Seeing Practice with PDSA

Coronavirus: Impact on Seeing Practice placements

In light of the developing Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation, maintaining our veterinary services and the welfare of our pet patients, clients, volunteers and staff remains our top priority.  We are following official government guidelines and have decided to temporarily pause our Seeing Practice opportunities with immediate effect. This means that all currently scheduled placements for the year are cancelled. In terms of next steps we will be reviewing our Seeing Practice opportunities in due course and will update you on timescales via email or updates on this page as soon as we can. We understand what a worrying time this is for everyone and we would like to thank you for your support.


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

Please note all Seeing Practice opportunities are currently paused.

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. Find out more about volunteering for PDSA.