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Hi, Ive got an offer for vet med at Liverpool 2021 entry and have a few questions on EMS placements:

-how do people fund placements?
-what advice did the vet school give to you regarding organising placements??
-I’ve been writing notes etc from my experience so far, do you have to fill out a detailed log for your placements??
-when are the holidays for vet students and roughly how much is placement time??
-do you decide when to undertake placements or are you given a slot to do e.g a dairy placement?

Thank you so much in advance!!
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Funding - it depends on your experience and on the placement. If you have lots of experience working on farms then you could get paid to do your lambing and dairy or beef placement if you can find somewhere looking for paid help that lines up with when you want to do it. But if you have no experience I certainly wouldn't expect/ask to be paid as often the farmer is giving up their time (and accommodation/food) to teach you. For clinical placements it is unlikely you would ever be paid so those will all be self-funded realistically. There actually isn't much to fund though. You could choose to do most of your placements locally and negate having to stay anywhere or travel far. But the vet world is very connected chances are you will know a farmer or a vet student, or even a friendly vet, who will let you stay with them for placement (obviously post-COVID times).

Vet school specify you must (under normal times) complete 12 weeks pre-clinical and 26 weeks clinical placement.
Of these for pre-clinical:
1 week lambing
1 week dairy/beef
1 week poultry
1 week pigs
1 week equine
1 week small animal
You are allowed up to 4 weeks of each and so long as you meet the minimums can fill your time however you like

For clinical you must do a minimum of (I think 3 but could be 4) small animal, farm and equine and can then fill the rest as you please.
You also have to do 2 weeks public health - e.g. vet labs, abattoirs, butchers etc.

You are advised to keep an EMS diary - though this is not an RCVS requirement. But once you have created a placement you are given a form with a few boxes for the provider to tick as to how good you were and a comments section for anything they have to say. This must be handed into the EMS office for your placement to count - provided you haven't done awfully this is all you need to do.

Vet holidays years 1-3 you can find on the university website for term dates - you can only do your placements within these holidays. Years 4-5 they change a little as you are on rotations.

You decide when to undertake placements - but good look finding a lambing placement outside of season
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Funding - it depends on your experience and on the placement. If you have lots of experience working on farms then you could get paid to do your lambing and dairy or beef placement if you can find somewhere looking for paid help that lines up with when you want to do it. But if you have no experience I certainly wouldn't expect/ask to be paid as often the farmer is giving up their time (and accommodation/food) to teach you. For clinical placements it is unlikely you would ever be paid so those will all be self-funded realistically. There actually isn't much to fund though. You could choose to do most of your placements locally and negate having to stay anywhere or travel far. But the vet world is very connected chances are you will know a farmer or a vet student, or even a friendly vet, who will let you stay with them for placement (obviously post-COVID times).

Vet school specify you must (under normal times) complete 12 weeks pre-clinical and 26 weeks clinical placement.
Of these for pre-clinical:
1 week lambing
1 week dairy/beef
1 week poultry
1 week pigs
1 week equine
1 week small animal
You are allowed up to 4 weeks of each and so long as you meet the minimums can fill your time however you like

For clinical you must do a minimum of (I think 3 but could be 4) small animal, farm and equine and can then fill the rest as you please.
You also have to do 2 weeks public health - e.g. vet labs, abattoirs, butchers etc.

You are advised to keep an EMS diary - though this is not an RCVS requirement. But once you have created a placement you are given a form with a few boxes for the provider to tick as to how good you were and a comments section for anything they have to say. This must be handed into the EMS office for your placement to count - provided you haven't done awfully this is all you need to do.

Vet holidays years 1-3 you can find on the university website for term dates - you can only do your placements within these holidays. Years 4-5 they change a little as you are on rotations.

You decide when to undertake placements - but good look finding a lambing placement outside of season
Ah that’s great, thank you so much for all your help!
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