The Royal Veterinary College offers several small animal 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. All Residents are also registered for a Master's degree in Veterinary Medicine. Here are details regarding course changes for 2018. 

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).

Residency programmes include the following disciplines:

"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).  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.

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 2018 EU intake: UKCISA Student News.

  • 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. 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 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

Applications for residencies at the RVC need to be submitted via UKPASS. For details see How to Apply

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:

General enquiries and questions about the application process should be directed to the 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.


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.


You may also find these FAQs helpful


Applications are invited for Residencies in a variety of disciplines below.  Residencies will commence on Monday 2nd July 2018.

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 (MVet Med) programme (subject to validation early 2018).  

The tax-free stipend will start at £17,500 per annum, increasing by annual increments to £18,500.  

For an informal discussion about these Residencies, please contact the programme  directors.  For general queries/how to apply:  

How to Apply

Closing date: Sunday 7th January 2018

Interview dates:  12th - 23rd February 2018 (see individual discipline pages for specific date)

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend interviews during the above dates.  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. 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 names of the current programme directors are listed under the individual disciplines and in the further Information section

Fees for the 2017/18 academic year

  UK/EU International
CTS £9,000 £24,580

For more information and the latest news affecting fees see Tuition Fees.

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