EMS to stop during coronavirus outbreak

21 Mar 2020

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By Josh Loeb

The RCVS has announced the temporary suspension of all extramural studies (EMS) requirements for vet students in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Under normal circumstances, vet students would be required to complete a minimum of 38 weeks of EMS throughout their degree programme to gain real-life work experience to enhance their university-based studies.

However, following a teleconference between the Veterinary Schools Council and the RCVS last week, proposals to grant ‘flexibility’ around completion of EMS were emailed to members of RCVS council and were approved.

Now, in light of the evolving Covid-19 situation, students no longer have to undertake EMS over the next eight weeks, after which the situation will be reviewed. The suspension of EMS requirements applies to all students – regardless of their year of study.

Furthermore, for students in their final year who may now find it difficult to make up any...