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JCTS Rotating in small animal studies


The Junior Clinical Training Scholarship (JCTS) programme provides an opportunity for qualified veterinarians to obtain high-quality, post-graduate training in a large range of small animal disciplines. The objectives of the Programme are to enhance participants’ clinical, diagnostic, problem-solving, communication, and technical skills, and to prepare individuals to advance to a Senior Clinical Training Programme and subsequent specialism. 

Programme duration

13 months, subject to satisfactory completion of the initial 3-month monitoring period

Summary of programme

The programme will start with a short induction period to explain details of the clinical working practices in the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital. Standard operating procedures, clinical responsibilities, and policy regarding when to seek assistance and from whom during each rotation will be covered during this period.
During the period of the Scholarship, the JCTS will receive training in each of the specialist areas they rotate through; soft tissue surgery, orthopaedics, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, diagnostic imaging, anaesthesia and clinical pathology. JCTS will also be an integral part of the out-of-hours care of animals within the hospital especially within the intensive care unit. and provide support for the Senior Clinical Training Scholars (SCTSs) and senior clinical members of staff. The JCTS will have primary case responsibility for first opinion cases presented to the hospital from the RSCPA clinic and as emergencies. Responsibility for referral cases will be shared with SCTSs or senior clinical members of staff. As far as possible JCTS case responsibility (under supervision of the appropriate clinician) will extend from first consultation at the Hospital through all diagnostic procedures and treatments until the patient is discharged.
Critical care is a under the overall control of the Anaesthesia service but critical care treatment and management plans for each patient will be devised by liaison between the anaesthetists and the relevant clinical specialists.
The JCTS will be expected to actively participate in twice daily ward rounds, to take part in journal clubs and seminars associated with the rotation they are on, and to attend seminars, presentations and lectures that occur regularly in the hospital and wider department.
Each JCTS is encouraged to take up a small research project during their scholarship, with the aim of preparing a manuscript for publication in a refereed journal. The manuscript will not be a requirement for completion of the programme and no dedicated time is scheduled for it, but it is considered to be of value and is thus encouraged.  At the end of the scholarship, each JCTS will give a presentation to the staff of the Department on their research or on a case, case series that has attracted their special interest.
A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the programme.