Dr Sarah Girling in surgery


Residency programme

ECVS residency programme

Fitzpatrick Referrals’ three-year ECVS residency programme involves balanced rotations between two hospitals, both world-renowned with high case-loads of both routine and complex cases and first-class facilities.

The successful applicants will be trained by and work alongside ECVS, ACVS, ECVN, ECVIM, ECVAA, ECVSMR, ACVSMR and RCVS Diplomates. You will partake in the small animal surgery referral service, including contributing to the out-of-hours emergency service.

Staff at Fitzpatrick Referrals caring for patients

Residency candidate criteria

  • Eligible to be a member of The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Applicants must have completed at least one rotating internship or equivalent
  • Clinical experience in first-opinion practice is highly desirable
  • Excellent command of the English language is necessary
  • Focus, determination and a passion for surgery
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong references
Fitzpatrick Referrals theatre

State-of-the-art facilities

Fitzpatrick Referrals offers modern surgical suites with advanced equipment for orthopaedic and neurological surgery. These are supported by digital radiography and advanced imaging suites with CT and MRI scanners.

Full-featured anaesthetic monitoring equipment including ECG, pulse oximetry, non-invasive blood pressure, and capnography complement the surgical theatres. A state-of-the-art kinetic and kinematic laboratory allows objective pre and postoperative gait analysis.

Physical rehabilitation facilities include a dedicated physiotherapy area and large hydrotherapy centre with a swimming pool and underwater treadmill. An in-house diagnostic laboratory and advanced therapeutics are also available to further increase the quality of care to our patients.

How and when to apply

Every year, we typically open applications for two residency positions around November/December time, with interviews taking place in February/March and a June/July start date.

Our residencies will be advertised on our careers page when applications are open, however, we also welcome applicants to get in touch all year round.

To express interest in the programme, please send a CV and letter of intent to [email protected].

We welcome international applicants and can provide support with your visa application process and RCVS registration.

Sedated dog being cared for by Senior Clinician, Surgical Resident, RVN and VCA

Research centre

We bring together all of the research papers and studies carried out by the clinicians who work at Fitzpatrick Referrals.