Veterinary Internal Medicine (Feline)

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

Alongside the clinical work, my postgraduate training has also opened my eyes to clinical research, enabling me to publish my first primary author paper and collaborate on other studies.


The programme will prepare you for the European certifying examination in the speciality of small animal internal medicine as well as providing an introduction to clinical research. You will spend the majority of your time undertaking clinical duties in the Small Animal Referral Hospital of Langford Vets, which incorporates the world renowned Feline Centre, as part of the internal medicine service. This will include seeing referred feline and canine medicine and emergency cases under the supervision of board-certified internal medicine and critical care specialists, managing hospitalised patients and also undertaking weeknight and weekend duties on a shared rota with the other internal medicine residents. You will be closely involved in the teaching and assessment of veterinary students and nurses during clinical rotations.  You will also spend time rotating through the cardiology, neurology and oncology services.&

Although the emphasis for this position is feline you will receive training in all aspects of both feline and canine internal medicine, in order to prepare you for the ECVIM examinations. It is anticipated that your training, research and feline clinical experience will lead you to acquire recognition by the RCVS as a Feline Medicine Specialist.  The School has the facilities and equipment expected of a first class referral practice, with videoendoscopy, fluoroscopy, ultrasound capabilities, MRI, CT and scintigraphy. The hospital is multidisciplinary enabling cases to be managed to the highest level with specialists in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, neurology, emergency and critical care, clinical pathology, cardiology, ophthalmology, oncology, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, anaesthesia and behaviour. The Langford Vets Feline Centre is an international hub of feline excellence You will work closely with four RCVS Recognised Specialists in Feline Medicine and alongside the team of European and American Internal Medicine Specialists. We have been awarded the Cat Friendly Clinic Gold Standard Award by International Cat Care in recognition of our dedicated feline only facilities and working practice. We have a fantastic team of dedicated feline nurses who also have advanced qualifications in feline medicine.

A recent introduction to the Residency training programme is the incorporation of a taught Masters in Veterinary Science. The Masters programme will allow you to achieve a recognised 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. You will be involved in conducting some original research.

Selection criteria for the Residency / Masters in Feline Internal Medicine

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

  • Motivation for self-development of clinical skills in feline medicine 
  • Knowledge and experience of the application of cat-friendly standards to clinical practice, vetting-in at cat shows etc.
  • Evidence of attendance at feline internal medicine-related CPD events / courses.
  • Experience of publishing or presenting in the field of feline medicine (e.g. case report in Companion, veterinary nursing article in Feline Focus)

Further information

If you have any queries about the Feline Medicine Residency please contact Miss Angie Hibbert , Miss Chris Maunder
For general information about the program see FAQs, email or see: Residencies 

How to apply

Adverts for these training positions will go out on and on the subject specific College website between September – 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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