Experience life in ECC

At Vets Now, we see more than 204,000 emergency and critical care (ECC) cases each year across our nationwide network of clinics and hospitals.  That means we’re in an excellent position to provide learning opportunities for veterinary students.

Dealing with a life-critical emergency can be daunting, particularly if it’s your first experience of such a case.  If you’re a 4th or 5th-year veterinary student and interested in gaining a head start in this exciting field of veterinary medicine, we can help.

We have opportunities for students to grow and develop outside of the university lecture theatre by spending time working alongside our talented team of ECC professionals on genuine emergencies. We offer placements throughout the year, in our network of clinics across the UK, working variable shift patterns including evening, weekends and bank holidays. We’re confident gaining this experience and improving your knowledge of ECC will make emergencies easier to deal with when you’re faced with the real thing.

Interested in finding out more?

We offer placements - to around 150 students a year - of one or two weeks. However, it's important to book as early as possible to ensure you get your first choice of clinic, contact a member of our team at [email protected]. Each of our placements offers one-to-one coaching with an experienced clinician, looking after you and making sure you are fully supported while you learn.

In the meantime, discover what an internship can teach you by attending one of IVC Evidensia's webinars. Click here for more information.

EMS Student bursaries

Applications for IVC Evidensia’ s EMS student bursaries for 2024 are now open, providing you with a fantastic opportunity to pursue your dream EMS placements without financial constraints. If you are undertaking an EMS placement at a Vets Now or IVC Evidensia practice, you could benefit from the bursary, so click the link below to find out more.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Eligibility: open to all vet students in the UK undertaking clinical EMS from third to final year.
  • Practice requirement: students must be undertaking EMS in an IVC Evidensia or Vets Now practice and have either arranged or be in the process of confirming the placement.
  • Priority for financial hardship: applicants demonstrating financial hardship will be prioritised to ensure fair access.
  • Opportunities throughout the year: bursaries will be released in three stages throughout 2024 – at the end of February, April, and June so apply ASAP!
  • Easy application process: applying is simple and can be done via the IVC Evidensia website using the link below.

EMS | Apply for EMS Bursary today

Dates for your diary

If you would like to know more about the opportunities that Vets Now can offer, visit our stand at one of our upcoming events. Our friendly team can talk you through any questions you have about the Vets Now EMS programme, elective studies, our Cutting Edge programme and more.


University Student Careers Fair Dates – 2024
  • Saturday 5th October – Nottingham University (times TBC)
  • Wednesday 23rd October – Edinburgh University (12-5 pm)
  • December – Surrey University (dates and times TBC)
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Veterinary student newsletter

At Vets Now, we love engaging with veterinary students through talks, events, and our monthly student newsletter. The newsletter features special guest writers from within our clinics and hospitals, offering you the opportunity to work through real-life cases in our “clinical corner” section through an interactive quiz.

We also offer lots of helpful tips and tricks for managing emergencies in practice that you won’t find in a lecture theatre.

You can also keep up to date with all our upcoming events, talks and CPD lectures through the “dates in your diary section”. Click here to sign up.

After graduation

Cutting Edge

Our Cutting Edge programme is a 10-week training programme comprised of lectures, interactive seminars, practical training, and surgery. Four weeks of the programme are spent at one of our ECC clinics with a senior clinician, learning the caseload, getting to know the team, and developing your skill set.

Learn more here


At Vets Now, we offer both rotating small animal internships and discipline-specific internships that provide qualified veterinary surgeons with a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience and develop and expand their knowledge in veterinary medicine.

Learn more about internships here

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