Work Experience Placements

VERY FEW PLACES LEFT FOR 2019. We offer a limited number of opportunities for work experience placements. They are available to anyone studying or already involved in wildlife rehabilitation. We also offer placements for qualified vets (see below).

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer work experience placements to school pupils.

IMPORTANT – the minimum age for placement applicants is 17 years. Placements can be for a minimum of 1 week (maximum of 4 weeks unless by special arrangement), between 1st February and 30th November each year. As the winter months are usually very quiet at the Hospital, the benefits to students at this time of year are limited and although we will accept applications for placements in December and January, you must be aware that most of the work during this period will be with hedgehogs, but will also include outside work such as aviary repair and general site maintenance.

Please note that placements are highly sought after and often get booked up more than 12 months in advance.


ACCOMMODATION. We have limited on-site, self-catering accommodation consisting of a 3 bedroom chalet-style mobile home (also has kitchen, living room, bathroom with bath and shower, and private garden) at a cost of £100 per week for the first week and £75 per week for the second and subsequent weeks. This accommodation is self-catering so please bring your own food. You will also need to bring your own towels. Bedding is provided but you are welcome to bring your own (or a sleeping bag) if you prefer.

A 50% non-refundable deposit will be required at the time of booking, with the remainder due no later than one month before your placement begins.
You must be prepared to share the accommodation with others.
Please tick the relevant box on the application form if you need accommodation.

A list of other local accommodation is available on request.

Students are required to work 5 out of every 7-day placement which may include one or both weekend days.

If you would like to be considered for a placement, please click here to apply online. If possible, give a second choice of dates in case your first choice is already fully booked. You will be contacted by post or email within 14 days of receipt of your application to let you know if your application has been successful.

You can get more information on our placements here


An amazing opportunity for vets to gain experience in the very different world of wildlife treatment and rehabilitation. We can offer short and longer term placements for qualified vets wanting to volunteer in one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the UK. More information can be found at here


Thank you so much for my 2 weeks of work experience with you in August 2018. I learned so much from you all & had such an amazing time.

Everyone was so kind, patient & hardworking. The work you do is so impressive & important & I feel proud to have been a part of it. It truly was a rewarding & worthwhile experience.


University Centre Sparsholt