The aim of this ECVD-approved programme is to provide basic science and clinical training in veterinary dermatology which will enable you to achieve the standard necessary to obtain the ECVD Diploma in Veterinary Dermatology.

Previous RVC residents have achieved either RCVS DVD (six residents, qualification no longer available) and, or DipECVD, (ten residents). 

Dermatology services are currently provided by four RCVS Specialists and Diplomats (R. Bond, A. Hendricks, A. Loeffler, E. A. Ferguson [part-time consultant], and two residents.  Approximately 900 cases are seen by the dermatology service each year.  This includes numerous cases referred to other disciplines which also receive dermatology consultations whilst at the hospital.    

In addition, the resident will be involved in providing a consultation service to the farm animal and equine clinicians of the College.  Whilst those clinicians ordinarily retain ultimate case responsibility, the resident will be expected to become involved in the evaluation and decision-making processes with respect to dermatology in these cases. 

You will receive training in appropriate basic sciences relevant to veterinary dermatology, dermatopathology, and dermatological research.   

Your progress will be monitored by a supervisor and a suitable research project will be developed within the first few months of the residency.  You will also be invited to attend the internal medicine teaching rounds held in the small animal hospital whenever possible. Rotation through the internal medicine service for short periods is encouraged as part of the programme. 

As a resident you will be expected to attend as many scientific meetings as possible, depending upon clinical commitments.  This will include meetings of the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group, British Small Animal Veterinary Association, ESVD courses and annual congresses, ACVD annual meetings and others relevant to dermatology. 

Selection criteria for the Residency in Dermatology

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

  • Excellent problem-solving and communication skills so that the successful applicant can provide a high quality clinical dermatology service to the most demanding owners in the face of often severe, chronic and unusual diseases
  • Evidence of a special interest/commitment to the field of veterinary dermatology

Further information

If you have any questions about the dermatology programme you are encouraged to contact Dr Anke Hendricks (programme director) or Prof Ross Bond (head of service) to discuss the programme and how it might meet your aspirations.

For general information about the programme see: Residencies.

How to apply

For full details see How To Apply

Closing date: Sunday, 5th January 2020    Interview date:  Wednesday, 12th February 2020


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