Work experience

We also accept school pupils (aged 16 or above) who are interested in a career in equine nursing or veterinary science on work experience placements. These may be part of their formal school work experience or arranged informally during school / college vacations. We also take occasional students from Equine Studies Courses.

Students will work alongside the veterinary nursing team in the equine hospital. Each student can spend 1 week with us. Placements offered are on an observational basis, although some horse handling may be expected.

Work wear should be suitable for yard situations, i.e. appropriate for the season. Scrubs and clogs are provided for wearing in theatre. Respectable jeans are allowed. Sensible shoes must be worn at all times and trainers are not permitted.

PLEASE NOTE: All students, but especially our younger trainees need to be aware of the need for total confidentiality. Also, unfortunately, due to the nature of our work, not all cases have happy endings. The decision to euthanase a horse is not taken lightly but is sometimes necessary for humane reasons if there is no chance of recovery. This is always with the horse owner’s consent, and whilst students are not frequently exposed to such situations, they must be aware that they do occur. Students are not required to partake or observe any situation in which they feel uncomfortable. Students should be aware that whilst on the work experience programme they act as part of the Bell Equine team and as such must conduct themselves in a suitable manner, particularly in the company of clients.

The work experience programme is in great demand as we only take one work experience student at any one time. For more information or to apply for the Work Experience Programme, please contact with your preferred dates to visit us.

Mature Work Experience Students

As well as school pupils interested in a veterinary career, we welcome mature students with specific equine interest and expertise. This includes equine studies students, frequently from Hadlow College. In the past we have also had equine physiotherapists, university researchers and qualified vets from many countries ranging from Iran to Australia spending time studying at Bell Equine.

Again we limit the numbers to fit in with our other students, so that everyone has sufficient opportunities to see what we do and the numbers do not overwhelm the horses under our care. If you feel you wish to visit as a mature work experience student, please contact

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