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Clinical Scholarship (Internship) in the Small Animal Hospital

Mission Statement:
The faculty aims to deliver excellence in teaching and research and to advance
knowledge and promote excellence in the practice of veterinary medicine

Core Objectives:
    To provide the academic and physical environment to foster science at the
      highest international level, and thus to be pivotal players in the knowledge
      driven economy, through targeted research in comparative medicine
    To create an educational environment that is proactive and innovative in
      curricula design and teaching methodologies to ensure that our veterinary
      graduates are fit to meet changing demands of society in the advancement of
      veterinary science.
    To provide a clinical centre of excellence for our communities
    To foster partnerships with industry in the development of new biotechnology
      based products and modern molecular technologies and therapeutics


The Faculty of Veterinary medicine (Veterinary School) is located on the 80 hectare
Garscube Campus at the Northwest boundary of the city, four miles from the main
University at Gilmorehill. The School was founded in 1862 and gained independent
Faculty status in 1969. It is the only Veterinary School in the UK where all academic
departments are located on a single site. The School has a 190 hectare commercial
farm and research centre at Cochno, 15 minutes from the Garscube Campus (5 miles

The Faculty comprises 1 department with staff assigned to Divisions and academic
support units namely:

    Animal Production & Public Health
    Cell Sciences
    Companion Animal Sciences
    Infection & Immunity
    Pathological Sciences
    Wellcome Centre for Molecular parasitology

Support Units:
    Clinical Services Unit
    Operations Unit
    Research Unit
    Teaching Unit
The Faculty has approximately 300 staff (academic, research and support) with an
additional 65 postgraduate research students, 30 post graduate clinical scholars and
500 undergraduate students.

The School is internationally recognised for its research and was awarded a rating of
5B in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. It also received an Excellent rating in
the 1996 Quality Assessment of Teaching and in 1999 became only the third
European School to achieve approved status from the American Veterinary Medical
Association. The Faculty was visited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
and the European Association of Educational Veterinary Establishments in 2002, and
was fully accredited. Further information on the Faculty can be found on the web at


Clinical Services are supplied through the Small Animal Hospital, The Weipers
Centre for Equine Welfare, Animal Production and Public Health and Veterinary
Diagnostic Services, with a combined staff of approximately 108.

Small Animal Hospital
The Small Animal Hospital is one of the leading specialist veterinary centres in the
country. It handles almost 7000 cases per year, with approximately £2m in annual
turnover. Thirteen specialist areas are staffed by 40 veterinary surgeons and 17
qualified veterinary nurses and the hospital is an approved training centre for RCVS
and European diplomas in such areas as neurology, surgery, internal medicine,
diagnostic imaging, anaesthesia and pathology.             Presently there are 13
RCVS/European diplomates/specialists working in the hospital.

The hospital is well equipped with on-site CT, fluoroscopy, radiology,
ultrasonography, video endoscopy and weekly MRI clinics. It has an ICU with
dedicated staffing and a modern theatre complex. An advanced electronic patient
record system is operational and is being extended.


The aim of the clinical training scholarship (internship) is to provide a well-rounded
postgraduate clinical training in medicine and surgery, over one year. The time spent
doing the scholarship can be used towards one of the Royal College of Veterinary
Surgeons Certificates .

Scholars must possess a veterinary degree which is recognised by the Royal College
of Veterinary Surgeons and be Members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
and be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the United Kingdom. Where
applicable candidates must provide evidence of competency in speaking English, as
demonstrated by a formal qualification in English. The minimum acceptable
standards are: TOEFL 580 and IELTS 6.5.

Clinical Training
The Clinical Scholar will be involved in the diagnosis, treatment and care of medical
and surgical cases in several speciality areas under the supervision of faculty
members. An additional requirement when in the surgery rotation will be
participation in the dog and cat neutering clinics. Interns will work in conjunction
with both senior staff members and also the senior clinical scholars attached to that
particular discipline. Responsibility for specific referral cases will be assigned to the
Clinical Scholar at the discretion of a faculty member in charge of the case. The
Clinical Scholar will also be responsible for triage/emergency clinics under the
supervision of the on-duty faculty member. .

The clinical scholars will rotate through the main clinical areas of the Small Animal
Hospital.    These will normally be anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, surgery,
neurology, oncology and internal medicine. The anaesthesia rotation will include a
commitment to the intensive therapy unit. The diagnostic imaging rotation will
involve duties as a radiographer but also the involvement in specialist techniques and
in ultrasonography. Radiographic film reporting will be included in their duties. The
surgery rotation will produce material for basic surgical training and there will be
some limited exposure to orthopaedic, neurological and ophthalmic surgery.

Core Teaching Programme
There is a structured programme consisting of a number of seminars and clinical
rounds. The Clinical Scholar will be expected to attend these on a regular basis.

Seminar Programme
All the clinical scholars must attend the seminars which will be organised throughout
the year, on average 5 seminars per month. These include formal lectures by senior
staff, resident seminars and the resident case discussion sessions. A list of topics
covered in recent years in available on request. The Clinical Scholar must present one
case report per year as part of the seminar programme. In addition, the Clinical
Scholar will be expected to attend research seminars, clinical/pathological
conferences, seminars given by departmental visitors and journal club meetings.

Clinical Rounds
Every morning Clinical Scholars are expected to attend discipline specific rounds
depending on their rotation). Clinical rounds also include clinicopathological
demonstrations, a post-graduate clinical club, weekly radiology rounds, weekly
clinical pathology rounds and student grand rounds. These make a very important
contribution to clinical teaching and must be attended by the Clinical Scholars.

