Vets4Pets has launched its scholarship programme in partnership with the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, providing a total of £90 thousand to fund 10 student scholarships. This follows the establishment of Vets4Pets’ extra-mural studies (EMS) bursary scheme, the first of its kind, offering up to £40,000 to support veterinary students across the country as they undertake the required pre-clinical and clinical placements.
Veterinary studies can be costly, causing additional financial strain and pressure on students starting out in their careers. Through the combination of the scholarship and bursary programmes, Vets4Pets hopes to financially empower more people to enter the profession who may have otherwise faced financial barriers, and to promote social mobility across the industry.
The scholarship scheme also aims to reduce the stress facing students, helping to promote well-being so that students are better positioned to continue to build and develop their experience in supporting and caring for pets. The scholarships will be awarded through the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Sciences to successful applicants in May.
The EMS bursary scheme, launched on 1 March, will commit financial support for 60 students annually. Applications for the EMS bursary scheme are open throughout March 2022 for placements beginning in summer, and students can find out more on the Vets4Pets website.
Successful applicants will receive £334 per week during their placements in participating Vets4Pets practices and will also have access to a fast-track application to the Vets4Pets Graduate Programme.
Louise Stoner, chief people and culture officer at Pets at Home Group, said: “I’m delighted to launch our scholarship programme with Nottingham Veterinary School, in addition to the EMS bursary scheme, to support more people through their veterinary studies – and hopefully encourage even more students to join the profession.
“Studying to become a vet is no easy feat and the financial cost can be alienating for some students. We are so grateful for the work that our wonderful vets do both across our business and the industry generally, and it’s fantastic to be able to help the next generation! We look forward to celebrating the successful applicants of later this year.”
Professor Gary England, dean from University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, said: “The Vets4Pets scholarship programme is a brilliant initiative that will help support students during their studies. I am delighted that Vet4Pets have chosen to launch the programme in partnership with our school. We are very grateful to Vets4Pets and I have no doubt that this financial assistance will make a real difference to students.”