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SCTS Clinical Pathology



One year in the first instance, renewable for periods of one year up to a total of three years.

Aims of Senior Clinical Training Scholarship (SCTS)

The aim of the Scholarship is to train a recent veterinary graduate with a minimum of 1 year’s experience in a rotating internship of 2 years’ experience in general practice in clinical pathology. Valuable experience and instruction will also be given in teaching, presentation skills and research.
The Scholar will be under the direct supervision of:
University Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pathology

Time allocation

The SCTS will be based in Cambridge.

Study Time

There will be a total of 10 weeks study leave a year. Study time will be in blocks of 2 – 4 weeks. Study objectives will be discussed with the supervisor and will be set out for each year of the scholarship and allocated to each block of study leave.


The training programme for the SCTS will be based at the Clinical Pathology Laboratory at the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital, University of Cambridge. Training will be arranged to meet the current requirements of the European College of Clinical Pathologists, the American College of Pathologists, and the Royal College of Pathologists. The specific requirements for each College can be found on the College's web site. The training will be based largely on the provision of clinical pathology service for the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital and material submitted by veterinary practitioners. Experience will be provided in all aspects of clinical pathology.
In the first year there will be close and continual supervision by Dr Archer. In the second year, the SCTS will be encouraged to become more independent, depending on progress. Advice and supervision will still be provided, but the aim is to achieve a good level of independence by the end of year two.

Departmental Structure and SCTS Training

The Department has well-established and highly successful SCTS programmes with an outstanding achievement for specialist qualifications of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the European Colleges.

Teaching and Continuing Professional Development

The SCTS will be expected to attend the day release courses organised by the University of Cambridge on teaching and learning in higher education. These courses deal with education methods (lectures, seminars and small group teaching etc.) for lecturers involved in tertiary education. There are also computer and audiovisual courses available.
Scholars have to prepare and attend presentations given by and to members of the Department for critical appraisal by colleagues in the Hospital.

Research Programme

The SCTS will be required to undertake a research project in either new diagnostic methods/tests in flow cytometry or in an area of clinical pathology of his/her choice and will be expected to publish the results in a refereed journal. The research project will be agreed between the SCTS, the Clinical Supervisor and the SCTS Research Advisory Panel.

Undergraduate Teaching Participation

The SCTS will be expected to give small group seminars and to assist in clinical pathology practical classes and final year rotation.


The SCTS will be expected to prepare and publish at least two scientific papers in refereed journals during the programme.


The qualifications that the applicant will study for are the European Diploma and/or the Royal College of Pathologists Fellowship in Veterinary Clinical Pathology.

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