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Veterinary students

Extra-mural studies (EMS)

The aim of Extra-Mural Studies, or EMS, is to enable you to gain practical experience in as many aspects of veterinary work as possible. They are an essential element of undergraduate veterinary education.

We have information and guidance for both veterinary students and EMS placement providers.

Fitness to practise guide for UK vet schools and vet students

Together with the Veterinary Schools Council (VSC) we have published a fitness to practise guide for UK veterinary schools and veterinary students.

The first section provides guidance for veterinary schools on recognising and addressing fitness to practise concerns. Part two sets out the broad principles of fitness to practise that students should follow and which veterinary schools should expect and uphold.

Download the Guide from Publications

Professional Development Phase (PDP)

Once you have graduated and started work, you will need to complete the Professional Development Phase, or PDP. This is designed to help you make the transition from life as a veterinary student to working in clinical practice as a professional veterinary surgeon.

Find out more about the PDP