Veterinary students

Studying for a veterinary degree can be exciting and daunting at the same time. We understand many of the challenges you will come across and our role is to support you personally and professionally throughout your veterinary studies, and beyond.

Join the community of thousands of other students and veterinary professionals to receive full BVA membership benefits plus additional student member benefits added specifically to support you through your studies and veterinary career.

Our popular benefits for students include:

Student Member Benefits

Extramural Studies (EMS) insurance

During your veterinary studies you have the opportunity to gain real-life experience during your EMS placement, which usually consists of 12 weeks pre-clinical and 26 weeks of clinical placements. Designed to be a trial run of your life as a qualified vet, it is highly recommended you have the right insurance in place to cover you during this work experience. BVA provides EMS insurance cover for every BVA student member through our insurance partner Lloyd & Whyte.

Student guide to EMS

We have produced a student guide to EMS to help you prepare for your placement and ensure that you get the most out of the experience. It outlines the variety of placements available, the preparation required before going on a placement and the importance of recording your experience, as well as offering some practical tips on how you can achieve your aims.

Extramural Studies - a guide for students (281 KB PDF)

You can also read some top tips for EMS from a vet student in our blog.

Discounted travel insurance

Carrying out some of your EMS overseas can provide you with an opportunity to explore animal welfare issues abroad and see different approaches to clinical veterinary practice. As a BVA member, you are eligible for fantastic discounts on specialist travel insurance, which includes cover for working and EMS abroad, through BVA's insurance and financial affinity partner Lloyd & Whyte. To find out more, contact Lloyd & Whyte on 01823 250739 or

BVA journals

BVA student members receive monthly printed copies of In Practice and online access to weekly copies of Vet Record (printed copies of Vet Record will be sent in your final year).

In Practice provides educational material that can support your learning during EMS and rotations. It includes regular updates and clinical developments and covers all species. It’s published 10 times a year and members have exclusive access to the extensive archive of clinical review articles.

Vet Record contains news and clinical research papers on a wide range of topics. It is designed to provide members with a quick professional update at work or a more considered off-duty read.

Free access to The Webinar Vet

The Webinar Vet provides online learning resources for the global veterinary community. As a BVA student member, you benefit from free Diamond membership which includes full access to an extensive library of webinars, presented by renowned speakers, so you can sit back and learn about hundreds of topics wherever you are.

Sign up with The Webinar Vet

Top 5 Webinars on The Webinar Vet:

  1. Standing sedation for the equine patient by Patrick Burns
  2. Cardiorespiratory emergencies: approach to the dyspnoeic cat by James McMurrough
  3. Puppies, poop and protein: supporting your clients with nutrition advice for the best start in life by Sean McCormack
  4. How to improve your results with immunotherapy by Margreet Vroom
  5. Handling Confrontation by Steve Holman

Online resources

Our website includes several resources to help support your time as a student, including the latest developments affecting the veterinary profession.

  • The Vets.TV video channel includes professional and career topics about becoming a vet, ethics and stress, and species-focussed content on companion animals, equine and cattle.
  • The BVA blog cover a spectrum of key issues including clinical and non-clinical careers, mental health, Brexit, brachycephalic animals, disease monitoring, and more.
  • BVA guides have been produced to provide all members with guidance and support throughout their professional life.

Travel grants

BVA offers 4 annual student travel grants for research that contributes to sustainable development and good animal welfare in a developing country. The Harry Steele-Bodger Memorial Travel Scholarship is also available to final and penultimate year students.

AWF student grants are intended to support the development of students in the field of animal welfare. The AWF student grant scheme is open to those studying veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing, agricultural studies and animal welfare, who will have completed 2 years of study by the start of the project and to students studying for an MSc.

Additional support


Vetlife offer independent, confidential and free help for everyone in the veterinary community, including veterinary nurses and students. The charity provides a 24/7 phone and email helpline; professional mental health support; financial assistance; information and resources.

Vetlife provides support through  Vetlife Helpline and  Vetlife Health Support. Both support services are free, confidential and completely independent of any other veterinary organisations.

Association of Veterinary Students

The Association of Veterinary Students (AVS) is the specialist student division of BVA. AVS is the representational body for all vet students across the UK and Ireland and contributes the student perspective to BVA Council. The AVS committee is made up of student representatives from each of the UK and Ireland vet schools.

The AVS MSG (Members' Services Group) produced EMS guides for both pre-clinical and clinical vet students to help organise placements, as well as giving advice on how to get the most out of them.

BVA and AVS student survey

We worked together to conduct the largest survey of veterinary medicine students in the UK and Ireland. We use the results for lobbying, and to represent the views of students as the future of our profession.

International Veterinary Students' Association

The International Veterinary Students' Association (IVSA) UK & Ireland) is a not for profit non-governmental organisation run by volunteer veterinary students from around the world.

IVSA represents approximately 35,000 veterinary students throughout the world and is actively involved in organising student exchange programmes.

Grads to Vets – a great start to your career

Students in their final year may be looking for graduate positions. In 2018, BVA launched its partnership with Grads to Vets to offer a year-long graduate programme for young vets to realise their potential when they enter the workplace.

Grads to Vets provides veterinary graduates with comprehensive support, consisting of a mentor outside of the practice, training with a clinical coach within the practice and peer group networking and support. Graduates on the scheme can also access a tailor-made CPD programme, covering clinical and non-clinical topics through attendance days, local evening talks and online courses.

Find out how Grads to Vets can help you find the perfect practice with all the support you need for a successful start to your career by emailing