Residency, 23/03/2021

NEUROLOGY RESIDENCY (2021 – 2024) / Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University

The Small Animal Department of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University in Belgium will start a new neurology residency program in 2021.

Entry requirements:
-special interest in neurology of domestic animals
-1 year small animal rotating internship or an equivalent experience in private practice (minimum 2 years).
-Dutch is the official language at Ghent University, but foreign candidates fluent in English and willing to learn Dutch will be considered.

3 years, with an optional 4th year.

September 27th, 2021.


The residency will provide intensive training in clinical neurology, including major responsibilities for patients with neurological disease. The candidate will obtain knowledge and experience in clinical neurology, electrodiagnostics, clinical pathology, neuroimaging , neurosurgery (optional), neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuropathology. While clinical neurology training will emphasise small animals, experience with other species will be gained on the respective departments. The resident will be involved in clinical teaching to students, and will be partially responsible for advising rotating interns. He/she will be scheduled to take part in the neurology emergency duty service of the hospital. The training program will include daily contact with specialists in other clinical disciplines. During the residency, some aspects of comparative neurology will be studied.

The small animal clinic of Ghent University is located in Merelbeke, next to Ghent, and 30 minutes from Antwerp and Brussels. It is a well-equipped hospital, with MRI (low field), CT, electrophysiology and neurosurgery equipment on site.

The actual team includes Luc Van Ham (DVM, Dipl ECVN, PhD, Prof), Sofie Bhatti (DVM, PhD, Chief neurology clinician) and Ine Cornelis (DVM, Dipl ECVN, PhD). There are 3 neurology residents (including one last year resident). Caseload per year is over 2000 mostly referred cases (2091 in 2020) and over 200 cases for neurosurgery.
The actual small animal team includes Diplomates in nearly all major disciplines (internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, surgery, cardiology, etc.) and several highly qualified and experienced veterinarians in these and other disciplines. At present there are residents in internal medicine, surgery, neurology, cardiology, dermatology and diagnostic imaging, and there are 10 rotating interns.
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University was number1 in the prestigious Shanghai - Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. dr. L. Van Ham. A detailed residency program isavailable on request.

Send your application, including updated curriculum vitae, letter of intent and 2 reference letters, before May 1st, 2021 to:

Prof. dr. L. Van Ham
Small Animal Department
Ghent University
Salisburylaan 133
B-9820 Merelbeke