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Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVetMed) / Clinical residency in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

University of Nottingham - School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Nottingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £23,808 tax-free stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 15th April 2019
Closes: 14th July 2019

Project title: Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVetMed) / Clinical residency in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Principal supervisor: Mark Bowen

Other supervisors: John Burford, Gayle Hallowell

Background: The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS) provides clinical teaching using a community-based model, whereby undergraduate and postgraduate students are taught within clinical associate practices overseen by clinical specialists employed by the School. This provides clinical exposure to a large range of clinical cases appropriate to a range of training opportunities and creates an environment for clinical research using both retrospective clinical data and a significant case load that supports prospective clinical studies.

Project description:

This 4-year programme includes a taught component (120 credits) delivered through a specialist residency training programme aligned to the European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation based within the clinical associate network of practices based in the East Midlands. A research project aligned to the programme specification of a PhD is integrated into the programme.

Veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation is defined as a multidisciplinary speciality that encompasses the in depth physical and clinical examination, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sport and work-related injuries/disorders and rehabilitation of animals’ health. Clinical training will be supervised by clinical specialists in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, surgery, internal medicine, diagnostic imaging using the large caseload and specialist clinical equipment including cardiology, CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiography and objective gait assessment. Clinical training will include a requirement to undertake out-of-hours clinical work.

The research project will focus on the clinical application of objective gait assessment in a sports horses setting. Candidates with existing experience in the use of inertial movement units in a clinical and research setting are sought for this project. Further details of the programme can be found at

Further information and Application

Applicants must be a Member of the RCVS at the time of application and be graduates of an EAEVE accredited veterinary school and have 3 years of post-graduate equine clinical experience. English language qualifications are required for those whose first language is not English as described in the website above.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the principal supervisor: 

Candidates should apply online and attach a CV and covering letter.  When completing the online application form, please ensure that you state that you are applying for a postgraduate position within the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and specify ‘sports medicine’ in the personal statement.

Any queries regarding the application process should be addressed to Postgraduate Admissions Officer, (email:

Interview Date: 30th April 2019

Start Date: 1st August 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Closing date: The position will be filled when suitable candidates have been identified. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Eligibility for Funding

Applicants must be eligible for UK/EU/EEA fees (details at A tax-free stipend of £23,808 pa is payable

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