The three-year residency in Laboratory Animal Science & Welfare provides advanced education and training in clinical laboratory animal medicine, husbandry, management and welfare, as well as a thorough grounding in the ethical and legislative framework in which humane in-vivo research is conducted.

This will be provided through a mixture of formal and informal learning and self-directed study, with an emphasis on experiential learning within the day to day, clinical setting.

Objectives of the Residency

The programme’s objectives are to:

  • To prepare you to complete successfully the laboratory animals examinations administered by the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ECLAM).
  • Assist you to gain knowledge, behavioural and practical skills in laboratory animal medicine, science and welfare in order to prepare you for a career as a designated veterinarian or laboratory animal veterinarian.
  • Allow you to conduct clinical research projects and produce conference and peer-reviewed journal publications from these.

During this training programme you will be expected to:

  • Carry out clinical work in laboratory animal facilities and participate in the departmental rota.
  • Undertake a research project in laboratory animal science and produce a publication from this.
  • Participate in Journal Clubs and other discussion groups.
  • Prepare for publication a case report or case series, as first author, in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Contribute to dissemination of the 3Rs by participation in unit visits, clinical rotations, small group teaching and seminars.

Duties of the Resident

Under the supervision of the Named Veterinary Surgeons (NVSs) at the College, you will have an incremental role in the laboratory animal services provided by the Royal Veterinary College, with more independence in your third year. This may include visits to, or short placements at, other institutes associated with the RVC.

You will take part in teaching, including of undergraduate and post-graduate researchers, for example, via our Home Office Licensee courses, as well as formal and informal small-group practical teaching.

A  research project forms an important component of the program and the MVetMed degree. You will be supervised and funded to conduct a prospective or retrospective project in the field of laboratory animal medicine & welfare, which will result in the submission of a manuscript for publication by the end of the three-year contract.

You will be expected to attend a variety of seminars and journal clubs relevant to your specialty training and you are encouraged to attend other College-wide research seminars.  Participation in a national or international laboratory animal conference is also offered (subject to approval by the NVS group director).   


The head of the laboratory animal residency programme is Dr Greg Whelan, who will act as your overall supervisor; the local co-supervisor is Lucy Whitfield. The programme will be run in collaboration with the other lab animal and welfare specialists of the Department. Progress and planning meetings with your supervisor will occur formally every 6 months, but more regular informal feedback on progress will be provided. The formal assessment process is monitored by the Graduate School, and involves an assessment conducted by senior members of the College at 6, 12 and 24 months after the beginning of the programme.

Selection criteria for the Residency in Laboratory Animal Medicine and Welfare

Along with the attributes and qualifications required it is also desirable if you have:

  • Prior experience in the lab animal field
  • Proven commitment to the 3Rs and lab animal welfare 

Further Information

If you have any further queries about this residency, please contact Lucy Whitfield (

For general information about the programme see: Comparative Residencies

How to apply 

Laboratory Animal Medicine & Welfare will not be recruiting during Nov 19 - Jan 20. Please revisit this page mid/end February 2020.

For details see How To Apply

Closing date:   n/a                                        Interview date:  n/a


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