EMS Grants

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AVS are so excited to announce our inaugural EMS grants in partnership with VDS Training! The grants will offer financial support to veterinary students to complete an EMS placement. The applications will open in the Autumn of 2019 with the successful applicants being announced at our 2020 Congress at Surrey Vet School. The application form can be found below and should be be emailed to: AVS.EMS.Grants@gmail.com

Application Form

Our 2018 president, Dave hosted a Q and A with Ebony Escalona from VDS Training about the grants which can be seen below!

Travel Grants 

As a BVA and AVS member you are eligible to apply for a travel grant. There is one AVS award and two BVA awards. 

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AVS CONNECT AWARD - This will provide financial assistance (£250) for a vet student to attend international meetings or events as a representative of the UK and Ireland veterinary student body.
More information can be found here and the application form can be found here

Completed forms should be sent to our Grants and Sponsorship Officer at: avsgrantssponsorship@gmail.com

BVA - for more information see the BVA website  *** APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 NOW CLOSED ***

BVA OVERSEAS TRAVEL GRANT -  Four awards of £500 to undertake a research project which contributes to development and welfare in a developing country.

HARRY STEELE-BODGER MEMORIAL TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP - Intended to allow a visit to a Veterinary or agricultural school or a research institute. It is open to penultimate and final year veterinary students. 


Intercalating is a fantastic opportunity to take a year out from the veterinary course to study another related subject/discipline in greater depth. It also gives you the oppurtunity to try out research and gain another Bachelors or Masters degree in a year. It is possible to receive funding for an intercalated year, either from universities or from other grant awarding bodies and charitable trusts that want to support student research.

There is a huge array of intercalated degree courses at different universities across the UK and it is possible to transfer to other universities. Intercalate.co.uk is a useful website for comparing the courses run by the different universities.We have also put together some profiles of vet students who chose to intercalate, sharing their experiences. Thank you to all those below who submitted profiles for us to publish.

Research Opportunities

The Cornell University Leadership Program - a 10 week summer programme for veterinary students who wish to pursue a science-based career.

The Cambridge University Summer School – a 9 week summer school designed to give veterinary students the opportunity to consider research-based careers. Unfortunately the programme didn’t run in 2014, but will hopefully run in future years. 

Non-clinical EMS Placements

Government Veterinary Surgeons - APHA offer EMS placements in different government departments throughout the year - including working at border control in Heathrow, field vets across the country and policy work in London. 

SPVS Conference -  Aimed at students entering their final year and accepted by all veterinary schools as part of Extra Mural Studies (EMS). It provides information on jobs in the profession, how to apply for them, what to expect and how to succeed in them. It also provides information about support networks for new graduates and insights into business and personal financial management and the importance of communication skills.

BSAVA Congress - BSAVA Congress is so much more than a show, offering over 300 clinically and practically relevant world class lectures, an extensive exhibition that showcases the latest industry advances and a vibrant social programme, all tailored to the small animal Veterinary profession.

London Vet Show -the Excel, London
16-17th November 2017

AVMA Governmental Relations Student Externship Program - The AVMA extern program pairs talented veterinary students together with the AVMA Governmental Relations Division for a four-week program that introduces externs to the breadth of public policy issues facing the profession and provides hands-on lobbying experience with legislators and staffers on Capitol Hill.

World Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) Externships - Fancy a career in aquaculture or having something different on your CV? Find a list of the different externships offered by the AVMA here

Working As A Government Vet

Ever wondered about the role that vets play in government? Here is a fantastic, clear and easy to read document outlining the opportunities for vets working in the private sector. For more information visit the Government Veterinary Surgeons website.

Working as a Government Vet document

Grants & Bursaries

EMS opportunity - Laboratory Research

The LAVA EMS scheme now attracts funding from a variety of organizations, including Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca and Laboratory Animals Ltd. LAVA and these funders share the view that it is important for veterinary students to be given opportunities to work with laboratory animals in research facilities in order to understand how they are used and the veterinary responsibilities involved in providing for their health and welfare. The aim of the scheme is to stimulate an interest in and awareness of laboratory animal science amongst younger members of the profession and to promote consideration of a career in the field. 

RCVS Research travel grant

BVA Overseas Travel Grants

Academy of Rural Veterinarians (USA)

The Academy of Rural Veterinarians (AVR) offer US$250.00 per week up to a total of US£1000.00 for any veterinary student (who is a US citizen) who would like to spend time in a rural practice in the US (conditions apply). 

British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) Zebra Foundation

The Zebra Foundation awards grants to vet students seeing practice at an institution specialising in zoological medicine or undertaking research projects. 

MSD Connect Bursary

This annual bursary provides financial assistance to students from each of the UK's veterinary schools, enabling them to undertake research in new and exciting areas of veterinary work. 

UFAW Student Animal Welfare Scholarship 

Comparative Clinical Science Foundation Student Bursary

World Horse Welfare Undergraduate Bursary 

Research Funding Database