If you are seeking veterinary internships in Ireland this is the opportunity of a lifetime!

This programme is offered in partnership with a not for profit NGO established in 2010 working for the general advancement of wildlife protection and rehabilitation in Ireland. The centre in based in Navan near the historic Hill of Tara and less than hour outside Dublin city.

The centre features 23 dorms, dining areas as well as an adventure centre which offers such sports as archery, kayaking, wake boarding, orienteering and much more.

Every weekend the centre welcomes international backpackers as well as school groups, summer camps and youth groups.

General responsibilities include serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, light cleaning duties, reception assistance and managing reservations.

The working week is 5 days a week, 35 hours a week, 7 hours a day. Each day includes a one-hour lunch and a smaller 15-minute break. Any hours outside of the agreed hours are paid for.

Assistants also enjoy 2 days off per week to enjoy the facilities, socialise or travel to Galway city for shopping or cultural activities.

This programme offers you the opportunity to work in an exciting environment with staff from all over the world, with some coming for the summer months from European colleges or on Erasmus+ programmes.


The successful applicant will ideally have a degree or equivalent experience in the area of Veterinary, Biology, Zoology, or a related field. Preference will be given to applicants with previous roles in or work experience in wildlife rehabilitation.

Applicants must be comfortable with public speaking, giving direction/teaching, and using Microsoft Office.

Being organised and self-motivated is essential. Applicants should be agile with a good sense of balance in order to manoeuvre around the enclosures and holding areas and must be able to lift 25 kilograms. Applicants must possess the ability to adapt to an ever-changing work environment, and be available to work long hours, nights, weekends, and holidays for the duration of their stay. Applicants must be over 18. Ideally the suitable candidate will have a clean driving record and a driver’s license that is valid in Ireland.

Duties Include;

  • Assist in coordination of releases and other conservation events.
  • Management of wildlife records database.
  • Managing specific programs within the organisation.
  • Hospital inventory and stock checks.
  • Supervising and participating in daily animal diet preparations, routine cleaning of enclosures, giving medical treatments, tube feeding, and maintenance of the grounds.
  • Overseeing daily operation of hospital and visitor centre, medical treatment plans and upgrading animals and diets with other managers.
  • Assist and coordinate rescue of sick, injured & orphaned wildlife including assisting with the wildlife helpline.
  • Participate in educational talks and tours.
  • Provide assistance to the Animal Manager, Hospital Manager, and other management as needed.
  • Assisting with fundraisers, educational events, clerical duties, and office work as needed
  • Representing Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland at networking events

This fast paced, full-time position is for a minimum of 3 months but we would encourage and will prioritise those able to stay for a longer period.


Successful applicants will be in shared accommodation (2 – 3 per room) at a weekly cost of €80. Interns will be required to provide and cook their own food. They will also be responsible for their own travel and associated expenses.


The application process takes from four to six weeks.

Once you return your application form our internship team will then start contacting our partners to find the perfect internship for you following a deposit payment of 50% of the placement fee.

Once we find an internship for you and you are happy with our choice of company and location, we will then liaise with your chosen company to confirm internship and request the necessary documentation.

We will also arrange a Skype interview if necessary.

Once you agreed on a start date, we will then invoice you the balance for the placement fee.

If you decide to cancel your internship before the start date, our cancellation policy applies.

When you complete your internship the company will then provide a Certificate of Completion and a work reference.

A minimum level Intermediate (B1) is required for our Internship in Ireland programme.

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