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 2020

Programme overview

Please note: Due to alternative arrangements for teaching and assessment in place from 18 March 2020 to mitigate against the restrictions in place due to COVID-19, information shown for 2020/21 may not always be accurate.

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

The diploma lasts 12 months and encompasses several pathways, including small animal practice, equine practice and clinical pathology; you 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. You will also receive training in evidence-based veterinary medicine.

Fees for 2020/21

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
£8,820
Overseas: full-time
£25,080
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£8,820

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 2020/21

Scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students, covering the tuition fees and stipend, are provided by Langford Veterinary Services

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

Careers

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:

18 November 2019 (for July 2020 start date)

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Get in touch

Contact details

Marta Costa EBVS European Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology, Teaching fellow in Clinical Pathology, Programme Director PGDip in Veterinary Clinical Practice Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 9192 Email: cvs-postgrad-enquiries@bristol.ac.uk

Miss Christina Maunder Small Animal Practice Unit organiser Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 9192 Email: cvs-postgrad-enquiries@bristol.ac.uk

Small Animal Hospital
Langford House
Langford
BS40 5DU
School website: Bristol Veterinary School

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REF 2014 results

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  • 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.

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