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We were delighted and very proud to receive the news that Darren Barnes and Ben Blacklock recently passed the rigourous exams required to become a Specialist.
Darren is a member of our Surgical Team and is now a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Ben is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.
The path to becoming a Specialist in the veterinary profession is a long and arduous one, requiring a huge degree of commitment. After graduating and often spending a period in general practice, those who choose this career path will usually undertake an Internship for one year. Following this, they must register as a Resident and undertake 3 years of training in their chosen discipline under the supervision of one or more qualified Specialists. During this time, they have to make an active contribution to the specialty by undertaking research and publishing articles. At the end of this period, they face tough examinations (which have a pass rate of below 50%) and, even after achieving Specialist status, they are re-accredited every 5 years to ensure that they are maintaining this degree of advanced knowledge. All of our services are led by Specialists who have been through this process and we are very proud of them. As well as fulfilling their clinical responsibilities, they are helping to train the Specialists of the future.