Internship in Poultry Medicine and Production

Leading poultry health internship in an innovative practice Interns will have the opportunity to work within Poultry Health Services (PHS). Poultry is the most innovative and dynamic sector in modern agriculture and PHS recognises its responsibility to ensure the sector is serviced by a modern, efficient and forward thinking veterinary service. The company consists of seven strategically located practices in York, Sutton Bonington, Leominster, Hereford, Garstang, Wrexham and Dalton which are served by 15 specialised poultry veterinarians. PHS offers internationally acclaimed veterinary care for all poultry keepers, backed by a full range of diagnostic capabilities as required by modern poultry keepers. The team delivers high quality services across large and small layers, broiler producers and gamebirds. PHS is the only primary breeder and hatchery specialists in the UK. The company has UK and international clients in Russia, Kenya, Zambia and Brazil. We actively encourage post graduate degrees and engagement in poultry veterinary associations. Some of the qualifications that our veterinarians have include Certificates in Poultry Medicine and Production, Certificate in Welfare Ethics and Law, Certificate in Laboratory Animal Science and MBA and Masters in Meat Science and Technology. We are also proud of having trained the first European Diplomate in Poultry Medicine in 2013. PHS acts as veterinary consultants for a number of poultry operations in the UK including:

  • Broilers
  • Broiler breeders
  • Commercial layers
  • Turkeys
  • Ducks
  • Gamebirds
  • Hatcheries
  • Layer breeders
  • Layer replacements

PHS also supports the international primary breeding and genetic program for a duck integrator in Europe and Middle East and acts as consultant for pharmaceutical companies and integrators worldwide. At the end of the internship the successful applicant will have achieved a good working knowledge of the structure of the poultry industry, from breeding through to processing in all domestic poultry species. An understanding of the relationship between bird health and welfare, farm management, nutrition, biosecurity, cleaning and disinfection procedures and vaccination procedures will also be gained. We offer a dedicated mentoring process to ensure that interns meet their training goals. The interns will gain an in depth knowledge of the most significant poultry diseases with an emphasis placed on epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation and lesions, diagnosis, control and treatment. They will gain the necessary skills, understanding and confidence to perform the appropriate routine diagnostic procedures unsupervised, including sample collection to properly investigate the most common clinical cases. During their time with the group, the applicant will achieve sufficient working knowledge of the available databases and software to interpret and input clinical data and develop the ability to generate the necessary reports and treatment regimes for the business they are working with.

Areas covered in the programme:

Industry structure and poultry production including: Broiler breeders  ̶  Broilers  ̶  Commercial layers   Turkeys  ̶  Game birds  ̶  Ducks Hands on experience including visits to: Poultry units  ̶  Feed mills  ̶  Primary breed stock suppliers  ̶  Hatcheries Key poultry diseases: Epidemiology  ̶  Diagnosis  ̶  Treatment and control  ̶   Prevention Diagnostic procedures: Clinical inspections  ̶  Necropsy examination Coccidiosis  screening  ̶  Pododermatitis/gait scoring Sampling techniques Blood sampling  ̶  Tracheal and cloacal swabbing  Organ sampling  ̶  FTA paper impressions    Water sampling  ̶  Environmental sampling Laboratory diagnostics Bacteriology  ̶  Serology  ̶  Histopathology   Microbiology  ̶  Molecular diagnostics Data management Data input and reporting  ̶  Veterinary medicines prescriptions

Download details of the 2019-2020 programme here


From our first intern, Leni Corrand, who was the first European Poultry Diplomate through examination after completing the internship with us. Leni became a vet partner in his Practice in France this year (January 2018). “I followed the one-year poultry internship program in 2011/2012 at the York branch, a few years after my veterinary graduation in France. This internship allowed me to be exposed to daily clinical veterinary poultry work (necropsies, farm visits, laboratory diagnosis, vaccines and drug uses) under the supervision of knowledgeable colleagues. My time was also organised for me to discover different structures of the poultry industries (hatcheries, diagnostic laboratories, vaccines manufacturers, universities) and allowed to easily meet members of the British poultry veterinary world in professional meetings across the country. The internship year was officially recognised as part of my 5-semester Residency program for the European College of Poultry Veterinary Sciences (ECPVS) and ended up successfully with my certification as a European Diplomate.”