The Royal Veterinary College offers support to students in financial difficulty through the Student Support Fund, Bursaries and Awards.

Applications can be submitted electronically to: supportfunds@rvc.ac.uk but we advise you password protect documents to ensure the protection of confidential information.  If you are unsure how to password protect documents, please contact the IT helpdesk: helpdesk@rvc.ac.uk.

If you have any questions about any of the RVC funds below, please email: moneymatters@rvc.ac.uk

For more information about the RVC Bursary of £1,000 per year, please see our FAQ section on the Fees and Funding page.

RVC Student Support Fund

The RVC encourages you to seek help as early as possible if you are struggling to meet the costs of your studies.  

The RVC Student Support Fund is available to support enrolled students who are facing the following financial difficulties:

  • Exceptional but necessary course related costs - generally accommodation and travel costs related to EMS, placements, rotations, projects, etc.
  • Unexpected costs relating to general living expenditure – such as accommodation, travel, bills, childcare etc.
  • Students who, because of financial hardship,  are unable to pay their rent, buy food or other essentials.
  • Students whose income has been effected by the Coronavirus and are struggling to pay their rent, buy food or have other unexpected costs

Note: The Student Support Fund is not able to assist with Tuition Fees.

Awards are made based on an understanding of your whole financial situation and priority is given to those applicants who can demonstrate that their overall income (including family contributions) is insufficient to meet their costs while studying.  

Other priority groups include: 

  • Students with caring responsibilities or students with children (especially lone parents)
  • Students with a disability
  • Students estranged from their parents
  • Care leavers
  • Students who have lived in Foyers or who are homeless
  • Students receiving the final year loan rate who are in financial difficulty (including those who are unable to work because of academic pressure)
  • Mature students with existing financial commitments and priority debts

Please complete the application form available below and submit along with the requested documentary evidence. Your application cannot be considered if all supporting documents are not included with your application form.

Note: Previous applicants should only reapply if their circumstances have changed and/or they are experiencing unforeseen or exceptional difficulties.

Who is eligible?

Current RVC student who have applied for all available funding from statutory sources e.g. Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, SAAS, US Loans, etc. Students must have less than £1,500 in all of their accounts combined at the time of submitting their application.

When to apply?

The 2020/21 fund will open on 10th August 2020.  Applications must be submitted, in full, before 5pm on Friday 16th July 2021 for continuing students or before 5pm on Friday 18th June 2021 for final year students. 

How do I apply?

Please complete the application form below:

Student Support Fund Application Form

Please ensure you complete all sections of the Student Support Fund application form, make sure to sign it and include all supporting documents. Failure to include all evidence or to complete the form will result in a delay to your application.  

Submitting an application:

  • By Email.  Applications can only be submitted by email at present to the following email address: supportfunds@rvc.ac.uk. We advise students to password protect their documents and send the password information in a separate email.

Please ensure you send copies of ALL necessary supporting documents with your application.

If you have any queries about the fund, please e-mail moneymatters@rvc.ac.uk.

New - Digital Support Fund

Digital Support Fund

To support students financially with the costs of studying remotely due to Covid.

The RVC Digital Support Fund has been created using additional funding provided by the Office for Students and is designed to help students with additional costs associated with fully engaging with Blended Learning.

The Digital Support Fund can help students with the cost of equipment* including:

  • purchasing a laptop
  • fixing an existing laptop
  • mice, keyboards and USB headsets
  • upgraded Wi-Fi* for 3 months
  • Wi-Fi dongle* for 3 months  

The maximum award per student will be £500 so the fund can support as many students as possible.  The fund is available for purchases/upgrades made since 1st December 2020.

Students who need financial support with other aspects of their living costs are encouraged to apply to the Student Support Fund.  Students are able to apply to both the Digital Support Fund and the Student Support Fund in the 2020/21 academic year.

Who is eligible?

The fund is open to students who are: 

  • Enrolled in 2020/21 academic year 
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate students
  • Full and part time Home
  • EU and International fee status 
  • Accessing all available financial support from their funding body e.g. SFE, SFW, SFNI, SAAS, US loan, SLC 
  • Struggling to meet the costs of the equipment needed to study from home or in financial hardship due to purchasing equipment or services 

When to apply?

The fund is now closed

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please consider an application to the Student Support Fund (information above) or book an appointment with the Student Money Adviser via Learn.

How do I apply?

