This is a three-year European College of Veterinary Surgeons approved training programme starting at the beginning of July. 

This residency will prepare you to sit the ECVS diploma examination which will take place in the February following completion of the Residency programme. The programme is well supervised and structured to provide comprehensive training in small animal soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, taking you to a specialist level small animal surgeon.

There will be ample, dedicated, time for fulfilling research objectives and undertaking training in the supporting clinical disciplines required by the ECVS. The programme has a strong track record of training surgeons with a high success rate of passing ECVS examinations. The surgery department at the QMHA is large, comprising more than ten faculty surgeons, six surgical residents and two surgery interns. Faculty surgeons hold specialist level Diploma qualifications from different awarding bodies i.e. DipECVS, Dip ACVS and RCVS DSAS(ST). Residents are exposed to a very large number and wide range of surgical cases. As the QMHA also has a well established and busy Emergency and Critical Care, Internal Medicine and Neurology & Neurosurgery services, residents are additionally exposed to cases originating from these services as well as a multi-disciplinary approach to case management.

Among other attributes we are looking for people who work well as part of a team, are proactive and enthusiastic and dedicated to achieving the requirements of an ECVS residency training programme.

Selection criteria for the Residency in Surgery

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

  • At least one year of experience in small animal first opinion practice
  • Interest to progress research in an area relevant to small animal surgery
  • A clear vision of personal ambition and future career plan

Further information

If you have any queries about the Small Animal Surgery Residencies please contact Dr Poppy Bristow (

For general information about the programmes see: Residencies.  

How to apply

For details see How To Apply

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

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