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Vets for Pets EMS Bursaries

Applications are now open for our 2024 EMS Bursary Scheme

"Providing EMS placements not only benefits students by providing access to practicing Day One skills and experiencing the range of conditions commonly seen in clinical practice, but also keeps the whole team in a constant learning process. We are often asked questions by students that make us think through and explain our rationale to case management and provide the opportunity to discuss recent advances, new medications and novel techniques. Everyone started out as a student and providing EMS placements prepares our future colleagues for their career in our exciting profession. The Bursaries provided support students to ensure they can access the placements they need to gain skills to hit the ground running as a graduate"

David Donovan BVSc PGCertSAS PGCertVBM MRCVS
Practice Owner
Vets4Pets Walton Vale

Applications are NOW CLOSED!

We will be in touch with all applicants who have applied, by the 10th May 2024.

2024 Practice Map

View our interactive map of the practices available for placements from June 2024 - June 2025.

Available practices for 2024

Each of our practices is unique and has a different range of knowledge and skills to share. Our interactive map showcases our 2024 EMS bursary scheme practices, highlighting the individual opportunities you have to gain both clinical experience and insight into life in practice with each team. 

Click HERE to see a map of all our EMS bursary practices available this year. We have grouped different practice interests, so you can identify the practices that align with your career goals and areas of interest. The map key is as follows:

Emergency and Critical Care
24/7 Hospital, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care
Diagnostic Services
CT Scan, Cytology, Diagnostic Imaging, MRI Scan, Ultrasonography, Video Endoscopy
Laparoscopic Surgery, Small Animal Surgery, Soft Tissue Surgery, Orthopaedics
Dental and Oral Health
Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Physiotherapy, Laser treatment, Neurology
Alternative Therapies
Acupuncture, Hydrotherapy, Holistic
Exotic Animals
Exotics, Small Furries, Zoology
Other Interests
Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS), Feline Certificate, Behavioural

If you have any questions regarding EMS Bursaries in the meantime, you can contact us on emsbursaries@vets4pets.com


  • The bursary is open to all the UK and Ireland vet schools.
  • Bursaries will only be awarded to students for their Clinical Years EMS placements.
  • Placements must take place from 1st June 2024 - 30th June 2025 (final year student placements must take place between 1st June 2024 and 1st November 2024).
  • Placements must be at one of the specific Bursary Practices listed.
  • A maximum of one bursary will be allocated per student for a 2-week placement per year.
  • A small number of bursaries are available to previous bursary recipients, so applications are welcomed every year.
  • All applicants must have the right to work in the UK.
  • Successful EMS placements can lead to priority places on our Graduate scheme for 2025.
  • Placements are paid at National Living Wage. 
  • Criteria for bursary placements is based on information provided by the student regarding any barriers they are facing when it comes to attending Extra Mural Studies. 

Vets for Pets Graduate Development Programme

If you’ve completed EMS at one of our practices and liked what you saw, take a look at our award-winning Graduate Programme for more information on how you could start your career with us.

Our award-winning Graduate Development Programme is designed to give you the best possible start in every way.  So, as well as helping you develop your professional skills and commercial understanding, our comprehensive training covers the softer skills needed to care for pets and their owners. Join us, and with our ongoing support and emphasis on your wellbeing, you can realise and maintain your full potential.

What's more, if you have completed a successful EMS placement with us in your final year, we will endeavour to offer you a guaranteed placement onto our graduate scheme! 

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EMS Opportunities

As well as our EMS Bursaries, we have hundreds of practices throughout the UK (including Northern Ireland) who continue to offer EMS placements. Many of our practices have certificate-holder colleagues, as well as colleagues with specialist interests that they will more than happy to share with you.

So, whether you’re looking to nail down the basics or develop an interest in anything from exotics to orthopaedics, we’ll have opportunities for you!

We will endeavour to provide all applicants with a placement with one of our practices, whether you are eligible for a bursary or not. So apply now for the opportunity to learn more about life at Vets for Pets. 

Can't see your ideal practice on our map? Use our Find a Practice button below to find out more about, as well as contact details for, all of our practices across the country. 


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