BVNA launches a Life-Long Learner Bursary in memory of Louise O’Dwyer

A new ‘Life-Long Bursary’ has been announced in reflection of Louise’s passion for education and ongoing learning to seek continuous enhancement of veterinary nursing practice.

The BVNA will contribute by providing 50% of a course fee, up to the value of £2,000. For example, a total course fee of £3,500 would attract a bursary of £1,750.  One bursary fund will be available each year.

Eligibility for the bursary will be assessed via:

  1. A proposal in the form of a 1000-word reflective report (referring to the criteria below).
  2. Candidates will be shortlisted by the Head of Learning & Development and Education Manager, to a maximum of six to be presented to the Learning & Development committee.
  3. The bursary winner will be selected by members of the Learning & Development committee, and will be invited to BVNA Congress to receive their prize.
  4. The bursary winner will also be required to write a further reflective report following the completion of their course of study, to evaluate the experience and the impact on their clinical and professional practice. This report will be published as an article within the VNJ.

Candidates will need to demonstrate evidence of:

  • Effective self-reflection and subsequent identification of relevant skills/knowledge gaps which has driven choice of relevant CPD since initial qualification
  • How learned skills/knowledge from the proposed CPD course will be implemented within clinical practice

The proposed course of study will:

  • Represent an opportunity to enhance VN career progression, and impact clinical and/or professional practice
  • Be accredited by a recognised awarding body/organisation

The closing date for applications is 31 May 2020.


Did you know that BVNA also has other bursaries available?

  • BVNA Educational Bursary £500

  • Kennel Club Charitable Trust Bursary fund £3,000

  • Kennel Club Charitable Trust Degree Bursary £3,000

For more information and application forms for all our bursaries, please visit

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