Exotic Animal Residency
The Royal Veterinary College offers several 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 or large animal practice. All residents are also registered for a Master's degree in Veterinary Medicine.
This residency will cover all aspects of exotic animal medicine with the main focus on herpetology. The programme is specifically designed to provide with the resident with the necessary training to credential and sit for the examination for the European College of Zoological Medicine (Herpetology).
The programme lasts three years and starts in the first week of July; commencing with a short induction programme. The resident will be based at the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital (BSAH), although some time will also be spent at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA).
Exotic Animal Residency will not be available in 2019
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
- Have graduated from an European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVA)-approved veterinary school.
- 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 Residents. 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)
The UK government have confirmed that EU students will be allowed to remain in the UK to complete courses started in or before 2018/19. Therefore there should be no change to our July 2019 EU intake: UKCISA Student News.
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 dedicated Exotics service.
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 BSAH
If you have queries relating to the specific programme or wish to visit the BSAH prior to applying for a residency, then please contact Joanna Hedley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you would like to know more, the following links may be useful:
- Postgraduate study options at the RVC
- General enquiries and questions about the application process should be directed to the Graduate School
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.
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
Exotic Animal Residency will not be available in 2019
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.
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We endeavour to inform those who have been short listed for interview, in writing, at least two weeks before the interview date. Short listed applicants will be invited to spend a couple of days with the team. 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.
The tuition fees for students commencing the course in 2018/19 are as follows:
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Tuition fee amounts are subject to increase each academic year.
For more information and the latest news affecting fees see tuition fees.
Clinical Training Residencies
All Clinical Training Residency tuition fees are fully funded.
- As a Resident your academic fees will be paid by the department that you are working in.
- Residents are required to cover the cost of their own accommodation.
- A tax-free stipend will be paid monthly in arrears. Currently the stipend is £18,000 per annum (subject to review).