The Royal Veterinary College offers several small animal Residencies that are first class, world-renowned training programmes for veterinary specialisation.
These residencies are designed for qualified veterinary graduates who wish to specialise in specific disciplines related to small animal practice. All Residents are also registered for a Master's degree in Veterinary Medicine.
This is a three year training programme that fulfils the credential requirements of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. Residents will be supported by a team of five ECVAA Diplomates, two experienced staff clinicians and nine anaesthesia nurses. An anaesthesia service is provided for the full range of disciplines in the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA), as well as for the Equine Referral Hospital (ERH) and Farm Animal service. Residents will be able to develop their clinical anaesthesia and analgesia skills allowing them to successfully manage both routine and complex cases in a wide variety of species, as well as becoming adept at coping with complications.
There is a large clinical component to the programme but you will also be involved in student teaching and clinical research. Residents will have the opportunity to spend time with other clinical disciplines within the RVC and you will be expected to develop a thorough knowledge of the natural course and therapeutics of medical and surgical diseases in the practice of veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia.
You will also need to understand the problems encountered in the application of diagnostic techniques such as radiographic procedures, ultrasound scanning and MR imaging, and the influence of anaesthetic methods on these problems.
What Qualifications Do I need?
You must be eligible for full Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). You must organise and pay for this yourself. Applicants must be an MRCVS by the date the Residency starts, and ideally by the date of application and interview.
You will also need to:
- Hold a veterinary degree which is registrable by the RCVS and provide certificate and transcripts
- Confirm you have the right to study in the UK.
- Non-EU citizens are welcome to apply for any Residency. We are keen to find the best candidates regardless of their nationality and currently have several non-EU Residency. Funding models for these posts are weighted towards EU citizens, so when candidates are equal, Residencies will be offered to EU citizens.
- Confirm how you meet the English language requirements, and if applicable submit your English language test results (see below)
- And provide evidence of:
- Work you have undertaken in a veterinary practice
- Any postgraduate qualifications, with certificates
- Your experience of research
- Published any papers or conference presentations
- Previous visits to the RVC
- Completion of an internship programme (minimum duration 12 months) or similar experience in practice
Some of the Residency disciplines require additional qualifications and experience which you will find in the relevant pages.
If English is not your first language, you must be able to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing. You must take an IELTS (Academic) test. For the Residency programme you must attain 7 in IELTS (Academic) with no element below 6.5. Further information on English language requirements A certified copy of your test result must be submitted with your application. Applications that do not satisfy these criteria cannot be considered. Foreign language applicants are encouraged to practice as a veterinary surgeon in the UK for at least one year prior to application to the Residency programme. Applicants who do not meet the minimum proficiency requirements, cannot be considered.
What individual attributes do I need?
The programme is designed for highly motivated veterinary professionals who wish to specialise in a specific clinical field whose goals include:
- Advanced development of their veterinary skills
- Experience and knowledge by working under supervision in a multi-disciplinary referral hospital.
What attributes do you need to demonstrate to join the programme?
- Willingness to work hard
- Highly developed organisational and time management skills
- Ability to cope under pressure
- A positive attitude at all times
- Desire to take part in advancing veterinary science
- Able work with a range of people including veterinary students, senior clinicians and nursing and support staff
- Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate well with other team members, clients, and referring veterinary surgeons
- Have the patience to teach and guide veterinary undergraduate students
How to apply
Applications for residencies at the RVC need to submitted via UKPASS. For details see How To Apply.
Visiting the QMHA
If you wish to visit the QMHA prior to applying for a residency then please contact Dr Hatim Alibhai (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you would like to know more, the following links may be useful:
- RVC small animal referrals
- Postgraduate study options at the RVC
- General enquiries and questions about the application process should be directed to the Graduate School
You may also find these FAQs helpful
Residencies are open to veterinary graduates holding a degree registrable with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. These are three-year post-graduate programmes involving supervised clinical work and applied clinical research. Residents/students will receive specialised training in the relevant discipline while working within the College’s hospitals (or farms/referral facilities where relevant) and will be expected to prepare to sit the examination for membership of the relevant European or American speciality boards. Residents/students will also be enrolled onto a Masters of Veterinary Medicine (MVetMed) programme.
The tax-free stipend will start at £16,902 per annum, increasing by annual increments to £18,222. For an informal discussion about these residencies, please contact Dr. Hatim Alibhai (email@example.com); General queries/how to apply: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Apply Closing Date: TBA Interview Dates: TBA
We endeavour to inform those who have been short listed for interview, in writing, at least 2 weeks before the interview date. The interview typically lasts 20-30 minutes. It is designed to test the applicant’s understanding of the role and function of a resident, and their motivation for pursuing a Residency. Candidates will also be required to take a Cambridge Personality Styles Questionnaire (20-30 minutes). Further details will be provided to short-listed candidates as part of the interview process.
The residencies are highly competitive and, regrettably, this inevitably means that many good applicants are not successful. If you are unsuccessful you may re-apply the following year but you should contact the appropriate programme director before doing so.
For more information and the latest news affecting fees see Tuition Fees.
Postgraduate Loans for both taught and research Masters Programmes
Autumn Statement November 2015 brought exciting news for future postgraduates.The government has now reconfirmed its commitment to introduce postgraduate Masters Loans in 2016-17.
All Residencies are fully-funded.