PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Veterinary Clinical Practice

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Awards available PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Langford campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Candidates will need a relevant degree that allows them membership to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, plus a minimum of one year's primary clinical experience in English-speaking practice.
Start date July 2017
July 2018

Programme overview

This programme will appeal to vets with one or two years of clinical experience who want to develop their clinical skills. As well as preparing students for further clinical training, it also aims to develop skills for a primary care setting.

The diploma lasts 12 months and encompasses several pathways, including small animal practice, equine practice and clinical pathology; each student will pick one pathway for study. There are two compulsory units for each pathway and each unit carries equal weighting.

The goal is for students to consolidate and build on the clinical knowledge and skills gained from their undergraduate study and prior professional practice (eg the RCVS Professional Development Phase) in an area of veterinary medicine. Teaching will be delivered by a combination of directed clinical training, face-to-face presentations and seminars, online resources and self-directed learning. Students will also receive training in evidence-based veterinary medicine.

Fees for 2017/18

Part-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Fees for UK, EU and EEA applicants will be funded by a scholarship provided by Langford Veterinary Services. Overseas applicants will need to provide their own funding.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Each pathway consists of two compulsory units of 70 credits. 

Small Animal Practice pathway

  • Small Animal Medicine and allied areas (70 credits)
  • Small Animal Surgery and allied areas (70 credits)

Equine Practice pathway

  • Equine medicine and allied areas (70 credits)
  • Equine surgery and allied areas (70 credits)

Clinical Pathology pathway

  • Haematology and cytology (70 credits)
  • Biochemistry and endocrinology (70 credits)

Each unit consists of clinical activity, seminars and an evidence-based review. Clinical activity occurs through rotations in a variety of areas within Langford Veterinary Services, including out-of-hours immersion. Units will run concurrently through the year.

Entry requirements

Candidates will need a relevant degree that allows them membership to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, plus a minimum of one year's primary clinical experience in English-speaking practice.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile A
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


Graduates could go on to study for a Master's by research or taught Master's programme (eg MSc in Clinical Veterinary Science, MVetMed/PhD). Career destinations could include general practice, academia or specialist veterinary practice.

How to apply
Application deadline:

11 April 2017 (for July 2017 start - equine practice pathway only)
5 February 2017 (for July 2017 start - other pathways)
14 January 2018 (for July 2018 start)

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Get in touch

Miss Sophie Adamantos Programme Director, Clinician in Emergency and Critical Care Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 9420 Email:

Miss Christina Maunder Small Animal Practice Unit organiser Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 9420 Email:

Small Animal Hospital,
Langford House,
BS40 5DU


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