PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Veterinary Clinical Practice

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Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Awards available PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Langford campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date July 2019 (18-19 fees apply)
July 2020

Programme overview

This programme will appeal to vets with one or two years' clinical experience who want to develop their clinical skills. As well as preparing students for further clinical training, it also aims to develop skills for a primary care setting.

The diploma lasts 12 months and encompasses several pathways, including small animal practice, equine practice and clinical pathology; each student will pick one pathway for study. There are two compulsory units for each pathway and each unit carries equal weighting.

The goal is for students to consolidate and build on the clinical knowledge and skills gained from their undergraduate study and prior professional practice (eg the RCVS Professional Development Phase) in an area of veterinary medicine. Teaching will be delivered through a combination of directed clinical training, face-to-face presentations and seminars, online resources and self-directed learning. Students will also receive training in evidence-based veterinary medicine.

Fees for 2019/20

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
Overseas: full-time
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2019/20

Fees for UK, EU and EEA applicants will be funded by a scholarship provided by Langford Veterinary Services. Overseas applicants will need to provide their own funding.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Each pathway comprises two compulsory 70-credit units. Each unit consists of clinical activity, seminars and an evidence-based review. Clinical activity takes place through rotations in a variety of areas within Langford Veterinary Services, including out-of-hours immersion. Units will run concurrently through the year.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Practice.

Entry requirements

Applicants will need a relevant degree that allows them membership to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, plus a minimum of one year's primary clinical experience in an English-speaking practice.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile A
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


Graduates could go on to study for a master's by research or taught master's programme (eg MSc in Clinical Veterinary Science, MVetMed/PhD). Career destinations could include general practice, academia or specialist veterinary practice.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Monday 7 January 2019, 23:59 GMT (for July 2019 start date)

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

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REF 2014 results

  • Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science:
  • 35% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 53% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 11% of research is recognised internationally (2*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Open days and visits

Find out more about opportunities to visit Bristol.

Register to attend our postgraduate open day, 20 November 2019.

Get in touch

Marta Costa EBVS European Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology, Teaching fellow in Clinical Pathology Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 9192 Email:

Miss Christina Maunder Small Animal Practice Unit organiser Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 9192 Email:

Small Animal Hospital,
Langford House,
BS40 5DU


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