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WIDENING participation in veterinary undergraduate education (VR, July 30, 2011, vol 169, p 114) and increased regulation around specialisation (VR, July 30, 2011, vol 169, p 129–130) were two subjects receiving attention in the same issue of this journal. However, while widening undergraduate participation (or perhaps, now, ‘avoiding a narrowing of participation’?) is an issue that has received much publicity, broad access to veterinary postgraduate education, including clinical specialist training, has not received any attention in the veterinary press.
In the early 1990s, I wrote to this journal highlighting my concern that some UK veterinary schools had converted their salaried internship and residency positions to so-called ‘veterinary clinical training scholarships’ (VR, April 23, 1994, vol 134, p 455). It was clear that the primary driver for this was to save the institution National Insurance and superannuation contributions and to remove such posts from any nationally or locally negotiated pay scale. Alas, this trend has continued and worsened, and no doubt it …