Student Information

Student EMS

We regularly have students undertaking EMS with us from all the UK veterinary schools and some from overseas. We hope to give these students a good practical experience of farm work in this part of the world. If you have a keen interest in farm work and would like to see practice with us, please fill in the application form, under 'How to Apply', and send it to us. We do get booked up well in advance, so please apply in good time if you want to come.



Student Guidelines

Aims & Goals
We would like you to think about some aims & goals for the time you spend with us. If you have an idea of what you want to learn we will try and make time to ensure you achieve this. Think about your areas of weakness either practical skills or understanding of theory and how we can help you improve. Please e-mail these details to  and we can then discuss these with you at the start of your training period.

Organising your days
Please ring Tracy Morris at the surgery the week before your placement to discuss your first morning. 

On call
Most emergencies (calvings, prolapses) occur out of hours and are often a rare occurrence. We do not require students to do on call with us at night or at the weekends but if you want to be involved, please provide your mobile number to reception and let the vets on call know that you would like to know if they are called out. You need to stay near Abergavenny to participate this aspect of EMS. If you need accomodation please ring us for information.

Health & Safety
You must read the Health and Safety file, sign it and fill in an emergency contact details form. This is important as we are dealing with large and sometimes unpredictable animals and safety is paramount

Farm Investigations
We will aim to give you a specific task such as mobility scoring or mastitis sampling when you are here. Don’t worry though we’ll give you full details of everything beforehand and ensure you fully understand what’s expected. This will allow you to develop practical and communication skills necessary for life as a vet.

Tasks within the Practice

These are just a few things that you could help out with if we’re quiet:

Operating Kits – Ask in the office how these should be washed and prepared. This allows you to become familiar with the equipment necessary to perform common LA surgical procedures.

Vet’s Cars – When you return to the practice ask the vet if you can restock their car and what they will require. This will allow you to understand what materials are necessary to perform our jobs.

Hot Drinks – Feel free to use the kitchen to make yourself a coffee or tea. But if you are, the rule goes that you must ask everyone else in the practice whether they’d like one as well.

Newsletter – We produce a newsletter on a regular basis to inform our clients of seasonal problems and topics of interest. Any help writing an article would be much appreciated so ask Jane if you can help.


  • Wellingtons
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Two pairs waterproof parlour tops
  • A hat & waterproof jacket
  • Stethoscope and thermometer
  • Lunch

Dress – smart casual (tie is optional)


We aim to maintain the highest standards of biosecurity possible, and it is essential that students arrive with clean protective clothing, and that it is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at the end of each visit. Please ask for help, to use the washing machine or to borrow some clothing if your kit has got very contaminated and needs further attention.

Client Confidentiality

It is very important that the confidentiality of our clients business is respected. When you leave the practice each day, by all means talk about what you have seen, but please do not mention farm names or farmers. When you are on farms with us, if you do mention what you have seen elsewhere, just don’t identify the farm by name.


We are not able to supply accommodation, but can help by supplying you with useful names and addresses if you need somewhere to stay.