This is a three year Residency and Masters in Veterinary Science training programme that satisfies the requirements of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (ECVAA).


The programme will prepare you for the certifying examination in the speciality of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia as well as providing an introduction to clinical research by completion of a Masters in Veterinary Science. You will spend the majority of your time conducting clinical duties in the Small Animal and Equine Referral hospitals of Langford Vets as part of the Anaesthesia service. This will include anaesthesia, analgesia and post-operative care (including intensive care) of patients entering the referral hospital under the supervision of board-certified anaesthetists. You will also undertake weekend and weeknight duties on a shared rota and be closely involved in teaching and assessing veterinary students and veterinary nurses during clinical rotations. 

The School is well equipped with anaesthetic and monitoring equipment and has five small animal and two large animal operating theatres, a small animal anaesthetic induction suite, a dedicated recovery ward and an intensive care unit. There is a large team of nurses and animal care assistants dedicated to the surgical and anaesthesia service and intensive care unit. You will receive comprehensive training in all aspects of small animal and equine anaesthesia including techniques such as loco-regional anaesthesia. In the last year in excess of 3000 small animal and over 200 equine anaesthetics were administered.  Approximately a quarter of your on clinic time will be spent anaesthetising animals in the Translational Biomedical Research Centre. There is an opportunity to take part in the small animal pain clinic, which is part of the Rehabilitation and Pain Management Centre and supported by two physiotherapists and a hydro-therapist. We receive referrals from general practice but also from other specialists within Langford Vets such as medicine, surgery, oncology and behavior medicine, where we work together to ensure the most comfortable outcome for our patients.

A recent introduction to the Residency training programme is the incorporation of a taught Masters in Veterinary Science. The Masters programme will allow you to achieve a recognised 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 research project design, statistics, paper writing, journal critique and clinical teaching.

Selection criteria for the Residency / Masters in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

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

  • Evidence of attendance at anaesthesia related CPD events / courses
  • Motivation for self-development of clinical skills in anaesthesia
  • Evidence of publication / presentations in the field of anaesthesia and analgesia
  • Experience in equine anaesthesia

 Further information

If you have any queries about the Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia Residency please contact Dr Gwen Covey Crump
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 September – October the preceding year, 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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