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Student Placements


School Work Experience

Shires Veterinary Practice offers the opportunity for enthusiastic students aged 16 plus to experience working in a veterinary practice.  Our busy environment and modern surgical and medical facilities mean that no two days are the same.

There is an extremely high demand for work experience placements as students wishing to apply to train as a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse require evidence of work experience to help support their application.

Veterinary practices have strict Health and Safety guidelines and are considered a high risk environment and you may also face difficult and emotional situations.

Due to this we can only accept applications from students aged 16+ who are planning to apply or have applied to study veterinary medicine or veterinary nursing.

If you are in school year 10 or 11 we cannot offer you any work experience.

Successful applicants are accepted on a week placement from Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Due to the nature of our work, you will be mainly observing the veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses rather than participating in activities.

You should dress in smart work clothes (no jeans) with comfortable flat shoes as you should expect to be standing for most of the day.

Tasks you may be asked to undertake include:

  • Assisting veterinary nurses with the cleaning of the kennels and theatres
  • Assisting the veterinary nurses with the cleaning, packaging and sterilizing of surgical instruments
  • Assisting veterinary nurses with the care of hospitalized patients
  • Observing veterinary surgeons during consultations
  • Observing veterinary surgeons during surgical and medical procedures

For more information on a career as a vet or a vet nurse please see

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a work experience placement please print and complete our work experience application form.  Your form/year tutor needs to countersign your application and then return it with a covering letter to Dawn Haynes at our Stone surgery.


Student Veterinary Nurse Placements

Our Stone and Eaton Park practices are RCVS Training Practices for student veterinary nurse placements and training, which is provided by Jessica Hulme MRCVS, Sarah Barnes RVN and Emma Hall RVN
We preferentially take placement students from Harper Adams University College who are placed with us directly by the University

How to apply

We currently do not have any placements available for student veterinary nurses


Veterinary Student EMS Placements

As a mixed practice we can provide invaluable experience for veterinary students requiring EMS placements.
Our EMS placements are available as either Farm Animal Practice or Small Animal Practice placements.

How to apply

To discuss the availability of EMS placements please contact our Eccleshall surgery

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