The Royal Veterinary College offers several Comparative 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 and laboratory animal medicine and welfare. All Residents are also registered for a Master's degree in Veterinary Medicine.
Residencies typically last three years and start in the first week of July each year; commencing with a short induction programme. The residencies are mainly based at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA). Laboratory Animal Medicine and Welfare is based in Camden with off site visits/placements to different clients.
Residency programmes include the following disciplines:
- Anaesthesia and Analgesia
- Laboratory Animal Medicine & Welfare (not recruiting for 2024)
- Neurology and Neurosurgery
Dates for 2024 Comparative Residencies applications
- Applications for Comparative Residencies to start in 2024 have now closed.
- Interviews will be held in January - February 2024 - exact dates to be confirmed.
- The Residencies will start first week of July 2024.
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"The training provided by the Residency is supported by specialists that are leaders in their field with both international and local training, providing a diverse experience for the resident. Ranked as one of the leading veterinary schools in the world, the team environment at the Royal Veterinary College provided by the ancillary staff and the students forms the core of the residency programme. The didactic portion of the residency is strong and structured, including participation in a Masters of Veterinary Medicine and guidance and encouragement for participation in scientific research"
- Kerry Doolin BSc, BVSc, MVetMed, MRCVS (SCTS in Emergency and Critical Care 2013-2016).
What Qualifications Do I need?
You must be eligible for full Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), this includes meeting the RCVS English language requirements. You must organise and pay for this yourself. Applicants must be a 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.
- Students classified as "Overseas" with regards to tuition fees are very welcome to apply for the residency. We are keen to find the best candidates regardless of their nationality and have had occasional Overseas residents. Candidates should note that funding models for this programme are weighted towards "Home" fee candidates, so when candidates are equal, residencies will be offered to applicants eligible for "Home" fees. To help determine whether you would be eligible for "Home" fees please see the UKCISA's 'Who pays 'home' fees for higher education in England?' guide found here.
- Confirm how you meet the English language requirements, and if applicable submit your English language test results (see below)
- 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.
English Language Requirement
You must be able to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing. If you are not exempt from proving your English language proficiency, you must take an IELTS (Academic) test (or equivalent).
It is advisable that applicants arrange to take the English exam as soon as possible due to limited availability.
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.
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
For details see How to Apply.
Admissions Policy & Procedures
Further information on the recruitment procedure can be found here.
Visiting the QMHA
If you wish to visit the QMHA prior to applying for a residency then please contact the director of the specific Residency programme
If you would like to know more, the following links may be useful:
If you have queries relating to the specific programmes please contact the appropriate directors/lecturers of the Residency:
- Anaesthesia and Analgesia – Dr Ludovic Pelligand (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Dr Kata Veres-Nyeki (email@example.com)
- Laboratory Animal Medicine & Welfare Residency - Dr Lucy Whitfield (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Neurology and Neurosurgery – Dr Steven De Decker - (SDeDecker@rvc.ac.uk)
General enquiries and questions about the application process should be directed to email@example.com.
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 (see below).
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. Please click here for Assessment and Award Regulations.
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.
Current information on stipend can be found under Funding Options.
You may also find these FAQs helpful
2024 Comparative Residencies
The following are contact details for Comparative disciplines:
- Anaesthesia & Analgesia – Dr Carolina Jimenez (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Thaleia-Rengina Stathopoulou (email@example.com)
- Neurology & Neurosurgery – Dr Steven De Decker (SDeDecker@rvc.ac.uk)
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 will also be enrolled onto a Masters of Veterinary Medicine (MVetMed) programme
Please ensure that your English qualification meets our requirements in time for applying.
Only online application forms submitted through our system will be considered.
Applications for 2024 entry have now closed.
Interview dates: Interviews will likely be held in January/February 2024. Exact dates to be confirmed.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend interviews. We endeavour to inform those who have been short listed for interview, in writing, at least 2 weeks before the interview date. Shortlisted candidates may have the opportunity to visit the relevant discipline team for a day or more. Candidates should contact the team by email (contact above). 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.
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.
- As a resident your fees will be covered by the department that you are working in.
- A stipend will be paid monthly in arrears. Currently the stipend is £24,500 per annum (subject to review)
The tuition fees (which are covered by your department) are as follows:
Home Tuition Fees including Island Fees (Channel Islands & Isle of Man)
The UK Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss national students who have started an eligible course in the 2020/21 academic year or earlier academic years remain eligible to pay the “home” rate of tuition fees and claim any financial support for which they are currently eligible for the duration of that course.
EU/EEA and Swiss national students starting studies in the 2021/22 academic year or later academic years may no longer be eligible to pay the “home” rate of tuition fees and claim any financial support for their studies - but this depends on your personal circumstances (including immigration status and residence history in the UK) and UK government rules which are currently being developed. For further information on this emerging situation, please visit UK Council for International Affairs Brexit pages.
Tuition fee amounts are subject to increase each academic year, please be aware of this when making your calculations and planning how much money you will require.
Clinical Training Residencies
All Clinical Training Residencies are fully funded.
- As a Resident your tuition fees will be paid by the department that you are working in.
- Residents are required to cover the cost of their own accommodation.
- A stipend will be paid monthly in arrears. Currently the stipend is £24,500 per annum (subject to review).