Small animal surgery

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 Surgery (ECVS).


The programme will prepare you for the certifying examination in the speciality of Small Animal Veterinary Surgery 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 Small Animal Referral hospital of Langford Vets as part of the Surgery service. This will include seeing referred surgery cases under the supervision of board-certified 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 and gain invaluable experience in most major areas of small animal soft tissue and orthopaedic veterinary surgery including laparascopic surgery, angular limb correction, total hip replacement. osteosynthesis, arthroscopy etc.

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 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 Residents applicants it is also desirable if you can demonstrate:

  • Evidence of attendance at Small Animal Surgery-related CPD events / courses
  • Motivation for self-development of clinical skills in surgery
  • Evidence of publication / presentations in the field of small animal surgery 

Further information

If you have any queries about the Small Animal Surgery Residencies please contact Dr Lee Meakin or Prof. Sorrel Langley-Hobbs
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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