Please complete the short online application form linked to below:

Digital Support Fund Application Form

Please ensure you complete all sections of the application form linked to above and include details of the purchase or intended purchase.  Make sure to sign the form and read the declaration before submitting your application. 

Please ensure you send copies of the necessary supporting documents with your application.

If you have any queries about the fund, please e-mail moneymatters@rvc.ac.uk.  Once you have submitted your application, please email supportfunds@rvc.ac.uk with any queries or further supporting documents.

*Please check the application form for further information on the particular equipment or Wi-Fi service the fund can assist students with

Southern Afghan Club Trust Bursary

What are they?

This bursary is made possible by a generous donation from the Southern Afghan Club Trust.  The bursary aims to support student's with the costs associated with their studies.  Applications where students have undertaken a piece of research or a placement that has had a significant impact on animal welfare are desirable.  Awards between £100 - £500 each will be made to eligible students depending on the number and quality of applications received.   The Southern Afghan Club offers advice to owners of Afghan Hounds and they organise annual shows.  They also dedicate significant resources towards the rescue of Afghan Hounds in the South East of the UK.  The donation they have given to the RVC aims to support students studies and animal welfare.  

You are encouraged to discuss a piece of research you will be, or have, undertaken or a placement you will be, or have. attended which focuses on animal welfare.

Some examples might include: 

  • research into animal welfare or funded by an animal welfare charity
  • research into diseases affecting animals
  • a placement with an animal welfare charity in the UK or abroad

Who is eligible?

This bursary is open to all undergraduate or postgraduate students on any course, excluding those in the first year of their studies.  You must be a current, enrolled RVC student to apply for the bursary.  

When to apply?

There are two deadlines each year: 

Friday 11th December 2020

Friday 26th March 2021

How do I apply?

Please complete the application form below:

Southern Afghan Club Trust Bursary Application Form

Submitting an application:

  • By Email.  Applications can be submitted by email to the following email address: supportfunds@rvc.ac.ukWe advise students to password protect their documents and send the password information in a separate email.

Please ensure you send copies of ALL necessary supporting documents with your application. 

If you have any queries about the fund, please e-mail moneymatters@rvc.ac.uk

RVC EMS+ Awards Scheme

What is this scheme? 

The RVC EMS+ Awards scheme is generously funded by RVC Alumni (from the Alumni Fund and the former RVC Graduates Association) and aims to encourage and enable BVetMed students in their 3rd, 4th and 5th years to experience potentially career-informing EMS opportunities in the UK or abroad (subject to current RVC policy on international travel and placements for students during the pandemic). Please ensure you read the most up to date information on policy as it changes regularly. 

The EMS opportunity must offer an exciting opportunity to the student and be aspirational.  Students must demonstrate how the placement will fulfill these objectives in the application form.  Preference will be given to placements which are at least two weeks in duration. Students may have already had the opportunity approved (please provide a copy of your confirmation e-mail) but prior approval (or indeed, prior arrangement of the placement) is not a requirement:  in such circumstances an award will be made on the proviso that approval is given. 

All placements must meet the usual criteria set for RVC EMS. The scheme will invite applications twice a year in May and December and for each call, one award of up to £1,000 will be available and around 8-10 further awards of up to £500 each (the value of awards may vary depending on the size and quality of applications received). 

All awardees will be expected to supply a short report (min 750 words) within a month of completing the placement outlining how the placement benefited them, reflecting back on their objectives as outlined in their original application and with good quality photos. Awards are given on the proviso that students consent to their reports and photos being used online and offline for fundraising, to promote the scheme and to update alumni as to how their donated funds have been spent.

Applications will be judged by a panel of RVC staff chaired by Vicki Laing and comprising Karla Lee, Julian Drewe, Jackie Cardwell, Imelda McGonnell and Shelley Revell.  

Please note this scheme replaces the previous EMS funding scheme funded by the Graduates’ Association.

Who is eligible?

This scheme is open to students studying Veterinary Medicine years 3, 4 and 5. The EMS can be of any type (including any animal species) and be in the UK or abroad. Students may apply more than once during their course (maximum of one application per deadline) but each student is eligible to receive only one award during their degree. 

When to apply?

There will be two funding calls per year, one in December and one in May.  The next deadline is

  • Friday 14th May 2021
  • Friday 10th December 2021

Student Alex performs surgery during EMS placementAlexander Davies, Pafiakos and CCP Animal Welfare

Following two incredible weeks at Pafiakos and CCP Animal Welfare in Cyprus, Alex believes that he is a more competent and professional veterinary student: At first, the placement was very daunting, but Alex was able to put into practice knowledge from lectures and rotations along with other EMS experiences to successfully and confidently perform spay and castration in cats and dogs.

