The career opportunities are endless.

Why join Linnaeus?

As a veterinary graduate we recognise that picking your first job is a big step. At Linnaeus, we are committed to providing excellence in all aspects of veterinary care and investing in top talent of the future, by offering a path for graduates to transition from classroom to consulting room in a structured and supported way.

As a rapidly growing UK-wide veterinary group investing significantly in the future of our industry, we offer scope to enjoy a rewarding career path through a range of highly respected vet practices with individual brands serving different client bases across the UK.

Through our two-year Graduate Development Programme, we’ll help you fulfil your potential as an exceptional vet.

About the Graduate Development Programme (GDP)

Our immersive Graduate Development Programme (GDP) has been crafted to develop you in all areas of your career, both clinical and non-clinical. We have gone to great lengths to integrate and align our programme with the RCVS PDP Competencies to ensure you experience the best available in our industry.

The programme comprises 8 clinical & 8 non-clinical learning events over a two-year period. In addition to our 16-days of learning, you will be able to reserve a number of days to book your own CPD in line with your interests. You will have an in-practice mentor to ensure you are getting the support you need. They will help you develop to your potential and provide support with completion of your RCVS PDP.

The programme will see you working with a plethora of highly-respected internal and external specialists and senior vets to develop, hone and embed your clinical and behavioural skills. You’ll also develop your team building skills and have exposure in the day-to-day running of a modern practice.

We’ll help you take the transformational journey ‘From Classroom to Consulting Room’ as smoothly as possible.

How you’ll benefit

Linnaeus has already seen a number of graduates progress within the group and we’re always on the look-out for future talent to join us. We are passionate and committed to supporting you to develop yourself and your career. You will have the opportunity to share your ideas and help shape our continued commitment to developing new treatments and technological advancements in the industry. You’ll benefit from:

  • A development programme aligned to RCVS PDP
  • Refine your clinical skills and develop exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Plenty of support from your practice, your wider team and from other vets around the group
  • Peer group support
  • Delayed introduction to out-of-hours work, where applicable
  • Additional CPD
  • Competitive salary & benefits
  • A wide range of brands and locations to choose where you work

You’ll have plenty of scope to develop your career however you choose with many options ahead of you:

  • 1st opinion vet
  • Senior/ Lead Vet
  • Clinical Director
  • Internship
  • Resident
  • Referral Specialist

Our Journey

Our Graduate Development Programme

Year 1

Clinical Skills Sessions such as:

  • Emergency & surgical topics
  • Common medical problems
  • Anaesthesia & Critical care
  • Practical dentistry

Professional Skills Sessions such as:

  • Personal leadership
  • Confidence in the consult room
  • Delivering bad news & managing difficult conversations
  • Working in a High-Performing Team 

The programme is designed and aligned with the RCVS PDP Competencies.

Therefore, it is expected that by the end of year one, you will have completed a high percentage of your PDP log.

End of 1st Year Celebration

Year 2

Clinical Skills Sessions such as:

  • Surgery & medicine topics for your 2nd year
  • Focus on oncology & 'exotic' species
  • Orthopaedic problem solving
  • Imaging

Professional Skills Sessions such as:

  • Resilience and Personal Effectiveness
  • Learning to Lead & the Key to Motivating Others
  • Principles of quality management
  • Onwards and upwards

The two year programme also includes on the job learning with access to events such as clinical clubs and networking events, as well as a special celebration following completion of the programme.

Our Practices

Linnaeus invest in quality practices who put patient care at the heart of everything they do. We are incredibly proud of each and every member of our diverse portfolio, from the UK’s most respected small animal referral centres to our selection of high quality first opinion practices.

