has in-house CT, fluoroscopy, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, digital radiography, ultra-sound, an extensive laboratory service and visiting MRI. We also have a full-time night/weekend vet-nurse team to manage in-house patients.

Apply for Surgical Intern

To apply for the Surgical intern position, email Gilabbey Veterinary hospital at for attention of Shane Guerin.


  • Degree that can be registered with the Veterinary Council of Ireland
  • Good written and spoken English
  • Focus and determination
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong References
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member
  • A minimum of 1-2 yrs post graduate experience in small animal practice or completion of a rotating internship. Exceptional new graduates may be considered.


The selected intern is expected to play a key role within the surgical team. This will involve daily management of in-patients, admitting new patients, diagnostic procedures, administering sedation and general anaesthesia under the supervision of senior staff, assisting in surgery and discharging surgical cases. The successful candidate will be expected to communicate with hospital staff, clients and referring veterinary surgeons through verbal and written communication. Maintaining hospital records with appropriate clinical information and pricing is important. Interns are expected to attend weekly Journal club meetings.


Working hours

Monday to Friday 8.00am to 7.00pm except when managing intensive care cases or emergency surgery. A dedicated night time and weekend team of staff is available in the hospital to manage in-house cases and emergencies. The successful applicant will be expected to take part in the hospital weekend rotas . This will involve a 1:6 Saturday morning clinical service from 8am to 1pm, and 3:12 Sat/Sunday emergency clinical service from 1 – 7pm Saturday and 8am to 7pm Sunday.

12 month contract.