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Launch of first AVS EMS grants

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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.

Supporting students on EMS is a priority for AVS this year … I am delighted we can launch the first ever AVS EMS grants

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’.

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, 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:


Daniel Sanchez-Masian has joined Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists, as head of its team of four neurologists. He was previously a senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool’s Small Animal Teaching Hospital. Before teaching, he worked as a neurology clinician at the Animal Health Trust, and at a specialist neurology referral centre in Barcelona. Commenting on his new appointment, he said: ‘It is a real pleasure to join the highly regarded neurology team at Anderson Moores. This is a really exciting time in the development of the scope and scale of what we do here and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the department.’

Dick White Referrals has appointed Davide Berlato as its head of oncology. The practice is currently expanding and adding a linear accelerator to the combination of cancer treatments it offers, which include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, molecular-targeted treatments and immunotherapy. He said: ‘I am really looking forward to working within a truly multidisciplinary environment and I am happy to be joining the clinic at such an exciting period. The new expansion will provide me with state-of-the-art facilities, and I am confident that we will be offering an unrivalled oncology service to the benefit of our professional colleagues, clients and patients’.


‘Essential skills for working with sports horses and racehorses’ is a one-day course organised by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA). The next course will be held at Rossdales Equine Hospital, Newmarket, on Friday, 6 July. The day covers the practicalities and formalities of working with equine athletes, together with ‘friendly advice from experienced practitioners’.

For those wanting to stay over, there is an optional dinner in the evening and the chance to join a well-known Newmarket trainer on the gallops in the morning, followed by a tour of the training yard. The course will help participants:

  • Develop an understanding of the racing and sports horse industries, and the role of the veterinary surgeon within them.

  • Gain an insight into the day-to-day work of vets working in the yards, at the sales, at competitions and on the racecourse.

  • Update their knowledge of the rules and regulations that affect vets, including vaccinations, medications and detection times.

  • Identify challenges regarding welfare of the horse and demands of the sport (and/or trainer/rider) and discuss commonly encountered scenarios.

For more details contact BEVA on 01638 723555 or

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