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Vets4Pets Doubles Its Investment In EMS Bursary Scheme

7 months ago

28th February, 2023 10h42


Vets4Pets has doubled its investment in its EMS bursary scheme and will invest more than £80,000 to help more veterinary students with their clinical EMS this year.

The scheme, which launched in 2022, was the first large-scale bursary programme to be introduced by a veterinary employer. Following the success of the first year, Vets4Pets is continuing its investment in the next generation of vets.

It aims to support the wellbeing of veterinary students by alleviating some of the financial stress EMS can cause, enabling students to focus on the learning and development opportunities that the placements provide.

This year, the scheme will see students benefit from two weeks of supported clinical placements in Vets4Pets and Companion Care practices across the UK, helping to prepare students for work in a clinical environment.

Students will receive £407 per week as well as access to a fast-track application to the award-winning Vets4Pets Graduate Programme when they finish university.

Dr Emily Bridges, Graduate Programme Lead at Vets4Pets, said: “Having spoken to current vet students, our recent graduates and veterinary schools, we know that finding and funding EMS is an increasing challenge. We also recognise how important it is to remove any barriers that could prevent students from progressing a career in the industry, so being able to invest such a significant amount in our bursary scheme is a real sign of our commitment to developing future talent.

“The students who took part in last year’s programme have shared an overwhelming amount of positive feedback, which is a real credit to the practices and colleagues that take part, and we’re extremely proud to be continuing our investment in the next generation of vets.”

Samantha Sauer, Joint Venture Partner at Vets4Pets Newcastle Kingston Park, added:“We’re really pleased to take part in the bursary scheme. It’s a brilliant initiative and being able to share our knowledge with the next generation whilst supporting them financially is so rewarding.”

Lauren, a veterinary graduate from Edinburgh who is soon to be joining the Vets4Pets Graduate Programme, took part in the scheme last year. She said: “The practice team at Southport made my bursary experience so enjoyable and the hands-on clinical experience I received is invaluable. More than anything, it was really beneficial not to have the worry of finances hanging over me, so I could focus on learning and developing my career.”

Applications will open from today (Monday 27th February) until Sunday 26th March for placements beginning in June, and students can find out more at:  

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