PhD Studentship: Senior Clinical Training Scholarship in Small Animal Internal Medicine in association with Royal Canin

University of Nottingham

Principal supervisors: Dr Nick Bexfield and Dr Mark Dunning

Background; The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS) undertakes research on many key aspects of companion animals and livestock health and production. Research at the School is integrated into the University structure with established world class research in biomedical sciences within the other University Schools.  Research undertaken at the School is relevant to both Veterinary Medicine and Science and Comparative and Human Medicine.


We invite applications for 3-year ECVIM-approved residency programme in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Applicants must have successfully completed a 12-month rotating internship or have equivalent experience gained during 2 years in small animal practice. Applicants will be expected to work towards the Diploma examination for admission to the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. The Training Scholarship is kindly sponsored by Royal Canin and as such an interest in clinical nutrition is desirable.

The Training Scholarship is overseen by the University of Nottingham and the successful candidate will be enrolled for a Masters degree in Veterinary Medicine (MVM). Further details can be found at

The residency is based at Pride Veterinary Centre, Derby, (, a clinical associate teaching practice of the University of Nottingham’s Veterinary School. Pride Veterinary Centre is a state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary referral hospital and includes facilities such as on-site MRI (1.5T), a 16 slice CT scanner, fluoroscopy, digital arthroscopy, endoscopy, a radioiodine facility, an extensive array of surgical equipment including laparoscopy, an ICU, chemotherapy suite and a physiotherapy unit. Four ECVIM Diplomats in small animal internal medicine will supervise the Resident.

however, formal applications must be submitted through the University admission’s portal, detailed below. A tax free starting stipend of £22,000 is provided, and tuition fees and a CPD allowance are awarded as part of the studentship. Accommodation is not provided, but is readily available nearby.

Further information and Application

Applicants must hold a veterinary degree and be members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Where English is not your first language, we require evidence of your competence in English, in the form of an IELTS score of at least 7.5 (with no less than 7.0 in any element).

Informal enquiries should be directed to either Dr Nick Bexfield ( or Dr Mark Dunning (;

Candidates should apply online and include a CV and covering letter.  Any queries regarding the application process should be addressed to the Postgraduate Admissions Officer, (email:

Start Date:

Spring 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Closing date:

20th December 2016 – Interviews will likely take place January 2017.

Eligibility for Funding

Funding restrictions apply for International students

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