Calder Vets

13 practices across Yorkshire

  • Dewsbury
  • Mirfield
  • Wakefield
  • Sandal
  • Huddersfield
  • Brighouse
  • Horbury
  • Heckmondwike
  • Tingley
  • Penistone
  • Denby Dale
  • Waterloo

Shires Vets

5 practices across North Midlands

  • Stone
  • Eaton Park
  • Eccleshall
  • Gnosall
  • Loggerheads


6 practices across Warwickshire

  • Warwick
  • Southam
  • Kenilworth
  • Wellesbourne
  • Stratford
  • Leamington

Cherrydown Vets

3 practices across Essex

  • Basildon
  • Stanford-Le-Hope
  • Wickford

Village Vet

29 practices across the South East

  • Ealing
  • Finchley
  • Maida Vale
  • St Johns Wood
  • Hampstead
  • Primrose Hill
  • Highgate
  • Garden Suburb
  • Highbury
  • Kensal Green
  • Palmers Green
  • Southgate
  • Winchmore Hill
  • Brookmans Park
  • Potters Bar
  • St Albans (Cayton)
  • Cottenham
  • Longstanton
  • Meldreth
  • Milton
  • Royston
  • Whittlesford
  • Chiswick Petcare
  • Brackenbury Petcare
  • Brook Green Petcare
  • Queens Park Petcare
  • St Helens Petcare
  • Metrovet
  • Well Animal Clinic

Moor Cottage Hospital

Moor Cottage Veterinary Hospital is based in Binfield, Bracknell it has been serving the local community for over 50 years. 

Clarke and Marshall

Clarke and Marshall Veterinary Surgery of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, providing a range of veterinary services for small animals and family pets.

Donnachie & Townley

2 practices based in Rugeley and the surrounding area

  • Rugeley
  • Stafford

Heathcote Veterinary Centre

Heathcote Veterinary Centre is a companion animal practice located in Whitnash, Leamington Spa.

Spinney Lodge Vets

3 practices based in Northampton and the surrounding area

  • Spinney Lodge Hospital
  • Wootton Fields
  • Abbey Centre

Blythwood Vets

4 practices based in outer North West London

  • Hatch End
  • Bushey
  • Northwood
  • Stanmore

Cathcart and Winn

2 practices based in Hampshire and Surrey

  • Farnham
  • Aldershot

Southfields Veterinary Specialist Referrals

Southfields Veterinary Specialists are passionate about ensuring the best possible outcome and the highest standards of veterinary care for pets and providing a seamless service to owners and their referring vets.

We welcome patient referrals from veterinary surgeons who wish to access our multi-disciplinary services,

Our services include anaesthesia and analgesia, cardiology and cardiopulmonary, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, oncology, radiotherapy, orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery.

Eastcott Vets

3 branches across Swindon. Peter, Richard and the Eastcott team warmly welcome you and your pets to Eastcott Vets. We are all committed to providing the very best of care for pets in Swindon and the surrounding areas. In addition, we now offer our expertise to vets throughout the country via our Veterinary Referrals service. 

Cinque Ports Vets

Cinque Ports, originating from a traditional mixed practice in Rye, Sussex in the 1930s has grown to now comprise seven sites across Kent and Sussex with six being focused on first opinion small animal practice and four focused on equine. Cinque Port Vets’ association with Milbourn Equine goes back to the 1970s and the two joined forces in 2005 to become one of the leading first opinion equine surgeries in the South East

Willows Veterinary Centre

Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service is one of the leading specialist veterinary centres for small animals in the UK. Providing specialist referral services in: orthopaedics, ophthalmology, neurology, soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology and oncology as well as first opinion veterinary services.

North Downs Specialist Referrals

An internationally acknowledged centre of excellence for specialist veterinary care, providing access to one of the largest groups of recognised veterinary specialists in the UK and Europe. Committed to providing the highest levels of patient and client care.

Leadon Vale Veterinary Centre

Leadon Vale is a mixed practice animal practice situated in Ledbury, Herefordshire.  The practice is well-established in the county and have been serving the local farming and companion animal communities for over 60 years.


Vet4Life is a small animal practice with 3 sites based across Surrey and Middlesex with branches in Teddington, Shepperton and Surbiton.  The practice offers a range of first opinion services and has grown fairly rapidly since it was formed in 2010 with plans to continue to grow under Linnaeus ownership.

Brentknoll Veterinary Centre

Brentknoll Veterinary Centre is a small animal practice based in Worcester.  The practice offers a range of first opinion services and also accept referral cases in Cardiology and Internal Medicine and has been doing so for a number of years.

