This is a three year Residency and Masters in Veterinary Science programme that satisfies the requirements for certification by the European College of Veterinary Surgery (ECVS).

Equine Surgery


The programme will prepare you for the certifying examination in the speciality of Equine Surgery as well as providing an introduction to clinical research by completion of a Masters in Veterinary Science. You will spend the majority of time conducting clinical duties in the Equine Referral hospital of Langford Vets as part of the referral and first opinion Equine service. This will include seeing referred surgery cases under the supervision of board-certified surgeons, managing hospitalised patients and also undertaking weeknight and weekend duties on a shared rota. You will also be closely involved in the teaching and assessment of veterinary students and veterinary nurses during clinical rotations. 

You will receive training in most major areas of equine orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery including training in colic surgery, laparascopic surgery, osteosynthesis, arthroscopy etc.

A recent introduction to the Residency training programme is the incorporation of a taught Masters in Veterinary Science. The Masters programme will allow the resident to achieve a recognized Masters qualification in addition to being able to complete credentials to enable the candidate to take the European Diploma qualification. The taught Masters will include work place based assessments and specific training in project design, statistics, paper writing, journal critique and clinical teaching. 

Selection criteria for the Residency / Masters in Equine Surgery

Along with the attributes and qualifications required for all Residents applicants it is also desirable if you can demonstrate:

  • Evidence of attendance at Equine Surgery-related CPD events / courses
  • Motivation for self-development of clinical skills in equine surgery
  • Evidence of publication / presentations in the field of equine surgery

Further information

If you have any queries about the Equine Surgery Residency please contact Prof. Alistair Barr  in the first instance or Dr Yvonne Elce
For general information about the program see FAQs, email or see: Residencies

How to apply

Adverts for these training positions will go out on and on the subject specific College website between August – October, with a closing date in November and interviews in January.

Applications for residencies at the Bristol Vet School need to be submitted via Hobsons. For details see How To Apply.


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