What is 'Seeing Practice'?

Seeing Practice is the term used when an undergraduate veterinary student accompanies a practicing qualified vet and receives on-service training. It’s also known as Extra-Mural Studies (EMS).      

Seeing Practice with PDSA 

If you are studying to become a vet or vet nurse, or if you are already enrolled on an animal care course, a Seeing Practice placement with PDSA gives you a host of benefits: 

  • See a wider variety of interesting cases than in most general practices. Our PDSA Pet Hospitals have an annual case load of over 2 million treatments. Because of the scope of our service and the range of pets we see, you can expect a broader experience than in most general practices.
  • Gain hands-on experience. At a PDSA Pet Hospital you won’t just be observing experienced vets in action.
  • Experienced veterinary students can expect to try their hand at minor operations, procedures and consulting. Our team are very welcoming and will be on hand to support you throughout your time with us.
  • Use the latest equipment. Our Pet hospitals, most of which are purpose built, use the latest equipment to be found in general practice (ECG, endoscopy, ultrasound, ASIF implants etc).  

How to Apply

When a hospital is in a position to offer a placement they will advertise the vacancy in the careers section under Seeing Practice

If you have not already done so, we recommend that you register your details and set an alert to notify you when a vacancy is advertised.

If you've got any questions about Seeing Practice with PDSA, 
take a look at our frequently asked questions

Qualified Vets and Nurses

Seeing Practice placements are work experience placements for students studying for a veterinary qualification. If you're a MRCVS qualified vet or nurse who is confident in practice and would like to volunteer, we'd love to hear from you. Please use our online MRCVS Application form to apply.