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Residency in Small Animal Surgery

Residency in Small Animal Surgery - Highcroft Veterinary Referrals


We are excited to offer this three-year clinical training post at Highcroft Veterinary Referrals in Bristol.  You will be supervised and supported by our surgical diplomats to prepare you for the ECVS diploma examinations after completion of the programme.


Highcroft Veterinary Referrals is a specialist led, referral only hospital. Highcroft Veterinary Referrals offers a broad range of Specialist veterinary referral services including internal medicine, oncology, soft tissue surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, anaesthesia, imaging, dermatology, ophthalmology. We have state-of-the-art equipment and highly experienced nursing teams which means that we receive cases from all over the country and give the assurance of exceptional care to all of our patients.


This 3-year residency program includes 70-75% time on-clinics having primary responsibility on clinical cases, the remainder being divided between externships, research and paper writing. Participation in the emergency service will be organised on a shared rota basis (no more than 1-in 4 week nights and 1-in-4 weekends on call, averaged over twelve months). The resident will also be expected to present research work at scientific congresses and be involved in CPD events for first opinion vets. Particular attention will be paid to meeting credentials criteria to sit the ECVS certifying examination at the end of the residency program.


We are looking for a candidate with a proactive, professional approach and a positive attitude at all times, together with outstanding interpersonal skills, an ability to stay calm under pressure, great team work skills, and a commitment to practising the highest standards of veterinary medicine and patient care is required.

If you think you have these skills and wish to apply for the residency programme you must be a qualified Veterinary Surgeon and be eligible for full Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). 

A minimum of twelve months experience working as a qualified Veterinary Surgeon in small animal private practice in the UK is essential. We expect that candidates will have completed a minimum of a one year rotating internship.


Highcroft Veterinary Referrals is a multidisciplinary referral centre in Bristol (South West of England), with a great team spirit and a wide range of referral services. The city is well connected to Cardiff, Exeter, Birmingham and London by road and rail and Bristol International Airport is within a 15 minute drive giving easy access to continental Europe and beyond. Beautiful countryside in Somerset, Wales and Cornwall is a short distance away.

Highcroft Veterinary Referrals is part of CVS (UK) Ltd., the UK's largest provider of integrated veterinary services with approximately 450 clinics across UK, Netherlands and Ireland including seven referral centres. Further information on Highcroft Veterinary Referrals can be found on our website at and on CVS at



Salary & Benefits

Starting salary (£41,200 in year 1, rising to £43,775 in year 2, and £46,350 in year 3)

- Company contributory pension scheme

- 25 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays

- £1600 CPD budget allowance

- RCVS and VDS memberships paid

- Online RCVS library membership



For more information or to discuss more informally with the team please contact:


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Highcroft (Whitchurch Referral)
615 Wells Road, Whitchurch, Bristol, United Kingdom, BS14 9BE
HIGH W Ref0058
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    Attractive Salary + Benefits
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    Highcroft Referral
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    Fixed Term Contract
  • Closing Date:
    12 March 2021
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