Attributes and qualifications

General attributes for residents that are essential and desirable are listed below. The programme is designed for highly motivated veterinary professionals who wish to specialise in a specific clinical field. Some of the Residency disciplines require other qualifications and experience which you will find listed in the relevant pages.

1. Experience 
Essential - Completion of a recognised internship or at least two years graduated

Desirable - Completion of a university internship, worked in practice in the UK, experience of working, and willingness to work, as part of a team

2. Education, qualifications, training, teaching 
Essential – MRCVS or eligible for membership. You must organise and pay for this yourself before starting a residency. Hold a degree registrable with the RCVS

Desirable – participation in relevant CPD, publication in english language scientific journals, experience with teaching veterinary students

3. Skills, General and special knowledge
Essential - Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, willingness to seek and to accept supervision, tuition and guidance, Ability to reflect self-critically on previous cases, ability to prioritise tasks and demands. Have the patience and desire to teach

Desirable – A good understanding of the professional context of veterinary medicine.

4. Personal attributes and circumstances
Essential - Able to work well in a team with a wide range of people, excellent interpersonal skills, highly motivated, realistic recognition of the demands of the post, ability to work under pressure

Desirable - Ability to work flexible hours, a positive attitude at all times

5. Language
Essential - Proof of passing an english language test (TOEFL grade A) if English is not the first language. An ability to communicate well both verbally and written, with other team members, clients, and referring veterinary surgeons

Desirable - A clear well written letter of intent

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