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At Eastcott Vets we are committed to supporting veterinary students through EMS placements. We have opportunities for students to grow and develop outside of the university environment by spending time alongside our Primary Care Clinicians, working on genuine clinical cases.

We offer placements throughout the year. Initial placements are a minimum of 2 weeks, whilst returning students can attend for shorter placements.

Accommodation is limited, please enquire.

The placement will consist of:

  • Four 10 hour working days with one day off in the week
  • Shadowing one vet for the entire working day
  • Becoming involved in all clinical aspects (patient dependent) including but not limited to
    • Surgery (One routine surgical procedure minimum)
    • Consults
    • IV placement
    • Phlebotomy

Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee any clinical activity involvement but endeavour to teach as much as possible.  On occasion patient safety may require less teaching and more shadowing but we do our best to minimise these times.

We are Currently starting to accept student from March 2022.

To apply for an EMS placement at Eastcott Vets please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with:

  • Your name
  • Contact details
  • Dates requesting (3 choices in preference order)
  • Accommodation desired/ required

If we are able to offer a placement during one of your chosen dates additional documents will be required to enable us to enhance and tailor your EMS experience and help track progress. These documents will be sent across to you via email.

Under the current circumstances prior to attending a placement we will require a video chat to discuss current Covid protocols.

Due to the uncertain times, placements are subject to be reschedule/ cancelled based upon government guidance and Health and Safety.

Work Experience

Currently on hold due to the Covid-19 situation.

We do accept certain students wishing to follow a career with animals for work experience. We are overwhelmed with request and there are some rules in place not only to give everyone a fair chance but also to take into account the veterinary environment and Health and Safety. Please read on to see our work experience requirements.

Work Experience Requirements for Eastcott Vets

Please read the details below to check that you qualify before contacting us regarding work experience. It is advised that you enquire a minimum of 2 months before you require the placement. Only applications submitted email will be considered.

We have a large number of requests for work experience placement. We can currently only consider work experience requests from:

  • Students studying relevant animal care courses at Lackham College
  • AS Level and A Level Students applying for Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Sciences and Veterinary Nursing
  • University students studying Veterinary Nursing
  • University students studying Veterinary Medicine for EMS placements or Veterinary Sciences
  • Work experience request must be submitted via email. We do not accept request via email without the form or by phone.

Priority will be given to EMS Students studying Veterinary Medicine

Please note:

  • We cannot accept students under 16 years of age
  • Work experience is at our Edison Park Clinic & Hospital only
  • We cannot accept students at weekends, Bank Holidays or over Christmas and New Year
  • Applications must be made via the email below. Please do not submit requests by phone
  • We can only accept one student at a time

To apply for work experience at Eastcott Vets please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with:

  • Your name
  • Contact details
  • Dates requesting (3 choices in preference order)
  • School/ College
  • If interested in veterinary medicine or nursing


Sadly we are unable to accept volunteer helpers because of the high levels of supervision that would be required. If you are interested in a volunteer job with animals in Swindon you could try looking for Swindon based animal charities or rescue homes.

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Eastcott Vets

Edison Park Clinic & Hospital, Hindle Way, Dorcan Way, Swindon, SN3 3FR

(You may need to use SN3 3RB for sat nav)

Tel: 01793 528341

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Eastcott Vets

Bath Road Clinic, 59 Bath Road, Old Town, Swindon, SN1 4AU

Tel: 01793 528341

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Eastcott Vets

Cricklade Road Clinic, 6 Clive Parade, Swindon, SN2 1AJ

Tel: 01793 528341

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