Emergency and Critical Care

This is a three year combined Residency and Masters in Veterinary Science programme that satisfies the requirements for certification by the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ECVECC).



The programme will prepare you for the certifying examination in the speciality of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care as well as providing an introduction to clinical research. You will spend the majority of time undertaking clinical duties in the Small Animal Referral hospital of Langford Vets as part of the Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) Service. The residency program is supervised by two board certified Emergency and Critical Care specialists.  You will work alongside a team of highly motivated and dedicated ICU nurses to provide the highest level of compassionate veterinary care to patients managed through the ECC service.  Out of hours duties are shared on a rota basis with the internal medicine residents.  You will also be closely involved in the teaching and assessment of veterinary students, interns and nurses during clinical rotations. 

Case load is highly varied with approximately 10 to 20 animals being accepted as emergency referrals per week with further admissions via the intern run 1st opinion emergency service.  The ICU can accommodate up to 24 patients with facilities to provide 24hr advanced level critical care including long term ventilation. During the three year program, you will benefit from collaborative interaction with specialists in many fields within Langford Vets’ multi-disciplinary referral hospital to optimise patient care. 

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 Veterinary Neurology

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

  • Evidence of attendance at ECC related CPD events / courses
  • Motivation for self-development of clinical skills in Emergency and Critical Care  

Further information

If you have any queries about the ECC Residency please contact Dr Caroline Smith
For general information about the program see FAQs, email cvs-postgrad-enquiries@bristol.ac.uk or see: Residencies 

How to apply

Adverts for these training positions will go out on www.jobs.ac.uk 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

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