VN Times is offering a bursary for one RVN taking the Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care.
VN Times is offering a bursary for one RVN taking the Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care.

VNs could win a bursary worth £1,000 for a City and Guilds level four emergency and critical care course starting in October.

VN Times, vet’s sister publication, has teamed up with Vets Now to offer one RVN starting the Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care (Cert VN ECC) funding for the course and exam, meaning what usually costs £1,000 will, in fact, be free.

The bursary is also open to those not yet enrolled on the course. All VN Times asks for in return is an update from the RVN on how the course is going in the form of a 250-word column to be printed in the magazine every two months.

Wondering if it’s right for you?

Do you have an interest in emergency and critical care, want to develop your VN skill set or maybe look at an optional career path, all from the comfort of your own home? Then this is the course for you.

You gain an industry-recognised City and Guilds level four qualification with all course content delivered via an e-learning platform, guaranteeing maximum flexibility for you. Delivered online over 18 months, students are expected to complete six core units and the accompanying coursework, submitted to tutors for marking.

Final award of the certificate is dependent on successful completion of the final assessment papers.

How to apply

If you have already enrolled on the course, or having it funded means you would like to, and you want to apply for the bursary, all we need is 50 words on why you want to take the Cert VN ECC.

Email this to VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard at using the subject line “Cert VN ECC” with your name and telephone number.

The winner will not only will have their certificate and exam paid for, but they will also become a regular contributor to VN Times for the duration of the course.

As Vets Now is closing certificate applications on 31 August, this is also the closing date for VN Times bursary entries.


Terms and conditions

  1. The competition is open to any UK-based RVN enrolled on the Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care starting this October, as well as those still wanting to apply. However, RVNs working for Vets Now are not eligible, as they can apply for additional funding through the company already.
  2. The successful RVN must supply a 250-word column every two issues to VN Times on how the course is progressing/the experience they are having on the course. Vets Now will have sight of the submissions before print, and the editor of VN Times has the right to edit these to house style. The winner of the bursary will work with the editor directly regarding style and deadlines.
  3. All entries for the bursary must be at least 40 words long and no longer than 50. Entries must be supplied with an accompanying name and telephone number, and sent to under the subject line “Cert VN ECC”. Any entry falling outside of these requirements will be declared null and void.
  4. After the certificate is successfully completed, the chosen RVN must make every effort to attend the certificate ceremony in person for presentation and picture purposes, with Vets Now funding travel expenses to help facilitate attendance. If the VN can’t attend for any reason, a separate meeting between VN Times and the VN will be set up to secure what is required.
  5. RVNs not currently enrolled on the course need to apply online for it at before/at the same time as applying for the bursary. The course does not require upfront payment, however, so if the RVN is successful with the bursary, no money would have been paid out.
  6. If the winner is an RVN already enrolled on the course, and therefore paid up, Vets Now will arrange a refund to that RVN, with VN Times paying the deficit. If it is a newly enrolled RVN, VN Times will pay Vets Now directly on their behalf.
  7. If the successful RVN is unable to continue with the course for whatever reason, they can defer until a later cohort. The bursary will remain in place and the written submissions to VN Times will continue once the RVN resumes the course. The maximum time out period for this is six months, and incurs a £10 fee, to be paid by the RVN to Vets Now. Same conditions apply if the RVN decides to defer the final exam. However, if the RVN wishes to withdraw from or cancel the course entirely, the RVN forfeits the funding, and the amount remaining – dependent on how much of the course has been completed – will be transferred to a second student of VN Times’ choosing. This VN will, therefore, have their course part-funded, and will take over responsibility for the VN Times written submissions for the rest of their course.
  8. 31 August is the expiry date or applications to the Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care. The expiry date for entries for the VN Times bursary is the same.
  9. This competition only applies to the cohort of RVNs taking the course commencing on 1 October 2016. It does not apply to any other course or cohort.
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