How to apply

To apply for the one of the disciplines in the Residency / Masters in Veterinary Science programme you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a veterinary degree which is registrable by the RCVS and provide the relevant certificate and transcript
    • Confirm you have the right to study in the UK. 
      • The University of Bristol has a legal responsibility to ensure that all students are entitled to study in the UK. You should check with the UK Border Agency whether you would be eligible 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. Funding models for these posts are however weighted towards EU citizens, so when candidates are equal, Residencies will be offered to EU citizens.

- EITHER (preferable) Completed a one year rotating internship and twelve months experience as a qualified veterinarian working in the UK 
- OR Twenty four months experience as a qualified veterinarian working in the UK

How do I put in my application?

You will need to submit an application via HOBSONS.

Our advertised Residency positions are listed under “Residencies / Masters in Veterinary Science ” . A list of subject specialisations appear towards the end of the application form - please ensure you select the discipline you are applying for.

There are a number of documents that you will need to upload to your application form. Before you begin filling in the form you should have the following information to hand:

      • Your CV.
      • A personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the specialisation you are applying for. Please see essential ATTRIBUTES AND QUALIFICATIONS for the discipline you are interested in.
      • Copies of any papers listed on your CV as in print or progress
      • A transcript of your degree(s) - this must be a certified translation if the original was not issued in English
      • 2 confidential references. Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your referees and arrange for references to be provided. These should be on letter headed paper, contain the signature of the referee and should be scanned and uploaded with your Hobsons application. If we don’t receive your references by the closing date, your application may not be processed.

Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive an email acknowledgment. If you do not receive an acknowledgement the application has not been submitted. It is advisable to submit your application early as applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

What if English is not my first language?

You must be able to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing. If English is not your first language you must take an IELTS (Academic) test. We require 7.5 in IELTS (Academic) with no element below 7.0. A certified copy of your IELTS test result should be submitted with your application. Applications that do not satisfy these criteria may not be considered for shortlisting.

Foreign language applicants are encouraged to practice as a veterinary surgeon in the UK for at least one year prior to application

Closing date: 18 November 2019
Interviews will take place in January 2020
Start date: 6 July 2020

The Interview

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend interviews during the above dates. We endeavour to inform those who have been short listed for interview, 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. 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.

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