Information for EMS Students

As a busy mixed practice we are happy to provide EMS placements for clinical veterinary students providing we have availability and are given ample notice of the required dates. As we aim to have no more than 2 students on placement at any one time, we advise booking well in advance of your required dates to avoid disappointment. Our placement book fills up quickly, especially around the university holiday period. To enquire about a placement, please email your CV and a covering letter to info@ribblevets.co.uk.

We offer both mixed practice and companion animal placements to students. Mixed practice placements involve both accompanying our vets on farm visits and assisting in the care and management of our companion animal hospital and consult cases at our main Penwortham practice. Companion animal placements are based solely at our main Penwortham practice.

Due to our caseload and practice structure we are unable to provide solely farm animal placements. Our routine farm work takes place in the mornings, with afternoons being kept free for emergency calls. As a result it is likely that all students will spend a proportion of their time most afternoons, and some mornings, based at our Penwortham practice. It is expected that all students finding themselves in this situation would be willing to become involved in our companion animal work at these times by observing and assisting our veterinary and nursing staffs.

We would ask that all students with a particular interest in seeing farm animal work would make this known to our veterinary and reception staffs so that we can, where possible, arrange that they may accompany vets on afternoon or evenings farm visits. However such placements will still be recorded as mixed practice placements.

We cannot provide equine placements due to our relatively low equine caseload. Again specific interest in this area can be accommodated, where possible, but exposure to varied equine work during a placement is likely to be limited.

Please take into account the seasonal nature of our work. Our farm animal caseload is busiest in spring and quieter in autumn, which will be reflected in your placement at these times.

Our placement week is five days and only fully completed weeks will be signed off. If you cannot attend on any of your placement days please inform us either before you arrive, or on the first day of your placement. On placements of two weeks or longer it may be possible to attend on a Saturday in place of a single week day.

Our standard placement hours are from 8.30am to 4pm. Students involved in interesting cases/calls are welcome to stay later in the evening but are not obliged to. It is expected that you will take a half hour lunch break between 12pm and 2pm, usually when you find yourself at a natural lull between cases or calls. We do not always remember to check that you have had your lunch so please take charge of this yourself and inform us when you are leaving the building.

Things to bring with you

  • Packed lunch.
  • Warm clothing for farm calls.
  • Smart clothes for companion animal consults (no jeans, hoodies, t-shirts or trainers).
  • Waterproof trousers, overalls and wellington boots for farm work.
  • Any relevant paperwork from your university relating to your placement.
  • Pens, small notebook, digital thermometer and stethoscope.

Please attend our Penwortham surgery at 8.30am on the first morning of your placement and report to reception for your orientation. We look forward to meeting you.