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Student EMS placements

The RCVS host 2 streams of EMS placement, one in conjunction with the Veterinary Policy Research Foundation (VPRF), for UK-based veterinary students interested in policy, regulation and profession advancement.

These placements consist of a Project stream, which will be housed within the RCVS, and a Policy stream, which will be a joint placement between the RCVS and the VPRF of the House of Lords. 

Each placement will be a week in duration and run separately to each other. During the week students will shadow the organisations' staff, attend various meetings, and carry out a range of activities integral to the organisations' functions and objectives. This will provide the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the veterinary professions. 

Whether your placement will take place online or in-person will be subject to the pandemic situation at the time. You will be notified of this in plenty of time before your placement. You will be reimbursed for travel to and around London, and accommodation if applicable. 

How to apply

Make sure this placement fits with your university’s guidance on EMS (contact your university’s EMS coordinator if you’re not sure). You must be in the third year of your veterinary medicine course or above. 

To apply, follow the link to the relevant application forms, and submit the following requirements;

  • One-page cover letter stating why you would like to join us and what you hope to gain from the placement
  • Confirmation of enrolment on your veterinary medicine course from your university
  • Your available dates from the list below

Applications will be assessed on:

  • Demonstration of excellent written, organisation, communication, IT and teamwork skills
  • Demonstrable interest and experience in any or all the following: furtherment of the veterinary profession, improving animal health and welfare, veterinary public health, One Health, relevant policy or research experience.

Please note;

  • Applications are considered on a first-come-first-served basis, with one student per placement week. 
  • Please note that the Policy and Project EMS streams are separate, and applications are therefore considered separately.
  • Students may only undertake one week in each placement stream.

If you have any questions, please email  

Policy placement

You will split your week between the Veterinary Parliamentary Research Foundation and the Policy and Communications team at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons based in Holborn, London. During the week, you will:

  • Understand the democratic and legislative process in the UK
  • Meet key policy stakeholders in animal health and welfare
  • Gain awareness of policy issues and policy backdrop in the veterinary profession

Available dates (week commencing)

  • 27 June 2022
  • 11 July 2022
  • 7 November 2022

To apply for the Policy EMS placement, please see the application form:

Apply here

Project placement

You will spend the week with a department which suits your particular interests (availability shown in the dates below). The week will consist of:

  • Meeting with key staff members from the relevant departments to have an overview of the role they do within the College, and the contribution this has towards the professions.
  • Each department will set a project you to deliver work on and deliver at the end of the week relevant to the department’s current activities.
  • You will be encouraged to attend relevant committee meetings where available and appropriate.

Available dates (week commencing)

  • Veterinary Nursing: 11 July 2022
  • RCVS Knowledge: 5 September 2022

To apply for the Project EMS placement, please see the application form:

Apply here