Postgraduate study

Veterinary Advanced Clinical Training Programme

Awards: PgProfDev by Research

Study modes: Full-time

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (R(D)SVS) Clinical Training Programmes provide an opportunity for qualified veterinary surgeons to undertake a period of advanced clinical training in a variety of disciplines under the guidance and supervision of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, European and American veterinary specialists.

Our Senior Clinical Training Programmes (residencies) are designed to train research-literate clinicians with specialist knowledge and expertise in their chosen field thereby giving them the opportunity to pursue career goals in teaching, research, clinical service and/or specialist practice. The majority of our programmes are approved by the relevant UK and European Colleges (see individual programmes).

The most recent UK RAE results confirm the College as the UK’s top research medical school and its top research veterinary medical school.

Our research aims to enhance understanding of disease processes in animals and to translate that understanding into improved therapies for both animal and human disease.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies offers state of the art clinical facilities for the treatment of large and small animals in the Small Animal and Large Animal Hospitals and the Riddell-Swan Cancer Imaging Centre, with diagnostic support from our on-site Veterinary Pathology Unit.

The School also has excellent large and small animal and exotics first opinion practices as well as a working dairy farm.

You must be, or be eligible to be, a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS).

For a three- and four-year Senior Clinical Training Programme, you must have a minimum of two years' postgraduate veterinary practice experience.

Please contact us to check your eligibility before you apply.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Find out more about our language requirements:

See Scholarships and Student Funding Services for other funding opportunities:

  • Veterinary Clinical Scholars Secretary
  • The Roslin Institute
  • The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
  • Easter Bush
  • Midlothian
  • EH25 9RG

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Veterinary Clinical Scholars Secretary
  • The Roslin Institute
  • The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
  • Easter Bush
  • Midlothian
  • EH25 9RG