Training Programmes

 

training programmes

We offer a 12-month Postgraduate Diploma (PGDiploma) in Veterinary Clinical Practice, previously known as the Junior Clinical Training Scholarships, in a number of areas including small animals.

The University of Bristol also offers a Masters of Veterinary Science, previously known as residencies, in a broad range of areas within Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.

If you are interested in either of these postgraduate qualifications, you will find additional information below and on our visitor information page.

 

Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Practice - Small Animal

Summary

PG Certificate in Veterinary Clinical Practice - Small Animal

​The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDiploma) in Veterinary Clinical Practice - Small Animal, is a full-time 12-month programme. This PGDiploma is aimed at highly motivated veterinary surgeons that have completed time in small animal practice. This is a rotating clinical programme through the main areas of specialisation in Langford Vets' Small Animal Referral Hospital on the campus at Langford.

This PGDiploma is hard work but aims to provide you with excellent clinical training in a number of disciplines and opportunities to develop your career. It is suitable for veterinary surgeons wishing to pursue a career in a specialist veterinary field but also those who wish to develop the skills learnt in general practice and further their knowledge and experience.

 

Entry requirements

Applicants are encouraged to spend a minimum of one year in small animal practice prior to applying for this PGDiploma. If you are from a non-English speaking country we would encourage you to spend at least six months in primary English speaking practice prior to applying in addition to this.

Applicants must be a member of, or eligible for membership of, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. For further details of this, please see www.rcvs.org.uk. Applicants must be an MRCVS by the date the scholarship starts.

Applicants must have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and should fulfil Profile A of the University of Bristol’s English language requirements for Postgraduate study.

Applicants from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, the USA and other countries outside the EU must be eligible to obtain a student visa and will be required to pay tuition fees.

 

The Postgraduate Diploma

This is a clinical programme and students rotate through the specialties within the hospital: soft tissue surgery, orthopaedic surgery, internal medicine, anaesthesia, ICU, neurology, diagnostic imaging, emergency medicine and cardiology. Weekends and out-of-hours rotations are included to enable you to develop skills in primary emergency practice and assist within the hospital. Seminars and practicals are included within the programme and you will develop skills in Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine through production of Knowledge Summaries. You do not have to perform a research project, although we support you to do so if you wish and there are many active research programmes within the University of Bristol.

The PGDiploma runs for 12 months from the start of July.  There is an induction week that overlaps with the previous students prior to starting on rotations.

Students are allocated 20 days holiday annually.

As a postgraduate student with the University of Bristol, you will be paid a tax-free stipend (currently £16,161).

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How to apply

Adverts for these posts are placed in December each year in the Veterinary Record and on the vacancies page on our website. You must download and complete the available application form.

These vacancies are highly competitive and we have up to 100 applications each year. This means that many good applicants are unsuccessful. We encourage serious applicants that are not successful to apply again and to investigate in other internship/certificate programmes.

If you are shortlisted after application, you will be invited for interview in February and be given the opportunity to look round the hospital.

 

What next?

Completion of a PGDiploma is an excellent opportunity to further your career in either veterinary academia or pursue further postgraduate qualifications as a veterinary specialist or in research.

Since 2004 we have had 33 Junior Clinical Training Scholars. Of these, 50% have been accepted on Senior Clinical Training Scholarships (residencies) and 15% have pursued further education (MSc or PhD).

 

Why Bristol?

Find out more on why you should choose Bristol to further your training.

 

Contacts

To find out more about the PGDiploma in Veterinary Clinical Practice - Small Animal, please contact Sophie Adamantos BVSc CertVA DACVECC DipECVECC MRCVS FHEA, or Christina Maunder BVM&S CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS 

 

 

MSc Veterinary Science (Residency) - Small Animal

Summary

​The University of Bristol offers a number of small animal residencies that provide veterinary graduates with a fantastic opportunity to train towards veterinary specialisation in their chose discipline. Residents will enrol onto an MSc in Veterinary Science whilst receiving specialised training.

The scholarship training programmes require full participation in clinical services, including the out-of-hours rota where appropriate, in addition to small-group teaching of veterinary students.

All training programmes are aligned to the requirements of the relevant European or American Veterinary Specialist Boards.

 

Entry requirements

All applicants should have completed a rotating internship and/or have spent two years in veterinary practice.

A valid driving licence is required for out-of-hours duties.

Applicants must be a member of, or eligible for membership of, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. For further details of this, please see www.rcvs.org.uk. Applicants must be an MRCVS by the date the scholarship starts.

Applicants must have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and should fulfil Profile A of the University of Bristol’s English language requirements for Postgraduate study.

Non-EU Nationals please also note: The University of Bristol has a legal responsibility to ensure that all scholars are entitled to study in the UK. You should check with the UK Border Agency whether you would be eligible to study in the UK.

 

The Residency

Residencies are tenable for three years, subject to satisfactory annual review of progress. Further particulars specific to each role will be detailed when each position is advertised.

A recent introduction to the residency is the incorporation of a taught Masters in Veterinary Science qualification that the scholar will work towards during their three-year training programme. The Masters will enable scholars to achieve a universally recognised Masters qualification in addition to being able to complete credentials to enable the candidate to take the European diploma qualifications. The taught Masters will include specific training in project design, statistics, clinical teaching, paper writing, journal critique and will also equip the scholar with universally useful attributes.

As a postgraduate student with the University of Bristol you will be paid a starting tax-free stipend (currently £17,740.00). Out of hours duties attract an additional payment. 

 

How to apply

Adverts for these posts will be placed by the University of Bristol with details and application forms posted on the vacancies page on our website. You must complete the available application form.

 

Why Bristol?

Find out more on why you should choose Bristol to further your training.

 

Contacts

Enquiries regarding residencies should be emailed to cvs-postgrad-enquiries@bristol.ac.uk.