VetPartners Bursary – Supporting Widening Participation at Vet School



VetPartners has a commitment to supporting veterinary students throughout their studies at university.

We are now delighted to offer bursaries to veterinary students to support those from widening participation backgrounds. VetPartners recognises the importance of having a diverse and inclusive profession and the starting point for this is encouraging and supporting under-represented groups to see the veterinary profession as something not only aspirational but also attainable. The VetPartners Bursary is one way we can actively support this.

What is the VetPartners Bursary?

The bursary is an annual award of £1,500 to recipient veterinary undergraduate students per year of study for the duration of their undergraduate degree, typically 5 years. The total value of the bursary is £7500. There are up to 15 new bursaries available each autumn.

Who is Eligible to Apply for the VetPartners Widening Participation Bursary?

Initial qualifying criteria

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students enrolled in Autumn 2023 for the first year of a full-time undergraduate veterinary degree at a UK Vet School¹
  • Not have previously studied for an undergraduate degree in the UK or overseas.
  • Have Home Funding Status²

The following criteria will be considered when awarding bursaries. Not all criteria are required. Students that meet the initial qualifying criteria need to meet at least one of the following additional criteria in order to apply for consideration.

  • Care experienced / care leaver – This refers to a young person aged 16-25 years old who has been in the care system at some point since they were 14 years old and were in care on or after their 16th birthday. This is the standard government definition.
  • Students who are young carers
  • Household income below median disposable UK household income of £32,200 (January 2023)³
  • Non-traditional entry to vet school for example one of the following:
    • completion of a Gateway or foundation course,
    • BTEC
    • City & Guilds qualifications or,
    • Contextualised A-level grade offers e.g. ABB instead of A*AA
    • Other non-traditional routes of entry will also be considered

Supporting Information

As part of your application VetPartners would like to understand the beneficial impact the award will have on your time at Vet School.  We would like to hear about the following in a supporting statement:

  • How the scholarship will help you achieve your ambitions and career goals
  • What activities and interests do you have outside of formal education and how these have helped you develop as a person
  • Any educational or other barriers you have had to overcome

You may contact VetPartners in confidence if you are unsure how best to provide evidence in your supporting statement.

How to Apply

Applications must use the below form to make their application. The application form captures the above eligibility criteria and includes space for a personal statement. Completion of the online form submits it the VetPartners Bursary Committee for scrutiny.

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2023.

Notification of Bursary Award

Successful applicants will be notified in writing no longer than 4 weeks after the application submission deadline.

Successful Applications

Successful candidates may be asked to participate in VetPartners events and/or publicity promoting and celebrating the benefits of the bursary, sharing their vet school experience and how the bursary has specifically assisted them in their studies.

VetPartners may also ask bursary recipients to share opportunities at VetPartners with their year group for example EMS or graduate employment opportunities.

¹See for list of UK Vet Schools

²Home Student must be ordinarily resident in the UK for the three year period prior to the start of their course

³Household income as defined by the Office for National Statistics

Ready to Apply?

Veterinary Student Sponsorship Form

A form for veterinary students to apply for scholarships with VetPartners.

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Your personal statement should articulate in a maximum of 600 words: • Your personal qualities that will make you a good vet • Your motivation to study veterinary medicine • How the scholarship will assist you and help you realise your goal of qualifying as a vet

 Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

  1. Applicants for the VetPartners Widening Participation bursary agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. The promoter of the bursary is VetPartners Limited, Spitfire House, Aviator Court, York, YO30 4UZ.
  2. No other alternatives to the bursary will be offered and the bursary is not transferable.
  3. All applications must be completed and received in full by October 31st 2022. 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. VetPartners accepts no responsibility for applications that are lost, corrupted, damaged, or delayed in transit.
  4. All applications must be received via the online application form available from the Scholarship Hub or VetPartners website.
  5. Only one application will be accepted per applicant.
  6. When you apply for this bursary, your personal and contact information will only be used in relation to this application and will be shared between The Scholarship Hub and VetPartners for this purpose only. More on the Companies’ privacy policies can be found here:
  7. Successful bursary applicants will be notified by November 15th 2022. The Bursary 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.
  8. In accepting the bursary, the bursary winner agrees to take part in any promotional activity to publicise the bursary, as required by VetPartners.
  9. Bursary money will be awarded directly to the bursary winner in one instalment during each academic year. The money can be used however the student chooses.
  10. Bursary winners may be offered paid work opportunities during the course of their degree at VetPartners veterinary clinics but there is no obligation on the winner to accept such an offer.
  11. 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.
  12. This bursary opportunity is not open to employees or the immediate family of employees of VetPartners.
  13. 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 VetPartners. For the duration of the your bursary you will be required to submit progress reports when requested, from your academic tutor.