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.
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 is 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.
Grants & Bursaries
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.
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).
Open to any vet student who is a member of BEVA. They are awarded to enable student members of BEVA to travel in order to expand their studies relating to the science and welfare of the horse.
The Zebra Foundation awards grants to vet students seeing practice at an institution specialising in zoological medicine or undertaking research projects.
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.