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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 in diagnostic pathology / histopathology. Valuable experience and instruction will also be given in teaching, presentation skills and clinical research.
The Scholar will be under the direct supervision of:
Professor Alun Williams BVMS PhD FHEA DiplECVP MRCVS, Chair of Veterinary Diagnostic Pathology
Dr Fernando Constantino-Casas MVZ PhD FRCPath, University Pathologist, Diagnostic Team Leader and Anatomic Pathology SCTS Co-ordinator
Dr Kate Hughes BSc (Hons) BVSc PhD FRCPath MRCVS, Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology

Time allocation

The SCTS will be based in Cambridge, UK.

Study Time

There will be a total of 10 weeks study leave a year. Study objectives will be discussed with the supervisor and will be set out for each year of the scholarship.


The training programme for the SCTS will be based at the 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 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 pathology service work for the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital and material submitted by veterinary practitioners. Experience will be provided in all aspects of diagnostic pathology work including post mortem and histological examination of all common domestic species, laboratory animals and some zoo animal species.
In the first year there will be close and continual supervision by Professor Williams, Dr Constantino-Casas, and Dr Hughes. In the second and third 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 three.
Departmental Structure and SCTS Training
The Department has well-established and highly successful SCTS programmes with an outstanding achievement for specialist qualifications of the European Colleges and the Royal College of Pathologists.

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 an area of diagnostic 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 Supervisor and the SCTS Research Advisory Panel.

Undergraduate Teaching Participation

The SCTS will be expected to assist in post mortem practical classes, seminars and other teaching sessions within the Department.


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 in Veterinary Pathology and/or fellowship examinations (parts 1 and 2) of the Royal College of Pathologists.