Veterinary students

If you're studying to become a vet then we can offer you additional support to help you achieve your goal.                             

Student members can join at a heavily subsidised rate and receive all of our benefits including:

  • the opportunity to have your say on the issues you care about within the veterinary profession
  • support throughout your career
  • professional development and training
  • money saving offers and discounts

Extra benefits for student members

Free EMS insurance

Going out on EMS each year can be stressful enough without having to worry about what will happen if you have an accident while on your placement. BVA provides free EMS insurance cover for every BVA student member.

Discounted travel insurance

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 250 700 or

Student guides

BVA provides all members with guidance and support throughout their professional life. For students we have created a guide for getting the most from your EMS experience.

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

If you are travelling or working abroad you should purchase travel insurance and cover while you are working abroad.

Travel grants

BVA offers 4 annual student travel grants for research and the improvement of animal welfare, especially in the developing world.

Find out more

Free or discounted access to The Webinar Vet

BVA student members benefit from free small animal Platinum membership.

Sign up with The Webinar Vet

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.

BVA and AVS student survey

We have 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.

The 2016 survey is currently in development. We hope to be sending it out to students in April 2016.  

International Veterinary Students' Association

The International Veterinary Students' Association (IVSA) 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.

The UK exchange offficer is Tavishi Pandya:

Further information

Association of Veterinary Students (AVS)

International Students Association (IVSA)