Residency, 25/11/2022

Neurology and Neurosurgery Residency - Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service

The closing date for applications is Sunday 18th December 2022. Interviews for the position will be taking place in January 2023.

Be part of one of the UKs leading small animal referral centres!

Applications are invited for Willows’ world leading three year ECVN conforming Neurology and Neurosurgery Residency, commencing in April 2023. As a Resident you will be working as part of Willows’ team of five ECVN specialists, three residents and two neurology nurses.

Why Willows?

Joining one of the UKs largest and most established referral centres you will be working alongside our World leading multi-disciplinary team including Orthopaedics, Diagnostic Imaging, Internal Medicine, Soft Tissue Surgery, Anaesthesia, Emergency and Critical Care, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Oncology and Physiotherapy/Rehabilitation. Our hospital facilities are of the highest quality and include high field MRI, 64- slice CT, advanced electrodiagnostic facilities including EEG as well as an extensive range of surgical equipment.

Willows’ Neurology and Neurosurgery residency has evolved over the past nine years to be of the highest quality, offering a rigorous program with strong academic and didactic elements as well as access to a busy and varied caseload.

With approximately 250 personnel, including around 60 Veterinary Surgeons, our philosophy is very much one of friendly co-operation between all members of the team with a collaborative culture between clinicians working across every specialism, creating a supportive and good-humoured atmosphere.

Benefits of a Willows Neurology Residency:

·        Direct, individual supervision from our team of five ECVN Diplomate clinicians

·        A structured rota ensures a level of supervision matched by few other residency programmes

·        Generous time off-clinics for private study, external rotations and research projects

·        Weekly neuroimaging rounds and journal club

·        Participation in monthly Knowledge Summary Seminars with residents across Linnaeus

·        Access to Linnaeus clinical and professional skills training including wet lab neurosurgery practical training and scientific writing

·        Superb facilities including: State-of-the-art Siemens Sola 1.5T high field MRI, Siemens Somatom 64 slice CT, purpose-built ICU, Neurogen electrodiagnostics unit including EEG, Aesculap Microspeed neurosurgical equipment and SonoCure ultrasonic surgical aspirator.

·        Pioneering expertise including the use of 3D printing for advanced spinal surgery

·        Advanced brain procedures including hypophysectomy

·        An outstanding team of clinical support staff including dedicated neurology nurses, physiotherapists and chronic pain clinic.


Your responsibilities:

·        Supervised responsibility for a large and varied caseload

·        Contribution to our active research program through clinical research projects

·        In addition to day-to-day clinical duties you will also participate in an out of hours on-call rota for neurological and neurosurgical emergencies

·        Progress will be reviewed after three and six months and then every six months thereafter.


What we are looking for:

·        A dynamic, ambitious individual to join our world-leading neurology team

·        A passion and drive to provide the best possible level of care for clients, their pets and our referring Veterinary Surgeons

·        A thirst for knowledge and an ambition to represent Willows at the forefront of clinical research

·        Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

·        Strong organisational skills and the ability to work under pressure in our busy multidisciplinary hospital

·        You must have completed a one year rotating internship and two years clinical practice by the start of the residency

·        You must be a qualified Veterinary Surgeon and eligible for full membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons


Willows is proud to be accredited by Investors in People at the extended Silver level, and we are dedicated to providing excellent working conditions, care and support for all of our colleagues.


Professional Perks:

·        Competitive salary

·        25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)

·        Birthday leave

·        Structured in-house teaching, supervision and support

·        Professional membership fees

·        Generous CPD allowance

·        Company pension scheme

·        Wellbeing and Employee Assist programme

·        Access to our well-being and relaxation suite

·        End of the month Treat Day

·        Fresh free fruit offered to all staff

·        Cycle to work scheme

·        Unbeatable learning environment

·        Stunning state-of-the-art purpose built facilities

Centrally located, Willows is within easy reach of Birmingham, Birmingham International Airport, London, and the national rail and motorway networks, and only a short drive away from historic Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and the beautiful Warwickshire and Oxfordshire countryside.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 18th December 2022.

Interviews for the position will be taking place in January 2023.


Find out more…..

If you would like to find out more about the Neurology and Neurosurgery Residency please contact Tom Shaw, Specialist in Neurology: or Sebastien Behr, Head of Neurology: or call 0121 712 7070.

To apply:

To apply for the position please include provide a covering letter of intent and your current CV to Ceris Talbot: or via post to:

Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service

Highlands Road



West Midlands

B90 4NH