Veterinary Science (BVSc) Bursaries 2023

RVC means-tested Bursary

These are administered by the Royal Veterinary College. Please refer to Royal Veterinary College means-tested Bursary.

Vet Start Bursaries - £500

If you attended secondary school or college in Wales, you can request your Head of Sixth Form to nominate you for a Vet Start Bursary worth £500 during your first year of study.  We have 4 of these bursaries available, with 2 being reserved for first language Welsh speakers.

In order to be considered, your school/college must submit a nomination outlining your suitability for an award by 31 July 2023.  Submissions should be made on our online application form.

Welsh Medium Study Bursaries - £400 a year

Students who register on modules including at least 5 credits through the medium of Welsh, and who submit designated assignments in Welsh, will receive £400 for each year they do so.

There is no need to apply for this bursary - it will be awarded automatically to eligible students.

Bilingual EMS Bursary - £500 over 2 years

This bursary is available to students who undertake at least 6 weeks of their 12-week Animal Husbandry Extra-Mural Studies (AHEMS) experience in a Welsh or bilingual Welsh/English environment. Placement hosts will certify the Welsh-medium aspects and students will be able to submit a claim for payment once the six weeks are certified and completed.

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Defi Fet Scholarship - £500 a year

This scholarship is available to high-performing students who undertake their studies through the medium of Welsh over the five years of their degree.  They will receive £500 a year and mentoring from an experienced mentor in the field in Wales. Applicants must apply before they commence at Aberystwyth University.  While at Aberystwyth University, scholarship holders must study at least 40 credits a year through the medium of Welsh.  They are also expected to participate in Welsh medium (WM) activities, assist in teaching Welsh to fellow students, write assessments in Welsh and complete more than 50% of their Animal husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) at WM farms.  While at RVC,  scholarship holders must undertake more than 50% of their Clinical Extra Mural Studies (EMS) in Wales in a Welsh or Welsh/English bilingual environment.  Placement hosts will certify the Welsh medium aspects.  One scholarship is available annually.  The scholarship is awarded on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Excellent school / university grades
  • Motivation to study through the medium of Welsh assessed via a written piece of 500 words on a set subject
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Holding Aberystwyth University as first choice, including proof of this

This scholarship is now closed for 2023 entry.

Achievement Bursaries - £500

There will be 4 bursaries for students who can demonstrate they are not only able to achieve academically, but who also excelled at leadership and/or service before they attended university. The online application form will need to be submitted online before 30 September 2023. Successful students will be notified during the first three months of the new semester.

Vision Bursaries - £500

There will be 4 bursaries for students who complete an assignment at the start of their second year addressing a key issue facing the veterinary profession in Wales. Details will be provided to students in May 2024 and the award will be made in December 2024.

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Worshipful Livery Company of Wales Award - £250

The award of £250 is available to 2nd year Undergraduate students in Veterinary Science who can demonstrate a strong connection to Wales.

The award seeks to recognise individual achievements and to assist the successful applicant in undertaking a specific study or project associated with their studies, such as a study trip or assignment. Costs can cover any necessary travel costs or equipment in connection with the project/study. Cost of living and standard course fees are not eligible.

How can I apply?

  • Applications should be made through the Online Application Form by 6 April 2025. Applicants will also be asked to attend a short interview on campus in April / May 2025 (date to be confirmed).
  • Terms & Conditions

More information about the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales can be found on their website :

Students are encouraged to apply for as many bursaries as they wish but the university reserves the right to prioritise applications from students who have not already received one of the Vet School awards.

Students enrolled on the Veterinary Science course also have access to the full range of services offered by our Student Support & Careers Services, including the Hardship Fund.