Launch of first AVS EMS grants

AVS EMS grants

The Association of Veterinary Students (AVS) has teamed up with VDS Training to offer five, £200 grants a year, to help vet students cover the cost of clinical extramural studies (EMS).

The most recent BVA/AVS vet student survey found the average cost of a two-week placement was £152 for large animal and £119 for small animal: the affordability of placements affects students’ choice.

David Charles, AVS president, said: ‘Supporting students on EMS is a priority this year. As the first part of our campaign, I am delighted that with the help of VDS Training, we can launch the first ever AVS EMS grants in the next academic year’.

"We are committed to supporting and developing undergraduates"

EMS costs students hundreds of pounds a year, without taking the loss of potential earnings into account. Most, if not all, of the grants available are for taking part in research or for travel abroad.

Carolyne Crowe, VDS Training Consultant, said: ‘We are committed to supporting and developing undergraduates, helping them gain the day one skills that are vitally important to set them up for graduating. We are delighted to be collaborating with AVS to champion the future of our profession’.

Application for these grants opens on 1 October 2018, and the awards will be presented at the AVS congress 2019, at the Royal Veterinary College, London.

Further information on the grants is available from e-mail: VDS Training can be contacted at e-mail:

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