“By performing up to ten surgeries per day, I am more comfortable with tissue handling, entering the abdominal cavity (flank and midline) and closing/suturing. I was able to develop my handling and knowledge of different suture material to select the most appropriate suture for different animals or procedures.

“As a new graduate, I think that routine surgeries will not be a source of anxiety and this surgical experience will put me at an advantage.”

Student Kriti during EMS placementKriti Saxena - United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) New England Veterinary Services

Kriti’s EMS placement was dedicated to ‘veterinary services’, focusing on animal agricultural diseases that pose significant risks to animal health, human health, and/or domestic and international trade.

“This learning was valuable for me as a final year vet student considering mixed practice and veterinary public health. I realised that having a good understanding of notifiable disease pathogenesis and transmission is fundamental in implementing surveillance and control strategies.”

“I gained valuable insight into what it was like working in the United States and in the federal government. It gave me a lot to think about in terms of my next steps and how I want to carve a role for myself in the profession and the larger concept of One Health.”

How do I apply?

Please complete the application form here:    EMS+ Award Application Form

Completed application forms must be sent to Emma Bryan, Grants and Legacies Administrator by 5pm on the deadline day at ebryan@rvc.ac.uk

All applications will be checked for their eligibility and then independently scored by Panel members and discussed at a Panel meeting three to four weeks later. For the May deadline, successful candidates will be informed by early-June, for the December deadline, successful candidates will be informed by early-February.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact the Student Money Adviser: moneymatters@rvc.ac.uk.

RVC Burrows Bursaries

What are they?

The Burrows Bursary scheme is made possible as a result of generous bequest made to support students training to become veterinary surgeons.

The bursary is intended to support students facing financial hardship, and for this reason you will need to submit evidence of your financial situation. A list of the documents you will need to send can be found at the end of the application form.

It is hoped that eight awards of £1,000 will be made each year.

Who is eligible?

Applications for the awards are invited from UK students who will be graduating from the BVetMed course in 2021/22 i.e. in the penultimate year of their course.

When to apply?

Applications will be considered after the closing date of Sunday 13th June 2021.

How do I apply?

The application form will be available here and on the Advice Centre Student Money Advice Learn page.  Please check back here in April 2021.

Submitting an application:

  • By Email.  Applications should be submitted by email to the following email address: supportfunds@rvc.ac.uk.  We advise students to password protect their documents and send the password information in a separate email.

Please ensure you submit copies of ALL necessary supporting documents with your application.

If you have any queries about this fund, please contact moneymatters@rvc.ac.uk.

The Homfray Awards

What are they?

The Homfray Awards are made available because of a generous donation from The Mary Homfray Charitable Trust, via Mary’s grandson, Matthew Homfray.

The fund is intended to support students facing financial hardship, and for this reason you will need to submit evidence of your financial situation. A list of the documents you will need to send can be found at the end of the application form.

It is hoped that five awards of £1,000 will be made each year.

Who is eligible?

Applications for the award are invited from students who meet all of the following criteria: 

 UK or EU students
 Students accessing all loans and grants from the UK government (i.e. SFE, SFW, SFNI or SAAS)
 Students in the final year of the BVetMed
 Students experiencing hardship

Successful applicants must be willing to provide a short report if their application is successful.

When to apply?

Applications will re-open in Autumn 2021. 

How do I apply?

The application form will be available here from Autumn 2021

Submitting an application:

  • By Email.  Applications should be submitted by email to the following email address: supportfunds@rvc.ac.ukWe advise students to password protect their documents and send the password information in a separate email.

Please ensure you submit copies of ALL necessary supporting documents with your application.

If you have any queries about this fund, please contact moneymatters@rvc.ac.uk.

LIVE Student Presentation Prize

Each year the LIVE Centre gives undergraduate students the chance to win some funding to assist them with attending conferences and symposiums.

Undergraduates are encouraged to write abstracts and posters to present at upcoming conferences and then submit them to the conference body for consideration. If successful, the LIVE Centre will then offer the students up to £250.00 towards their conference registration or travel fees. 

One award for each term will be given. For more information, please visit the LIVE website: http://www.live.ac.uk/our-work/live-student-presentation-prize

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