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Working with Nottingham Vet School

What are the advantages of a partnership with a University?                                        

Being a clinical associate of the University of Nottingham means that final year undergraduate students will gain experience at our practice. This will provide several advantages to the practice and our clients:

  • The University can attract the leading members of the veterinary profession to work alongside the staff that you know and trust.
  • Their expertise coupled with the state of the art facilities at Pride Veterinary Centre this will mean that even the most complicated of cases will be treated in our hospital without having to be referred to other centres.
  • Final year veterinary students will gain clinical experience under the supervision of our staff, and University staff to ensure the highest standards of patient care. 
  • Veterinary students are highly motivated and skilled individuals who share our commitment to the care of your animal. They are the future of the veterinary profession.
What are the advantages to our clients?

For years, veterinary students have ‘seen practice’ at Scarsdale Veterinary Group as they have recognized the practice as providing excellence in both teaching and patient care.  By working directly with the University of Nottingham we ensure:

  • Only veterinary students in the final year of training will gain clinical experience at our  practice.
  • There will be the same number of students each week helping with the care of your  animals.
  • Taking students from one University ensures that we know their background—our staff team is even involved in the university selection  interviews.
  • The University has a curriculum that provides training in clinical skills from the outset of the course and all students will complete examinations prior to commencing the final year of their studies.
  • Students will be supervised both by academic staff from The University and our staff.           
Will I be treated differently and can I opt out of student training?

Our priority is to provide the very best in clinical care to your animal irrespective of your decision to involve students. We understand that there may be reasons why clients would prefer not to have students involved in the care of their animal. Just let the reception team know when you book your appointment. 

When students are involved they may, with your consent, meet you and take an initial   consultation, to obtain a full history of your animals condition and then undertake a complete physical examination.  Having completed this examination, they will report their findings to their supervising vet who may have further questions and will repeat the examination to make sure nothing is missed.

During your animals stay students will be involved in the day to day care of your animal and may contact you to update you about your animal’s progress during hospitalisation.  While the student might not be able to answer any questions you might have, she or he will ensure that these questions are answered as soon as possible by another member of the team.

About the School of Veterinary Medicine and Sciences

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science is the newest of the UK veterinary schools and has recently been accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. It aims to make leading contributions to veterinary clinical care, teaching and research. The five year veterinary curriculum combines a clinically-focused programme with integrated research, and brings students into contact with animals and clinical case scenarios from the very beginning of the course.

Research is central to the School, both in terms of being at the forefront of national and international efforts in veterinary medicine, but also as an integral part of the training and education for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

How else can I contribute to veterinary teaching?               

1.  Feedback

As a valued client of this practice you will expect the highest level of professional care from the entire team; this includes from veterinary students.  You are encouraged to provide feedback either formally or informally to the vet supervising them.  If you have a more pressing matter regarding the conduct of one of the students you should contact:

Practice Manager:

Clinical Sub-Dean: 0115 951 6439

2. Teaching Sessions

Certain medical conditions provide excellent opportunities to teaching students in earlier years of the veterinary course to observe. You may be invited to volunteer to have your animal’s medical condition shown in such cases at the Veterinary School at Sutton Bonington. You are under no obligation to take part, but if you do all expenses will be covered by The University.  This is only to view the condition and no treatment will be involved.

3. Case Studies and future research

Advances in veterinary care are achieved by the efforts of clinical staff with an interest in clinical research. If your pet is diagnosed with a condition that is being studied by a member of staff at the university you may be invited to enroll in a clinical trial. Should this occur, your participation would be entirely voluntary and you would be fully briefed about the work, it potential benefits and asked to sign a further consent form.

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