There are four major areas of work in the practice. Firstly racetrack practice dealing with the population of thoroughbred horses in training within Lambourn and the surrounding area. Secondly stud work, which is most intense during the months of January to April. Thirdly, the surgical and referral side of the practice, which is based in the hospital. This deals with elective and emergency cases from within Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Hampshire. The fourth area is that of pleasure and competition horses.

Valley Equine Hospital was opened in 1991, and is situated in the heart of Lambourn. The hospital is a fully accredited purpose built unit with a wide range of facilities including digital radiography, ultrasound, nuclear scintigraphy, gastroscopy and a modern operating theatre. In addition the practice has a laboratory, which receives clinical samples from within the UK.

The practice has an intensive care unit, mare and foal unit, isolation unit and twenty stables for inpatients.

As a large proportion of our case load are racehorses, our placements are more suitable for students who are comfortable with handling horses.

Our placements are only available for students studying to be veterinary surgeons as the demand for placements is so high.


We offer two week externship placements for veterinary students in third, fourth or final year. There is an on call responsibility in return for free on site accommodation. Please click the link below for more information.

Externship Information Sheet


More information about the scheme can be found on the link below but briefly we offer a 13 month contract, 1 in 2 OOH which consists of anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, lameness investigations, critical care and an ambulatory and first opinion caseload in our referral hospital based in Lambourn. We have a varied workload, the bulk of our work is with racehorses, both flat and National Hunt, but we do also treat competition and leisure horses.

Internship Information Sheet

If you are interested in applying for any of the placements, please email your CV and personal statement to