The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) is offering bursaries worth up to £3,000 to students at each of the country’s veterinary schools, enabling them to visit the one of the charity’s projects in the UK or abroad.

The ILPH is launching the Equine Veterinary Undergraduate Bursary scheme to encourage the advancement of veterinary education and equine welfare and to familiarise final-year vet students with the work of the charity.

Initially, one bursary will be available to each of the UK veterinary schools at the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool and London, as well as at University College, Dublin.

The new school at the University of Nottingham will be included later when it has clinical students.

ILPH scientific adviser Dr Andrew Higgins explained: “This is an exciting opportunity to help students to learn more about horse welfare at the coal face.

“We particularly hope to be able to place successful applicants in some of our projects overseas, such as in Mexico, Romania or South Africa”.

Application forms are available from Dr Higgins and must be supported by a university. The annual deadline for submission of applications will be 31 January 2008.