Vets Now has developed a specialist residency training programme in small animal emergency and critical care – the first of its kind in Scotland and one of only four in Europe – at its referral hospital in Glasgow.

Current resident Emma Donnelly at the Vets Now referral hospital in Glasgow with her dog, Boston.

The three-year programme, approved by the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ECVECC), provides the resident with advanced clinical training and allows him or her to sit further exams and qualify as a diplomate of ECVECC.

Of the four ECVECC-approved residency programmes, Vets Now is the only one in private practice, as the programmes in London, Toulouse and Lyon all operate from university hospitals.

The programme requires the resident to contribute to the development of the specialty by publishing a research study.

Vets Now will support him or her to do so by focusing on evidence-based medicine and providing access to Vets Now’s database of more than 100,000 annual emergency cases. The research will also provide useful information for practising vets.

The programme will provide the resident with invaluable experience in surgery, medicine, imaging, neurology, ophthalmology, cardiology and anaesthesia. On securing the diploma, the resident is recognised as a European specialist, as well as having the opportunity to apply for listing with the RCVS as an RCVS specialist.

Director of the Vets Now residency programme Amanda Boag, who is president of ECVECC, said: “The programme gives residents the opportunity to work at the cutting edge of emergency and critical care and actively involves them in the ongoing development of this field of veterinary medicine.

“The new residency programme is key to developing high quality emergency and critical care specialists
and will provide the resident with the necessary credentials to qualify for the ECVECC certification examination.

“In developing the programme we are not only demonstrating our commitment to the professional development of the residents, but also to the ongoing development of emergency critical care.

“We’re proud at Vet’s Now of what we have achieved so far and will continually drive innovation and improvement in this field,” she added.

Emma Donnelly
, a former intern at Vets Now, has now progressed to take the first residency placement in the programme.

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