Equine Internal Medicine

This is a four year Residency and Masters in Veterinary Science programme that satisfies the requirements for certification by the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM).


The programme will prepare you for the certifying examination in the speciality of Equine Medicine 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 in the Equine Referral hospital of Langford Vets as part of the referral and first opinion Equine service. This will include seeing referred cases under the supervision of board-certified medics and surgeons, managing hospitalised patients and also undertaking weeknight and weekend duties on a shared rota. You will also be closely involved in the teaching and assessment of veterinary students and veterinary nurses during clinical rotations. 

You will receive training in equine medicine, with a view to meeting most of your ECEIM caselog requirements. The hospital sees a broad range of general medicine cases, with particular emphasis on sports medicine and headshaking. The programme benefits from a recent expansion of the medicine team to three board certified equine medics and two board certified sports medics, along with two ophthalmologists with a particular interest in equine ophthalmology and a diagnostic imaging department with a strong equine bias. There may be the opportunity to spend time at other centres to gain a broader experience in a few select areas.

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. The skills obtained in, and requirements of, the taught Masters’ compliment and support those required for the European Diploma.

Selection criteria for the Residency / Masters in Equine Internal Medicine

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

  • Evidence of attendance at Equine Medicine-related CPD events / courses
  • Motivation for self-development of clinical skills in equine medicine
  • Evidence of publication / presentations in the field of equine medicine, to vets or horse owners

Further information

If you have any queries about the Equine Surgery Residency please contact Dr. Veronica Roberts , Dr. Sarah Smith
For general information about the program email cvs-postgrad-enquiries@bristol.ac.uk or see: Residencies

How to apply

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