Veterinary Student Extra Mural Studies

We welcome veterinary students to see practice with us.

Placements are split into small animal only, large animal only or mixed but the latter should be reserved for those students that have a genuine interest in pursuing mixed work in the future.

Placements are based at Cockermouth for large animal, small animal and mixed or Workington for small animal only.

At Millcroft, our view is that EMS is not a box-ticking exercise. 

  • We like students! A great student can be a massive help to our vet team.
  • Students allow vets in practice to hear about new techniques and cutting-edge veterinary medicine that goes on at vet schools. We want to learn from you, as much as you from us.
  • We are a large busy practice with a very varied medical and surgical caseload in both large and small animals so there is always something interesting to see.
  • We view EMS as an extended job interview. We are always on the look out for excellent young vets and keen to hire students who we have built up a relationship with. It would be great to think that your working veterinary career at Millcroft has already started when you are on EMS.
  • As we develop a relationship with students, more and more opportunities will become available and what you get out of EMS will massively increase.

  • To attract the best students, inexpensive accommodation is always available and often, but not always, free accommodation can be available in one of our practice-owned properties within walking distance to our Cockermouth branch. This allows students to easily attend interesting out of hours cases, help with in-patients and can be useful for those without cars. Free accommodation is prioritised for students who we have built a relationship with.
  • We treat EMS like an externship, with students coming back again and again and while our trust builds, their opportunities build. 

We take EMS seriously and have a very high demand from students. Because of this:

  • We seek out only the best students and those who are genuinely interested in potentially working for us in the future.
  • We kindly ask that on their first visit, students come for only 1 week to see how they fit with the practice. 

We ask those interested in see practice to send a current curriculum vitae and covering letter to Hazel Sharp, EMS co-ordinator at the Cockermouth and Workington surgery.

Veterinary Nurse Training Practice

Millcroft Veterinary Group has been a veterinary nurse training practice since 2002. To achieve this status we were inspected by our Veterinary Nursing Approved Centre (VNAC), Myerscough College, Preston. A VNAC is an organisation approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to manage veterinary nurse training and to enforce training standards.

We have two inspections a year by Myerscough College to ensure that standards are maintained and to assist with training methods to help our student nurses. The standards we have to meet focus primarily on the range of facilities and equipment we use, and the procedures undertaken in the practice, as well as health and safety issues.



School Student Work Experience

At Millcroft Veterinary Group we believe it is important to give appropriate encouragement and guidance to anyone who wants to work in the veterinary sector.  Work experience at a veterinary practice is highly sought after and we expect you to have a genuine desire to train as a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse and be enthusiastic during your time with us. Due to the nature of veterinary practices, the role of students undertaking work experience is largely one of observation, rather than participation. We are able to offer work experience at our Cockermouth and Workington surgeries only. There is currently no remaining availibility for 2022, applications for 2023 will be welcome from September 2022.

School students who would like to be considered for a work placement should apply by completing our application form and returning it Alisha Kirkbride RVN, Nursing Team Leader for placements at the Cockermouth surgery or Mark Bowman RVN, Team Leader for placements at the Workington surgery. If you would like further information about a career as a Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Nurse please see the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons website.