The RCVS Charitable Trust is offering up to 10 grants worth around £500 each, to support UK veterinary surgeons looking to pursue themes of clinical or non-clinical research involving short-term visits to veterinary or medical centres, or research institutes, outside the UK.

RCVS Charitable Trust is offering up to 10 travel awards worth around £500 each.The travel awards are open to registered members of the RCVS, as well as to candidates registered for a PhD at a UK veterinary school. The awards are available for up to 12 months from the award date, and awards cannot be made for projects taking place before October 31, 2011.

The successful candidates will be asked to submit an article to the veterinary press and provide the trust with a diary record including photographs, and/or short video.

The trust is also offering up to five grants to veterinary nurse training centres to purchase equipment worth up to £5,000.

Applications may be made for equipment which is directly used for veterinary nurse training of care and treatment of animals. All RCVS accredited UK veterinary nurse training centres are eligible to apply.

Tracy Mayne, RVN and trustee, said: “Traditionally we directed our equipment grants only to the veterinary schools, but last year we extended the eligibility to include veterinary nurse training centres, and in 2011 we decided to dedicate the funding solely to veterinary nurse training, as part of celebrating 50 years of the profession.”

All applications for both the travel awards and equipment grants must be received by 5pm on October 31, 2011.

Further information including full application criteria, is available from www.rcvstrust.org.uk/grants/ Alternatively, you can contact grants@rcvstrust.org.uk or call 0207 202 0741.

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