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MSD Animal Health Research Bursary for Student & Qualified Veterinary Nurses

MSD Animal Health launched its first Veterinary Nurse Research Bursary, supported by the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) in October 2018, adding to its existing veterinary surgeon and student schemes.  One £1,000 bursary has been made available to the student or qualified veterinary nurse in the UK with the best research project application.  It offers an opportunity to win additional prizes of up to £1,000 for the best research project presentations at the MSD Animal Health Research Bursary Awards Day. The best application will also be encouraged and supported financially to present their research at the annual BVNA Congress.

Applications for the 2022 Veterinary Nurse Research Bursary will open in March 2022. For any specific questions please contact us at

Jo Oakden, BVNA President commented:

“The research bursary is such a great opportunity for a veterinary nurse to have access to funds, enabling them to fully complete their research. Research is a significant part of our profession and we are really excited, as the BVNA, to be able to support this bursary award. We want to encourage RVNs and SVNs to apply, and your practice or your college can give you support in your application. Let's show what Veterinary Nurses are capable of!" 

The judging criteria for the research project applications are:
•    Quality and clarity of the research project application
•    The realistic aspirations of the proposed research project
•    The project’s potential value in terms of clinical relevance, and its societal/welfare impact
•    The originality of the research project

Emily Gorman, awarded the 2020 Vet Nurse Research Bursary
Emily Gorman, awarded the 2020 Vet Nurse Research Bursary

Emily Gorman, Senior ICU Veterinary Nurse at the Hospital for Small Animals - Royal (Dick) School for Veterinary Studies, was awarded the MSD Animal Health Veterinary Nurse Research Bursary in 2020.  Emily’s award of £1,000 has been made for her research evaluating different methods of peripheral intravenous cannula fixation.

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