Zoological Medicine

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


The programme will prepare you for the certifying examination in the speciality of Zoo health management as well as providing an introduction to clinical research by completion of a Masters in Veterinary Science. You will spend the majority of time at Bristol Zoo and The Wild place conducting clinical duties. This will include managing Zoological cases under the direct and distance supervision by board-certified zoo veterinarian’s, and also undertaking weekend and weeknight duties on a shared rota. You will be closely involved in the teaching and assessment of veterinary students during clinical rotations. 

You will receive training in most areas of Zoo health Management including animal management, preventative medicine, clinical zoo medicine, restraint and anaesthesia, comparative pathology and disease investigation of zoo animals, including invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. 

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 project design, statistics, paper writing, journal critique and clinical teaching.

Selection criteria for the Residency / Masters in Zoo Health Management 

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

  • Evidence of attendance at Zoological CPD events / courses
  • Motivation for self-development of clinical skills in Zoo Animals
  • Evidence of publication / presentations in the field of zoo health management

Further information

If you have any queries about the Zoo Health Management residency please contact Dr Michelle Barrows 
For general information about the program see FAQs, email cvs-postgrad-enquiries@bristol.ac.uk or see: Residencies

How to apply

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

Applications for residencies need to be submitted via Hobsons. For details see How To Apply.

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