Can non-EU citizens apply for Residencies?

Yes, non-EU citizens are welcome to apply for any Residency. We are keen to find the best candidates regardless of their nationality. Funding models for these posts are weighted towards EU citizens, so when candidates are equal, Residencies will be offered to EU citizens.

Does it matter if I did not do an internship?

The importance of completing an internship prior to applying for a Residency varies between individual programmes. Some programmes place more value on experience gained in clinical veterinary practice. Please check with the requirements of the programme of interest.

How can I arrange an English language test?

If English is not your first language you will need to take an IELTS (Academic) test.  The level you need to attain can be found under HOW TO APPLY.

What happens if my referee does not provide their letter of support by the deadline?

This will impact on your application. You should request a letter from your referees as soon as you have decided to apply and either attach them to your application or get them to send them direct to 

Is it necessary to pass an examination to become MRCVS before starting the Residency?

Membership with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons requires an examination only if your veterinary degree is not recognised by the RCVS. Many veterinary degrees awarded by schools worldwide are recognised, so do not require examination. For further details please go to the RVCS website. New residents must have registered with the RCVS before the start of their residency, it is the residents responsibility to organise and pay for this.

Can I apply for a Residency if I already have a PhD? Yes, candidates with a PhD are welcome to apply for any Residency.  Candidates must have completed the PhD by the start of the programme and preferably before the application and interview date. All residents, regardless of qualifications, will study for a Masters in Veterinary Science as part of the training programme.

Can I apply to more than one Residency in the same year?

You may, but this is not encouraged.  Your priority may be unclear and it would not improve your chances of being offered a position. Most programmes are interested in individuals committed to a specialty.

Can I visit Langford Vets before applying for a Residency?

Yes, with enough notice and forward planning visiting can usually be accommodated so that you can meet academic staff and existing residents and learn more about our programmes. Please contact the director of the specific training programme to arrange a visit (see information for VISITORS).

Do the Residency programmes offer elective periods of study at other schools?

Under the advisement of your programme supervisor, scholars may arrange elective periods in other institutions.

Is accommodation provided for Residents?

Accommodation is not provided; however, we may be able to help supply you with contact details of other residents so you can arrange shared accommodation amongst yourselves.

Are there funds provided for Residents for completion of research projects?

Residents are provided with a small yearly academic allowance, which can be used to fund small projects or attendance at meetings. Additionally, Residents will have the opportunity to apply for competitive grants to fund research projects.

What proportion of Residents from the RVC gain specialty board certification?

Over 90% of Residents from Bristol achieve specialty board certification, most on their first attempt, although success rates vary between subjects.

Is the start date of the Residencies flexible?

All Residency’s start in the second week of July of each year when induction activities are scheduled (occasionally positions will start earlier to replace a resident, while we are transitioning to a July start across all subjects). Starting late (e.g. because of a prior commitment) is not possible.

Where and when will the positions be advertised?

Advertisements for these training positions will go out on www.jobs.ac.uk and on the subject specific College website between September – October in the preceding year, with a closing date in November and interviews in January.

How do I know when the next Residency position will be available?

In some subjects there will be positions available annually, in other subjects there is only one resident at a time.


If your question has not been answered please contact
Cvs-postgrad-enquiries@bristol.ac.uk or go to Residencies

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