16-17 NOVEMBER 2023

Portfolio Events

EMS is dead! Long live EMS

18 Nov 2022
BVA Congress

Extra mural studies have been a long-standing element of the RCVS accredited veterinary curriculum, and previous RCVS reviews have labelled EMS the “Jewel in the Crown” of veterinary education in the UK. However, curricula and ways of teaching veterinary students have evolved considerably in the last few years, and the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on placement availability and feasibility led to several new innovations in teaching core clinical skills and engaging students in both animal husbandry and clinical environments. Following the announcement of a further review of EMS by the RCVS, a BVA Working Group was formed which has heard evidence from a broad range of stakeholders and considered the role EMS could and should play in a modern veterinary curriculum. This session will consider the challenges and opportunities for providers, students and vet schools and hear the core recommendations of the working group.

  • Describe the challenges and opportunities of the current EMS system from the perspective of multiple stakeholders
  • Explain the purpose of the BVA working group and its key recommendations