Veterinary Cardiology

This is a 3-year Residency and Masters in Veterinary Science training programme that satisfies the requirements for certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).

The programme will prepare you for the specialty examination of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine specialty of Cardiology 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 Referral Hospital of Langford Vets as part of the clinical Cardiology Service. This will include seeing referred cardiology cases under the supervision of board-certified cardiologists, managing hospitalised patients and also undertaking weeknight and weekend duties on a shared rota. You will also be closely involved with teaching post graduate (interns) and undergraduate veterinary students and nurses during clinical rotations. 

The programme will provide experience in interventional procedures such as balloon valve dilation and PDA closure (using Amplatz and coil devices), as well as in pacemaker implantation.  The Cardiology Service comprises three ACVIM board-certified cardiologists, two assistants, and one rotating intern.  The Cardiology team works closely with other clinical specialist services in Langford Vets, including internal medicine, soft tissue surgeons, diagnostic imaging, critical care, neurologists, anesthetists, clinical pathologists and pathologists, providing a multidisciplinary approach to the patient’s management.

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 American Diploma qualification. The taught Masters will include workplace based assessments and specific training in project design, statistics, paper writing, journal critique and clinical teaching.

Selection criteria for the Residency in Cardiology

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

  • Basic echocardiographic skills (minimum right-sided 2D echo experience in cats and dogs)
  • Evidence of attendance at cardiology-related CPD events / courses
  • Motivation for self-development of clinical skills in cardiology 
  • An interest in developing clinical research skills

Further information

If you have any queries about the Cardiology Residencies please contact Dr Melanie Hezzell
For general information about the program email or see: Residencies

How to apply

Adverts for these training positions will go out on and on the subject specific College websites 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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