This is a three year Residency and Masters in Veterinary Science program that satisfies the requirements for certification by the European College of Bovine Health Management (ECBHM).

Bovine Health Management

The program will prepare you for the certifying examination in the speciality of Bovine Health Management 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 as part of the farm animal service of Langford Vets. This will include managing farm animal cases under the direct and distance supervision by board-certified and experienced farm animal clinicians, and also undertaking weekend and weeknight duties on a shared rota (currently 1 in 5). You will be closely involved in the teaching and assessment of veterinary students during clinical rotations. 

You will receive training and mentoring in all major areas of bovine health management as well as join the wider farm animal clinical and research team.  The farm animal group at Bristol is leading the way in many areas of sustainable agriculture and population medicine research including a very significant focus on responsible medicine use and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).  The multimillion pound research program into AMR opens up significant opportunity for high impact research as part of both the MSc and ECBHM Residency Programmes, although other research areas may also be open to residents subject to funding. 

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

 Selection criteria for the Residency / Masters in Bovine Health Management

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

  • Evidence of attendance at bovine related CPD events / courses
  • Motivation for self-development of clinical skills in bovine health management
  • Evidence of publication / presentations in the field of bovine health management
  • Evidence of an understanding of the needs of UK farmers and an ability to provide high quality clinical services on-farm
  • A willingness to work with other farm animal species as part of the day-to-day workload of the first opinion farm animal practice.

 Further information

If you have any queries about the Bovine Health Management residency please contact Dr Sarah Wood or Prof. David Barrett

For general information about the program see FAQs, email

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.

The depth of knowledge and experience as well as huge amounts of enthusiasm within the farm animal group has helped me to grow and improve as both a clinician and a researcher during the time that I studied as a resident here


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