‘Residents’ are clinicians who are enrolled in a ‘Residency’ – a clinical training programme to help them achieve recognised Specialist status.
Northwest Veterinary Specialists have residencies in surgery, internal medicine, neurology and oncology. These residencies are accredited by the relevant specialist European College (e.g. European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) and in turn by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS).
Residents are already highly skilled and experienced vets who have completed at least one postgraduate training post (internship). The residency positions are highly competitive, attracting many applicants from around the world.
A Residency involves at least 3 years of full time clinical training under the supervision of European Recognised Specialists in the relevant discipline.
As well as seeing their clinical cases, residents (and other clinicians and specialists) participate in journal clubs, grand rounds, ward rounds, seminars and other teaching/learning sessions. In journal clubs the residents discuss and critically appraise the current peer-reviewed literature to ensure that they are keeping up-to-date on the latest clinical research.
Residents must carry out clinical research projects of their own, which undergo ethical approval, and publish papers in peer-reviewed journals. During and following the residency, the residents sit highly challenging examinations set by the appropriate European specialist college before they achieve recognised specialist status. This is in addition to regular appraisal during their residency.
To ensure that they remain at the cutting edge of their specialty, all European specialists need to be undergo re-accreditation every 5 years for the rest of their career. Residents’ clinical work is supervised by existing European Recognised Specialists, regardless of how experienced they already are – this is a requirement of all residency programmes. All clinical cases in the hospital are discussed in twice daily ward rounds with residents, specialists and interns present.