Exotic Animal Residency will not be available in 2020.

To apply for the Exotic Animal Residency you must meet the following requirements:  

- Member (or eligible for membership) of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons RCVS. 

- 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.  

- Twelve months experience as a qualified veterinarian (desirable)

How do I apply?

To apply please complete our online application form:   Not Available for 2020

There are a number of documents which you will need to upload to your application form. Before you begin filling in the form you should have the following information to hand:

  • Your CV.
  • A personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the specialisation you are applying for.  Please see essential attributes to join the programme.
  • A transcript of your degree(s) - this must be a certified translation if the original was not issued in English.
  • 2 references. These can either be uploaded directly to the form, or their contact details entered, which will automatically send an email to your referees requesting them to submit a reference.  Please see Guidance on references.  If we don’t receive your references by the closing date, your application may not be processed.
  • A certified copy of your IELTS test if applicable (see below).

What if English is not my first language?

You must be able to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing. 

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 (or equivalent). For the Residency programme you must attain 7 in IELTS (Academic) with no element below 6.5.  A certified copy of your test result must be submitted with your application. The test result must have been obtained within 2 years of the start date of the course.  Applications that do not satisfy these criteria will not be considered for shortlisting.

Please see a list of English qualifications we will accept as alternatives to IELTS.

It is advisable that applicants arrange to take the IELTS exam as soon as possible due to limited availability. 

Applicants that do not satisfy our criteria will not be considered for shortlisting.  

Foreign language applicants are encouraged to practice as a veterinary surgeon in the UK for at least one year prior to application.

Admissions Policy & Procedures

Further information on the recruitment procedure can be found here.

Closing date:    N/A

Interview date:  N/A


Please note the College is closed from 5 pm on Tuesday, 24th December 2019 and re-opens on Thursday, 2nd January 2020.

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