Veterinary Clinical Pathology

This is a 3-year Residency and Masters in Veterinary Science training programme that satisfies the requirements for certification by the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath). The University of Bristol is one of the few approved training programmes for the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and the option for the candidate to enrol for the European Diploma qualification in Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ECVCP) will be considered.

The program will prepare you for the certifying examination in the specialty of Veterinary Clinical Pathology 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 in the Diagnostic Laboratories of Langford Vets. You will also be closely involved in teaching and assessing veterinary students and veterinary nurses during clinical rotations.  

The aim of the program is to train a veterinary surgeon to become familiar and competent with the principles, techniques and practice of clinical pathology. The program involves rotation through the Langford Vets diagnostic laboratories where the Resident will be trained in clinical haematology, clinical biochemistry (including urinalysis), endocrinology, cytology, laboratory management, quality control and quality assurance. Possibilities for expanding knowledge in clinical immunology and clinical microbiology (including molecular diagnostic techniques) will be available. The diagnostic laboratories are staffed by highly competent technicians who are committed to teaching, an ECVCP diplomate, an ACVCP diplomate and an FRCPath holder. There is ample diagnostic material from hospitalised cases and the external commercial diagnostic service.

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 take the examination to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. 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 in Veterinary Clinical Pathology

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

  • Evidence of attendance at clinical pathology - related CPD events / courses
  • Motivation for self-development of skills in clinical pathology 
  • Papers or presentations in the field of veterinary clinical pathology
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Evidence of research experience

Further information

If you have any queries about the Veterinary Clinical Pathology Residencies please contact Dr. Marta Costa
For general information about the program see FAQs, email or see: Residencies 

How to apply

See Future Residency Availability for when this position will next be available. Adverts for these training positions will go out on and on the subject specific College website between August – November, with a closing date in December 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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