At my school, very few chose the veterinary profession. It was even rarer for someone from a minority ethnic background. You don't see a lot of people from ethnically diverse communities. It's important to change that and see people from all backgrounds.

Venus Tamjidi 2021 Scholarship recipient
Clinicians in theatre for Vets Now BAME nursing scholarship

Committed to growing our ethnic diversity veterinary community

Vets Now is the UK’s largest out-of-hours emergency veterinary care provider, with nearly 60 out-of-hours clinics across the UK as well as 24-hour hospitals in Glasgow and Manchester.

We believe in a level playing field for all in the veterinary industry, which is why we have launched our ethnic diversity scholarship scheme. Our Scholarship programme is part of our wider commitment to supporting ethnic diversity across the veterinary professions and within our business.

Successful candidates will be awarded an annual grant, mentoring from our ethnic diversity scholarship board members and a support network to help them through their studies.

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A clinician treating a dog for Vets Now Ethnic Diversity nursing scholarship

Who's eligible?

In order to apply for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a UK or EU citizen
  • Self identify as being from an ethnic minority
  • Be currently applying to enter one of the UK or ROI veterinary nursing colleges, on a course which is accredited with the RCVS as a 'licence to practice' in veterinary nursing for this years intake
  • The financial background of your family will be taken into account during the application process and you will be asked to submit proof of this as assessed by Student Finance, with priority given to students from lower income families
  • Before making an application please ensure you are eligible by checking the terms and conditions of the scholarship - click here
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What are the requirements for me to apply?

You must be a UK citizen who self-identifies as being from an ethnic minority and applying to enter one of the UK or ROI nursing colleges on a course accredited with the RCVS as a ‘licence to practice’ in veterinary nursing.

Your family’s financial background will be considered during the application process, and you will be asked to submit proof of this as assessed by Student Finance, with priority given to students from lower-income families.

When can I apply?

Applications are now open.

What is the application process and how will my application be judged?

Your application will be assessed by our judging panel. In addition to the eligibility criteria set out above, which all applicants must meet, we will also be looking for strong evidence of:

  • A desire, as well as the necessary personal qualities and experiences to become a veterinary nurse
  • A clear demonstration of what impact receiving the scholarship would have in helping you to achieve this

Whilst attending an interview will not be required of all applicants, in some cases you may be asked to interview.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified on 5th July 2024 and must submit confirmation of their course place by 30th August 2023.

Scholarship winners will then be notified by 6th September 2024.

What funding will I be entitled to?

Successful scholars will receive £2500 per annum for the duration of their programme.

This can be used to support living, travel or other course-related expenses.

Do I need to be based in the UK to apply?

You need to be a UK or EU citizen who has applied to study at one of the UK or ROI nursing colleges.

If you have any further questions please get in touch with us by emailing [email protected]

Ethnic Diversity Scholarship Board

Brand manager of Dutch IVC Evidensia Referral Hospitals

Lindsey Lavender

Brand Manager of Dutch IVC Evidensia Referral Hospitals

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Racheal Marshall, Head of clinical nursing at Vets Now
Rachel Gowshall, Retired veterinary nurse and marketing executive
Sarah James, RVN, veterinary relationship and technical claims manager at Bought By Many

Sarah James

RVN, Veterinary relationship and technical claims manager at Bought By Many

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Vets Now Hospital Manchester

Demi Ryan

RVN at The Avenue veterinary clinic in Ealing

Kaya Gibson - Vets Now Diversity board member

Terms and conditions of the scholarship



  • Applicants for the Vets Now Ethnic Diversity Scholarship agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. The promoter of the scholarship is Vets Now, Penguin House, Dunfermline, Fife, KY11 8SG
  • No other alternatives to the scholarship will be offered and the scholarship is not transferable.
  • All applications must be completed and received in full by May 31st 2024. No consideration will be given to applications which do not meet all the conditions set out herein, which are incomplete or invalid, or which are received after the deadline. Vets Now accepts no responsibility for applications that are lost, corrupted, damaged or delayed in transit.
  • All applications must be received via the online application form.
  • Only one application will be accepted per applicant. If an applicant is found to have submitted more than one application, they will be disqualified.
  • When you apply for this scholarship, your personal and contact information will only be used in relation to this application. More on the Companies’ privacy policies can be found here
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified by July 5th 2024 and will then be required to submit proof of place confirmation once it has been received. Final winners will be notified by September 6th 2024. The Scholarship finalists will be judged on a discretionary basis based on the merit of each application, by the selection committee. The decision of the selection committee regarding each application shall be final and there is no appeal against this decision.
  • In accepting the scholarship, the scholarship winner agrees to take part in any promotional activity to publicise the scholarship, as required by Vets Now.
  • Scholarship money will be awarded directly to the scholarship winner in four separate instalments during each academic year. The money can be used however the student chooses.
  • Any winner found to have supplied incorrect or misleading information in their application at any time after the award will be liable to immediately repay any and all awards.
  • This scholarship opportunity is not open to employees or the immediate family of employees of Vets Now.
  • Continued support of the winners for the duration of your degree will be subject to continuing academic success. The decision as to whether you are deemed to have made satisfactory progress on your programme of study will be at the sole discretion of Vets Now. For the duration of your scholarship you will be required to submit progress reports when requested, from your academic tutor.

If you have any further questions please get in touch with us by emailing [email protected]