09/08/2019

Recognition Awards for Veterinary Extramural Studies Supported by Zoetis

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

Dr Wendy Talbot, National Equine Veterinary Manager at Zoetis presenting Awards to Dana Flint and Jamie Rahman

Jamie Rahman (BVSc) won the award for the most engaged veterinary student on EMS placement. Jamie showed great engagement with the EMS process. His own feedback on his placements was thoughtful and considered, with constructive and detailed reflections on each. It was clear to see how he used his EMS to improve his clinical skills and knowledge, and in particular to help reaffirm his passion for charity work.

Feedback included: ‘Exceptional attitude’. ‘Contributed actively to good clinical discussion’. ‘Intelligent and engaging’. ‘Shows true dedication to learning as much as he can whilst in practice, trying to spend as much time with the different specialists as possible’.

Dana Flint (BSc Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science) won the award for the most engaged veterinary nursing student on EMS placement. Dana showed great engagement with the EMS process of finding and booking suitable placements. She had good communication skills with the EMS office throughout.

Feedback included: ‘Exceptional student a pleasure to have for the summer’. ‘Dana… showed a great deal of commitment to all tasks.’ ‘Outstanding professional behaviour’. ‘Her attitude to working and learning has been fantastic’.

Cheviot Vets in Alnwick won the students’ award for outstanding clinical EMS placement 2019. Comments received from students included: ‘I would not be nearly as prepared and ready for practice without the support and training of the team at Cheviot Vets.’They invested an incredible amount of time into helping me develop my husbandry knowledge and skills.’ ‘Really supportive manner and encouraged me to develop my skills.’

The Rowe Veterinary Hospital in Bristol won the students’ award for most supportive veterinary nursing placement practice 2019. Comments received from students included: ‘They helped me not only complete my nursing progress log but finish it early’. ‘The whole team were so supportive and they were happy to help with anything’. ‘They boosted my confidence so much….and made me feel like one of the team’.

The RCVS requires vet students to spend 26 weeks in a clinical setting alongside vets as an integral part of their education. Veterinary nursing students spend a total of 62 weeks in an RCVS training practice during their four-year degree programme. All placements are assessed in a formative manner and the EMS prize gives an opportunity to award student excellence. 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. The practices are dedicated to investing time and effort into their training during this time.

Sarah Heming, Director of Public Affairs and Customer Relations at Zoetis said: “Zoetis has a high focus on supporting the professional advancement of the veterinary profession. We are proud sponsors of the EMS Recognition Awards for Bristol University alongside other initiatives such as the Young Vet of the Year Awards in partnership with the British Veterinary Association. The initial stages of a veterinary career are pivotal so helping winning individuals to invest in academic or professional resources to support their continued development in practice can be very beneficial. We would also like to formally thank the winning practices for their invaluable commitment and support.”

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