Veterinary Ophthalmology

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


The programme will prepare you for the certifying examination in the speciality of Veterinary Ophthalmology 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 multi-disciplinary Small Animal Referral hospital of Langford Vets as part of the Ophthalmology service. This will include seeing referred cases under the supervision of a board-certified ophthalmologist, 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 comprehensive training in the medical and surgical aspects of clinical veterinary ophthalmology. As part of the ECVO residency programme requirements you will be trained in veterinary ophthalmology across a wide range of species (farm animal, equine, rabbit, rodent, avian and reptile), and in anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging and pathology specialities as they pertain to ophthalmology cases. The University of Bristol ophthalmology unit also regularly works with zoological and wildlife species and is actively involved in international charity work. 

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 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 Small Animal Veterinary Surgery

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

  • Evidence of attendance at Ophthalmology-related CPD events / courses
  • Motivation for self-development of clinical skills in ophthalmology
  • Evidence of publication / presentations in the field of veterinary ophthalmology

Further information

If you have any queries about the Veterinary Ophthalmology Residency please contact Dr Claudia Hartley
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 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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