BSAVA small animal pre-clinical EMS resources

This resource is intended for veterinary students in the UK and Ireland.  The BSAVA resources provided are available free to BSAVA veterinary student members in the UK and Ireland until the end of September 2021.  Membership is free, if you are not already a member click here to sign up and gain access to these resources as well as a host of other benefits.


This collection of articles, chapters and links has been assembled by BSAVA to provide veterinary students with some of the information and understanding that would usually be gained during a face-to-face EMS experience. An online quiz is included which provides a certificate of completion at the end for those who pass.

The collection covers a wide range of topics but it is not exhaustive. Please contact us with suggestions for further resources.

We hope that this collection is useful to you during the COVID-19 crisis and that you enjoy being a BSAVA student member. Student membership includes access to the BSAVA Small Animal Formulary (Canine and Feline and Exotic Pets) and the BSAVA Guide to Procedures in Small Animal Practice (these are vital for seeing clinical EMS) as well as the BSAVA Guide to the Use of Veterinary Medicines (which is important for pharmacology and legal purposes). All these resources are also included in the BSAVA app which is available as part of your membership.

Before you start

Firstly you should complete this questionnaire which helps you to identify areas of strength and relative weakness before you start. This questionnaire is for your benefit and it is worth reflecting on your answers.

Secondly, you should design a plan for the week to focus on the areas where you have identified yourself as being relatively weak. It is recommended that you identify not more than six resources that you wish to focus on (many of you will only need to do four or five).  Quicklinks to the resources are available via the banner on the right side of each page.

Undertaking the work

Spend about an hour or so reading each resource you have identified and then another 60-90 minutes completing one or more of the suggested reflective tasks. Spend a further 30 minutes the following day reviewing the material you have created. On the third day spend 15 minutes reflecting on the task by answering the following questions

(A) What did I learn? (list of 3 to 5 facts)

(B) How did I learn it? (reflect on the process of learning)

(C) How could I have learnt it better? (e.g. different technique, more sources)

(D) What will I do better next time?

Accessing the BSAVA resources

The BSAVA information sources that are provided as part of the preclinical EMS pages are accessible to BSAVA veterinary student members in the UK and Ireland.  Students need to be logged in to access these resources. If you are a veterinary student in the UK and Ireland and are not currently a BSAVA member, visit our membership page to sign up.  Membership is free and provides access to many resources and benefits.

Undertaking the assessment

Once you have completed the reading and work in the resources that you have identified as being relatively weak then go to the Assessment page to complete the final quiz. The quiz asks a range of questions covering all the areas of the collection. The questions are presented in a random order and the answers within each MCQ are also presented in a random order.

If you score more than 65% on the quiz then you are awarded a Pass certificate

If you score more than 85% on the quiz then you are awarded an Outstanding Pass certificate

If you do not pass then you are advised to review the answers and then go back to the collection and undertake (or repeat) the work in the appropriate resource. There are no limits to the number of times you can take the test.


In order to make this resource as useful as possible, we would be very grateful if you could complete our Feedback Survey once you have finished the assessment.


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