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Offering work experience placements to school students guide

Work experience is the short-term placement of secondary school students with employers, to provide an insight into the veterinary profession and the veterinary workplace. Students are placed with employers primarily to observe and learn, not to undertake activities which require extensive expertise and training. It is undertaken at the employer’s premises and has enormous benefits for students.

Work experience can provide an important opportunity for a student to gain a greater understanding of the veterinary profession. This guide has been developed to help when offering work experience placements to school students.

Updated: 2019 
Edition: 3
Publisher: BVA 
Number of pages: 17 
Format: PDF 

BVA has produced detailed guidance for veterinary professionals offering work experience placements and covers:  

  • Setting up a work experience placement
  • What employers need to be aware of
  • HSE ascertained risks to your people
  • Project-based work placements in businesses/research institute
  • Careers advice materials for becoming a vet
  • The disclosure and barring service

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The school may require the practice to meet criteria for a DBS check (previously known as CRB check). For more information visit the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Offering work experience placements to school students guide