Farm Animal Health and Production Residency
A first class, world-renowned training programme for veterinary specialisation, designed for qualified veterinary graduates who wish to specialise in specific disciplines related to farm animal health and production.
These Residencies are open to veterinary surgeons 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 will receive specialised training in the relevant discipline and will be expected to prepare to sit the examination for membership of the relevant European or American speciality boards. Residents will also be enrolled onto an RVC Masters of Veterinary Medicine (MVetMed) programme.
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
The annual leave entitlement is 25 days inclusive of bank holidays; however, timing needs to be coordinated with the hospital’s needs and fellow residents. Further details can be found in the Code of Practice.
Constructive feedback will be provided both informally and formally throughout the programme. Your clinical and academic progress will be assessed on an individual basis. Each resident has a formal appraisal after the first and second year to track progress, and to ensure that all learning objectives are completed and requirements for board certification are met.
Code of Practice
All residents must adhere and abide by the Royal Veterinary College. The Code of Practice can be found under Essential Information in the Graduate School.
The tax-free stipend will start at £16,902 per annum, increasing by annual increments to £18,222.
Informal enquiries are encouraged in the first instance to:
For more information about postgraduate study see:
There are two residency programmes offered.
Endell Veterinary Group located in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
This is a new residency programme and the successful candidate will be embedded in the farm team of Endell Veterinary Group. This is a busy proactive practice and residents will be exposed to a wide variety of production animal cases. The resident will be mentored primarily by the RCVS and ECBHM Diplomats based in the practice.
Royal Veterinary College Regional Veterinary Centre- South of England (RVC-SE)
This established residency programme will be based at the RVC-SE which is located on the campus of Kingston Maurward College near Dorchester in Dorset. The resident will be primarily work with RVC staff who are based at the centre. The successful candidate will be involved with teaching and research conducted from RVC-SE and will help to build on our excellent existing relationships with local farm animal practices.
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 John Fishwick (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr Richard Booth (email@example.com); General queries/how to apply: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply
Applications for residencies at the RVC need to be submitted via UKPASS. For details see How to Apply
Closing Date: 8th January 2017
Interview Dates: 13th - 24th February 2017
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.