Your own small animal internship.

UK VetSTART is a virtual support programme designed to turn you into a confident, competent and independent veterinary professional, adapted to UK practice. 

Starting work is just the beginning...

Our biggest overwhelm and insecurities start with the unknown the first UK job. There are many challenges for us to overcome. 


UK clients have certain expectations that we don't always understand, leading us to find it difficult to run consultations and receiving client complains we don't understand. 


The way the system works is very unique and we're often caught off guard making mistakes we did not even know we were making, yet everyone expects better from us. 


The work culture and lifestyle around you are different from what you are used to, making you uncomfortable. Team work is new and sometimes hard to manage. 

Success Can Be Made

For you to develop yourself professionally in the UK, there are three pillars you must cover.

  • Clinical Competence and Personal Development

    This is about developing your professional competences but also your own personal self in order to maintain physical, emotional and mental well-being.

  • Client Communication and Satisfaction

    Working in practice means working with clients. Effective communication and client care are fundamental for you to perform and do the best for your patients.

  • Work Environment and Teamwork

    The majority of your waking hours will be spent at work. Of course you want to make sure you enjoy going to work and that you get along with your colleagues!

Inside UK VetSTART

Ongoing Support  for complete professional development


Science and Knowledge

UK-tailored professional knowledge that the University didn’t teach you about.


Avoid embarrassment in front of clients and colleagues out of pure lack of knowledge. Stop panicking when that “difficult” case comes in and you “have no idea” what’s wrong. Prepare intellectually for performing practically.




  • Weekly live webinar with revision of common clinical presentations
  • Access to our e-learning platform with foundations of clinical knowledge for UK practice and more than 20 modules
  • Weekly case discussions
  • Workshops and masterclasses on consultation skills and diagnostics

Technical competence

Joining skills and intelect to gain the practical competences required for day-to-day practice.


Become confident with routine surgery and proudly take part in the surgery rota in practice – even if you’re a beginner. Own the consultation room to achieve better patient outcomes and improve your reputation.




  • Priority access to a practical 5-day neutering training course for bitch spays in Spain
  • Discounted access to our distance-based spay simulation course with a surgical kit so you can develop your techniques skills away from practice
  • Live Q&A session on a bi-weekly basis to allow you to share all your questions
  • Interactive workshops to develop your skills
  • Weekly case discussions and challenges
  • Live imaging rounds to develop your interpretation skills and make better decisions in-practice

Achievements and goals

Preparing for the life and career you dreamed of when you decided to move to the UK and continuing growth beyond work.


Create a life outside of work that you truly enjoy and have time for. Programme your career objectives and achieve those goals to do more formation, improve your skills and receive a higher salary.




  • Interactive workshops on career planning, building resilience, mindset and health and fitness
  • Individual mentoring to maintain accountability and provide tailored advice
  • Community to share your own experiences (private Facebook Group + individual WhatsApp support)



Nurturing healthy and harmonious relationships and fighting loneliness.


Deal with angry and difficult clients easily. Have clients do as you ask without feeling forced and make them like you even more. Ask for what you want from your boss and co-workers without putting tension on the relations.




  • Interactive workshops on career communication, conflict resolution and persuasion
  • Individual mentoring to provide support and advice for specific situations
  • Community outside of work to have a sense of belonging and tribe


Transformation and adaptability

Understanding the British culture and learning to play the game by the rules so you can win it.


Understand the British culture and the “rules of the game” so you can achieve your goals. Develop empathy and stop feeling insecure, miserable and lonely in a foreign country. Stop feeling like an outsider.




  • Interactive workshops on culture awareness and integration
  • Individual mentoring to help deal with specific situations
  • Intercultural community to exchange experiences and maintain connection with home culture


To apply in real life.

The internship is provided in the form of blended learning, with live sessions, virtual workshops, imaging rounds and recorded content. Have a look at the monthly workshops below.

  • Ongoing access

    • E-learning platform with foundations of clinical practice course and more
    • Andreia’s private WhatsApp (can be used OOH for advice)
    • Discount code for distance-based spay simulation course
  • Every week

    • Live webinar on a clinical topic every Tuesday at 8PM (recorded so you can review it later)




  • Every two weeks

    • Case discussions based on workbooks on Saturdays (recorded so you can review them)
    • Imaging rounds on Saturdays (also recorded so you can review them)








  • Every month

    • Virtual workshop (Saturdays), which includes activities and workbooks and may be presented by a guest speaker – it will also be recorded so you can access it later









Your Mentor

Dr Andreia Dias MRCVS DVM MSc ISFMAdvCertFB

  • Hello, colleague

    I’m Andreia, the founder of UK VetMove. I’m also a vet by training (graduating form the University of Lisbon in 2014), and although I wanted to be a horse vet, my plans changed on my first job, which was a mixed job in Scotland. I gained experience with all species and moved onto a small animal internship at Glasgow University. I then worked as a locum in several small animal practices throughout Scotland and Portugal, which I still do.

    In 2018 I completed the ISFM Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour with Distinction and have also been working in feline-only practices (feline-friendly consultations are a thing I really enjoy!).

    UK VetMove started in 2016 and I’ve also picked up the managing reigns of VetAbroad, PracticeAid and Spay Academy Spain in 2020. I’m now much more involved in the formation and training of fellow vets, allowing me to express my true passion – teaching! I don’t have all the answers, but I will do my best to help you find them!

  • Some important marks in my career

    • Completion of my Advanced Certificate in 2018
    • Finalist of the BVA Young Vet of The Year Award 2019
    • Part of the BVA Member Benefits Committee
    • Part of the “Gabinete Jovem” of the Portuguese Order of Veterinarians
    • Speaker for the BSAVA Congress 2021

Joining the internship

Subscription Options

No subscription fee or contract. You can cancel anytime.

Basic Internship

Designed to be a taster



Limited access to the clinical revision


Limited access to Q&A sessions


Limited access to online course modules


No access to the workshops


No access to imaging rounds or clinical cases

UK VetSTART Internship

Full Experience 



Weekly clinical revisions 


Live Q&A sessions and imaging rounds


Full access to the clinical foundations course (worth £297)


All workshops are included


Private Facebook community 

Weekly clinical cases


Priority access and discount for surgery course (more than £200 discount)


Access to all previously recorded content


And we're always adding more :)

Frequently asked questions

Below you can find common questions about the internship.

Will my practice pay for this?

Do I need to pay when I register?

How much does the internship cost?

Can I cancel this at any time?

How long does the internship last for?

Is it recorded? What if I can't make it?

How much time do I need to dedicate to the internship?

What do I get when I sign up?

Can I use this internship to prepare for the RCVS exam?

I'm an employer and I want to put my employee through this programme. How do I do that?

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