Zoetis Supports Veterinary Extramural Studies With Recognition Awards

Zoetis Supports Veterinary Extramural Studies With Recognition Awards 

Zoetis Ltd has shown its support for the extramural studies programme at the University of Bristol by providing awards in recognition of the contribution practices make and the commitment shown by vet students and vet nurses. The awards, comprising academic book vouchers, were presented at the University’s RCVS ceremony after graduation earlier this month.

Student Awards – The RCVS requires vet students to spend 26 weeks in a clinical setting alongside vets as an integral part of their education. Placements are assessed in a formative manner and the EMS prize gives an opportunity to award student excellence.

Placement Awards – There is no requirement for practices to provide EMS placements so the EMS practice prizes are a valuable way to recognise the significant contribution they make to veterinary education through providing opportunities for EMS. Vet nurses spend a year with a practice.  Whilst the practice does benefit from the nurse’s work they still need to invest time and effort into ensuring day one competencies are achieved and this also involves large amounts of paperwork.

Most Engaged Veterinary Student on EMS Placement 

Fiona Ridout had consistently excellent feedback across all her placements and significantly exceeded the RCVS required number of weeks for pre-clinical and clinical EMS. Feedback comments included: ‘Fiona has been highly motivated and reliable, always keen to help and gain experience’. ‘Fiona is one of the best students that we’ve have ever had’. ‘Her clinical knowledge improves each time she visits’. ‘Interactions from staff and clients have been impressive’.

Fiona Ridout
Fiona Ridout – Most Engaged Veterinary Student on EMS Placement 

Most Engaged Veterinary Nursing Student on EMS Placement

Megan Piper received excellent feedback from her EMS placements and from her rotations. Feedback comments included: ‘When Megan qualifies she will make an excellent nurse and a very valued member of any team’. ‘Megan has consistently demonstrated a professional, motivated approach to her work in practice’. ‘Our Referral Vets and Clinical Director were all very sad that she has finished her placement with us, and have invited her to come back once she has qualified’. 

Megan Piper 
Megan Piper – Most Engaged Veterinary Nursing Student on EMS Placement

Students’ Award for Outstanding Clinical EMS Placement 2018 

Winner – Donaldson’s Vets Maple Street Surgery in Huddersfield. Comments received from students included: ‘They are an extremely supportive team that are very keen to teach and get the students involved at every opportunity’. ‘They are very good at getting students involved and making them feel like part of the team’.

Students’ Award for Most Supportive Veterinary Nursing Placement Practice

Winner – Golden Valley Vets in Nailsea Park, Bristol. Comments received from students included: ‘All the staff were really friendly, welcoming and patient and I left feeling like part of the team’. ‘I was actively encouraged and supported with my Nursing Progress Log during my time there.’

Golden Valley Vets
Golden Valley Vets – Students’ Award for Most Supportive Veterinary Nursing Placement Practice

Veronica Roberts, Senior Clinical Fellow in Equine Medicine at the University of Bristol said:

The University of Bristol believes that EMS prizes encourage and acknowledge student learning in a practical ‘real world’ situation, thus supporting the university in its aim to prepare graduates for day one competencies and life-long learning. We are grateful to practices for the invaluable contribution they make towards student education through offering EMS placements.

Wendy Talbot, National Equine Veterinary Manager at Zoetis continued:

At Zoetis we are dedicated to supporting animal health through a wide range of quality medicines, vaccines, services and education so we are proud to sponsor these important prizes. They enable winning students to choose a preferred academic resource to help support them during their important first years in practice, while the winning practices can be formally thanked for their invaluable commitment and support. ”

The Bristol Veterinary School is situated at a dedicated site on the edge of the rural Mendips in the village of Langford, 14 miles south of Bristol. The 255-hectare estate is home to state-of-the-art facilities that are ideal for conducting a large variety of research activity, as well as being fundamental to their commitment in delivering first-rate teaching on all undergraduate courses and postgraduate taught programmes. The site caters for the whole student experience and they invested a large amount in facilities to make our students feel at home here during their time with there.

For information visit http://www.bristol.ac.uk/vetscience/

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