Project Description

As part of our commitment to education and support of our local community we offer a limited number of places for school work experience. Our high standards of care, vast array of diagnostic tools and extensive medical and surgical services allow placement students an insight into the day to day activities of a busy high quality Veterinary Hospital. Students that wish to see practice should be committed, interested and enthusiastic. We encourage questions and would stress that what you get out of your time at Charter Veterinary Hospital Group depends on what you put in. Successful students will be offered a one week placement.

What you can expect:

From a  health & safety perspective, veterinary practice is seen as a high risk environment with unpredictable animals that bite and scratch, ionising regulations, gaseous anaesthesia, sharp instruments, medicines, infectious agents, and very stressful and emotional situations. This means that the role of the work experience student is largely one of observation rather than participation.

Tasks undertaken by students on placement include:

  • Assisting the Nurses and Animal Nursing Assistants, feed, walk and tend to the patients’ needs

  • Cleaning kennels, utensils, floors and work surfaces

  • Washing and drying bedding and laundry

  • Observing Veterinary Surgeons and Nurses administer treatment and medications

  • Observing procedures and minor operations

  • Observing Hydrotherapy

  • Helping with the daily disinfecting and cleaning regime

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Students in Years 10 & 11

If you are a local, North Devon student in Years 10 or 11 the first step is to attend one of our Careers in Veterinary Practice talks.

The dates for our 2019 talks are confirmed as:

Tuesday 29 October at Mullacott Veterinary Practice – FULLY BOOKED

Wednesday 13 November at Charter Veterinary Hospital – location details here – at 18:45

Please book a place by emailing

Places are issued on a first come, first served basis – each student may bring an accompanying person with them.

Students in Years 12 & 13

If you are in Years 12 or 13 and wish to apply for a work placement with us, please download, complete and return the application form to or by post to Aimie Lane, Charter Veterinary Hospital Group, Charter Court, Roundswell Barnstaple EX31 3FG.

Please include in your application the dates you would like to come for work placement. If we can accommodate these dates, you will be entered into our selection process.

Download an application form