Undergraduate Teaching Commitments
Most of the undergraduate clinical teaching is undertaken in the final year of the
BVMS course and this is based on small group clinical rotations. The final year is
lecture free. The Clinical Scholar will be expected to participate in small group
teaching when on the particular clinical rotations with the students. The clinical
scholars are often viewed as role models by veterinary undergraduate students and
thus teaching of and communication with the undergraduate students is very
important. The Scholar will participate in clinical instruction and in the evaluation of
students allocated to their particular rotation. The Clinical Scholars will be involved
in teaching veterinary undergraduate students the art and science of case history
taking, clinical examination and the design of therapeutic protocols for cases in
his/her care. Whenever appropriate the Clinical Scholar will supervise students in the
performance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
Emergency Duty
The Clinical Scholars will be part of an emergency service that is split into a day and
night shift. Final year students, who will be on site, are part of these shifts. The
Clinical Scholars are responsible for the care and treatment of all the in-patients
including those in Intensive Care. They are also the first point of contact for referring
veterinary surgeons who wish to refer an emergency to the Small Animal Hospital.
There will, however, be two senior clinical scholars (residents - one surgery, one
medicine) on a back-up duty rota as well. Staff clinicians are also available for out-
of-hours emergencies. Clinical scholars will also provide a day time triage service for
emergencies referred within working hours. Usually night sift is organised on a 1 in 6
basis. Continuous supervision of the final year is usually required and clinical
scholars are required to remain in the hospital all night. However the clinical scholar
who is on night shift has no day time responsibilities and so is not expected to be at
work during those days.

Assessment of Performance
The Clinical Scholars’ Committee is responsible for the running of the clinical scholar
programme and ensuring that standards are maintained and improved where

Evaluation of the clinical scholars is based on the following: -

      There will be an ongoing evaluation of each clinical scholar’s performance
       made by each of the senior faculty clinicians, and by the Scholar’s supervisor

      Feedback from the student teaching assessment

      The writing and publication of any articles in a peer reviewed journal. It is
       hoped that each clinical scholar will be able to produce at least one publication
       during their year of study

      The achievement of any post-graduate qualification

      Attendance at the structured core teaching programme

A certificate of achievement will be given to all those clinical scholars who
successfully complete the programme.

Terms and Conditions
The Stupend is £12,500 per annum. Fifteen days annual leave (plus public holidays –
or time off in lieu) is given. Generally these appointments are only for one year
although they do provide ideal basic training for those scholars who would like to join
the senior clinical scholar (Residency) programme. It has been agreed with the Inland
Revenue that these Scholarships are not subject to PAYE and National Insurance
contributions are the responsibility of the individual. Clinical Scholars/Interns do not
receive any additional payment for the rotations that involve shift work but are
provided with free accommodation. Holders of Scholarships are required to
matriculate (register) as post-graduate students.
A small allowance is made available to each Scholar to cover academic costs e.g.
photocopying. No formal study leave is permitted, however there are many
opportunities for private study.

Method of Application

Application forms should be submitted to Mrs Morag Wallace, University of
Glasgow, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bearsden Road, Glasgow, G61 1QH
                                                                             University of Glasgow
                                                                              Person Specification

Post Title: Junior Clinical Scholar (Intern)

       FACTORS                                                                         CRITERIA                                                    MEANS OF ASSESSMENT

                                                                                                                                              Application   Reference   Interview
 Education                 Essential   A1      A degree that is registerable with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons                        
 and                                   A2      A formal qualification in spoken and written English, where applicants use English as a            
 Professional                                  foreign language (TOEFL 580; IELTS 6.5)
 Qualifications            Desirable   B1      Academic achievement relative to peer group                                                        

 Experience/Training       Essential   C1      At least one year of practical clinical experience and training with companion animals (this                   
 (including research                           may include undergraduate courses with a significant practical component and periods of
 experience                                    extra-mural studies)
                                       C2      Practical clinical skills such as anaesthesia, radiography, basic surgery, placement of                        
                                               intravenous catheters etc.
 if appropriate)           Desirable   D1       Experience of clinical decision making with companion animals in first opinion or referral                               
                                       D2      Experience of practical responsibility for clinical case management                                                       
                                       D3      Experience of coping with a substantial clinical case load                                                                
 Specific aptitude         Essential   E1      Motivation to undertake scholarship                                                                                       
 and abilities                         E2      Ability to deliver the highest standards of clinical care under the direction of others                                   
                                               Ability to communicate effectively using written and spoken English with clients, nurses,
                                       E3      students, other scholars and staff                                                                                        
                           Desirable   F1      Experience of small group or individual student teaching                                                                  
                                       F2      Experience of clinical or basic science research                                                                          
                                       F3      Ability to communicate in idiomatic English (to facilitate communication with clients)                                    
                                       F4      Knowledge of national veterinary regulations and practices                                                                
 Interpersonal skills      Essential   G1      Ability to work in a team                                                                                                 
                                       G2      Willingness to take directions from nurses, senior clinical scholars and staff                                            
                                       G3      Ability to give good directions to student veterinary nurses and students veterinary                                      
                                       G4      High standard of professional ethics                                                                                      
                           Desirable   H1      Open, friendly manner with students, clients, nurses, scholars and other staff                                            

 Special factors           Essential   I1      Willingness to work anti-social hours, shift work and to cover in cases of colleagues                                     
                           Desirable   J1      Ability to think and work effectively and quickly                                                                         
                                       J2      Ability to respond effectively to new challenges                                                                          