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. Available Residencies start in the first week of July; commencing with a short induction 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 Residents.  Funding models for these posts are weighted towards EU citizens, so when candidates are equal, Residencies will be offered to EU citizens.

Note: The UK government have confirmed that EU students starting in 2019 will be allowed to remain in the UK to complete their course and continue on the same terms as home students. Therefore there should be no  change to our June/July 2019 EU intake.  Further information can be found here.

  • 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. A certified copy of your test result must be submitted with your application. For further information see English Language Proficiency.

Applications that do not satisfy our 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.

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.

Informal enquiries are encouraged in the first instance to:  

Dr Richard Booth (rbooth@rvc.ac.uk)     

For more information about postgraduate study see:         

RVC Graduate School

Annual Leave

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


One residency will be available in each of the following locations:  ** APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED** 

Endell Veterinary Group located in Salisbury, Wiltshire

The successful candidate will be embedded in the farm team of Endell Veterinary Group and join a third year resident on the programme. 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.


For an informal discussion about these residencies, please contact Dr Richard Booth (rbooth@rvc.ac.uk); General queries/how to apply: ctsrecruitment@rvc.ac.uk    


Please see How to Apply for details of the application process.

Only online application forms submitted through our system will be considered.

Closing Date:    Sunday, 6th January 2019

Interview Date:  Wednesday, 27th February 2019

Start Date:           Monday, 1st July 2019

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. 

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for students commencing the course in 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU Tuition Fees International Fees Island Fees (Channel Islands & Isle of Man)
£9,000 £26,080 £26,080

The tuition fees for students commencing the course in 2020/21 are as follows:

UK/EU Tuition Fees International Fees Island Fees (Channel Islands & Isle of Man)
£9,000 £27,380 £27,380

Tuition fee amounts are subject to increase each academic year.

Funding Options

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 £18,500 per annum (subject to review).

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