Greenside Veterinary Practice

A small animal and farm animal practice on the Scottish borders, Greenside offers a specialist referral Stem Cell Therapy service. Having opened in 1990, Greenside’s specialist Stem Cell Therapy service is a pioneering offering.  It was the first practice in the UK to use culture expanded mesenchymal stem cells to treat osteoarthritis in dogs and cats. They now treat more animals with regenerative medicine therapies than any other practice in the UK.

Broadway Veterinary Surgery

Based in Merseyside, Broadway is a small animal practice with three sites. Having established itself nearly 40 years ago, the practice has gone from strength to strength, growing from its original site in Bebington to then opening Wallasey in 2004 and Haswall in 2012. Broadway offer a wide range of standard first opinion services seven days a week.

AAS Veterinary Services

AAS is a first opinion small animal practice in Gloucestershire, with four sites in Abbeydale, Quedgeley, Stroud and Hucclecote.  Abbeydale Animal Hospital is the main hub of the practice offering hospitalisation facilities, medical investigation and imaging as well as normal surgery.

Wear Referrals

Wear Referrals offers high-quality services in neurology, orthopaedics, soft tissue, cardiology and internal medicine, while also providing an out of hours emergency service and canine rehabilitation provision. The practice has a well-established team of veterinary surgeons and large support team all based from their state-of-the-art referral centre in Stockton-on-Tees.

Cromwell Vets

Cromwell Vets are a well-established six branch first opinion practice based in Cambridgeshire. With practices in Cambourne, Huntingdon, Ramsey, Sawtry, St Ives and St Neots, their history in the county goes back around 100 years.

Maven Veterinary Care

Maven Veterinary Care are a high-quality small animal practice located in North Cheam, London offering a wide range of first opinion services.  Having achieved various awards in recent years, the practice have an excellent reputation with a loyal client following.  Maven Veterinary Care joins Linnaeus with plans to not only expand their premises but to continue to develop their team.

Riversmeet Veterinary Centre

Riversmeet is a well-established small animal practice with two branches based in Staffordshire.  It is Tamworth surgery is a registered veterinary nurse training practice and also offer a referral service in ophthalmology and cardiology.

Kentdale Veterinary Referrals

Kentdale is a specialist orthopaedic and spinal referral centre, based in Milnthorpe, Cumbria. It majors in orthopaedics but also offers additional services in soft tissue, oncology physiotherapy and acupuncture. Established 10 years ago by Simon and Louise Roch, Kentdale has built its reputation as a high-quality referral service in the North West and West Yorkshire receiving around 1,000 referral cases a year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not only do you have access to our comprehensive development programme, but you will also have your own mentor who will have been trained specifically to support you. They will spend time with you on a regular basis where you you will discuss how things are going, what challenges you may have faced, challenges you overcame, in fact anything you want to discuss.

The aim is to form a close working relationship to develop you to your best within the practice. Whilst you have your assigned mentor, you will quickly learn that the wider team will support you in any way they can.

Whilst it is early days to be considering the steps beyond completing your PDP, know that as a group we have many opportunities to develop – whether that is to remain in First Opinion practice or to venture into the referral specialist world, we have it all.

Not all our practices offer an out-of-hour (OOH) service. Where they do, we would not recommend you are exposed to OOH duties for at least your first month.

When you do start to open to OOH duties, you will be supported all the way and consulted with – we would not put you or the patients in a position you do not feel comfortable with.

Each practice offers additional CPD each year outside of the graduate development programme and it is down to you to identify what this might be based on your interests and aspirations.

Absolutely – we would encourage you to do so. We can put you in touch not only with former graduates, but also offer the opportunity to visit a practice and speak with their veterinary and nursing team.

Next Steps

Applications for the 2019 Linnaeus Graduate Development Programme has now closed.

If you would like to express your interest for our 2020 programme, please email [email protected].

Applications for the 2020 Graduate Development Programme will open on Monday 20th January, 2020. A portal will be available for submission of applications on this website from the opening date.

If you are interested in roles out outside our Graduate Development Programme, please email [email protected].