Students & VNs

Our RVN and student nurse members are rising in number, please contact your VN Council Representative for further information.

Vet Student and post-grad EAZWV Grants.

GUIDELINES FOR ABSTRACTS FOR BVZS MEETINGS: we welcome student speakers and poster presentations, for which there are prizes. 

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Vet Student member benefits
Student membership is an excellent way to get to know the majority of vets working in zoos, private practice or conservation, ideally leading to increased experience of exotics and possibly potential employment.

 Our website is a mine of information both in the public area and in the member area. The member area includes information on BVZS Council Members, Bulletin Library. BVZS Constitution, Minutes, Past Presidents, Guidelines, History, Honorary Members and Award Winners, Proceedings from 2001 onwards, Clinical surgery examples, Clinical Presentations, Case History Sheets, BVZS Wild Times Quarterly Newsletter, DWAA, Pet Shop Inspections and Day 1 Competences, Students' EMS list and Wildlife.

 Vet students are supported by our Student Liaison Representative and encouraged to join their vet school zoological society to find like-minded friends. Students are sponsored/supported by BVZS with concessionary tickets for our annual 3-day scientific meeting aimed at GP vets seeing exotics in practice or looking after an animal collection. Vets in practice, VNs and students provide talks on cases or research plus all Proceedings (USB stick) from 2001 are provided. Invited speakers may be international and at the top of our profession.

It is vital for vet students to get as much experience with exotics as you can via EMS - a list of providers is in the member area.

Following qualification, you may be presented with exotics in practice and need assistance, or get asked to look after an exotic collection open to the public, or become involved with wildlife. Vet membership of our vet listserv which has around 200 vet members is a huge amount of experience to draw on, queries posted may be answered in minutes.



Posters are invited for submission and display at each BVZS Conference. For this year's Conference, 6-8 November, 2020, at Conference Aston, Birmingham, deadline dates will be posted in due course. Any attendee may submit posters, though only those produced by undergraduate or postgraduate students (including veterinary nurse students) qualify for entry for the Awards (see below). Posters will be on display for the duration of the meeting.

  1. Posters should be within a board size of 85cm width x 120cm height.
  2. Please supply Velcro fixings.
  3. Posters should be put up before 9am on the Friday. For options to place posters the afternoon before, please contact the BVZS  Adminstrator or the local organiser (contact details will be made available at the time).
  4. An abstract of the poster is required to be submitted six weeks before the Meeting.  The abstract should be of approximately 300 words and will be published in the Conference Proceedings.  The abstract should be e-mailed to the Session Chair and to Victoria Roberts
  5. Posters should be composed of a large enough font to be read from a distance.  Title should be at least 48 font and general text at least 28 font.
  6. Images should be clear and bear legends which allow understanding of the figure without reference to the main text.
  7. The presenting author should be underlined and contact details provided.

A guide poster layout is shown below.


Posters should contain a descriptive title, with authors’ names and addresses below.  The text should start with an Abstract and end with a Summary.  The main content of the poster should be set according to standard scientific format: Hypothesis/Aim; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussion.

Posters to be considered for Prize Awards should be marked accordingly in the top left hand corner “PRIZE SUBMISSION”.  If they are not marked, they will not be judged.

Authors are requested to stand by their posters for discussion during the morning coffee break on the day of the meeting that they are attending.
Prize award criteria and details are explained below in more detail. The judging of the awards will be carried out at the BVZS conference by a panel appointed by BVZS Council. Their decision is final. In the event of no submission being selected, the award(s) will be carried over to the next conference. Posters will be judged during the lunchtime period on the Sunday and the winner will be announced at close of conference on the Sunday afternoon (unless otherwise advised).  A photograph of the winner and the abstract will be published in the next edition of the BVZS Newsletter.

If the winner is not present to receive the award, they will be notified in due course by the Student Liaison Rep.  The absentee will be requested to provide a photograph to be published in the BVZS meeting report.

For further queries, please contact the BVZS Student Liaison Rep or the BVZS Administrator .

Student is defined as: undergraduate veterinarian or veterinary nurse, or postgraduate on a full time veterinary course leading to a recognised qualification e.g. MSc. They are not available to those in employment, or those on internship or residency programs unless self-funded.

Each award carries free registration, dinner, and the conference hotel accommodation to the value of £400 maximum, the award being given at one meeting and then used at the following meeting. Contact Lindsay Thomas if you wish to enter.




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