TVS JCU Student Grants Program

Tableland Veterinary Service has a longstanding relationship with James Cook University’s veterinary science program. TVS played a key role in the development of the cattle teaching program when the first cohort of final year students undertook clinical rotations in 2010. A number of TVS veterinarians have been an important part of the JCU teaching faculty, and to this day our Malanda clinic and JCU Malanda Campus are a highlight of the final year rotation program.

Over the years, many graduating students from James Cook University have commenced their careers with TVS, and gone on to have long a fruitful veterinary careers.

TVS is proud to extend our relationship with James Cook University through the Tableland Veterinary Service Grants Program.


This grant is to assist veterinary students entering the fourth year of the Veterinary Science degree to complete 3 weeks of mixed practice elective placement with Tableland Veterinary Service. It is intended to be used for travel and accommodation expenses associated with undertaking elective placement at Tableland Veterinary Service.

It is available to successful students for the end of Year 3 summer placements where students who have completed all their farm placements, and passed all their year 3 course requirements can commence their Clinical Placement requirements for Year 4.

This grant is subject to the provisions of James Cook University’s Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy.

Value and payment of the grant

The value of the grant shall be up to $1,000 paid in one instalment.

Eligibility Criteria

The Tableland Veterinary Service Grants Program is open for you to apply if you:

  • Are enrolled full time in the Veterinary Science degree at James Cook University.
  • Expect to complete the third year of the Veterinary Science degree at the time of applying for the grant.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Criteria are:

  1. Academic achievement;
  2. Alignment with the core values of Tableland Veterinary Service;
  3. Understanding of life in rural and regional Australia.

Application Procedures

Applications must be submitted on the official application form no later than the date set by the Selection Committee for the year in which the award is to be made.

Applicants must submit with the official form, where appropriate:

  • A copy of your academic record; and
  • A written statement of no more than 500 words outlining:
  1. What inspired you to enter veterinary science? (weighting 20%)
  2. What do you think rural and regional clients expect from their veterinary clinic? (weighting 20%)
  3. What are you most excited about experiencing or achieving in your first two years in practice? (weighting 20%)
  4. Which of the Tableland Veterinary Service core values do you most identify with? Why? (weighting 40%)
  5. When you would be available to undertake placement with Tableland Veterinary Service?
  • Curriculum Vitae

Applications submitted without the relevant documentation will not be considered.

The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to make such enquiries as to the applicant’s good character and suitability to receive the scholarship, which includes authorisation for the Selection Committee to examine the applicant’s academic record, and seek opinions from relevant members of the academic staff of this University or any other academic institution.

Selection Process

The award of the scholarship will be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee.

The Selection committee will be responsible for shortlisting and/or interviewing of candidates.

The Selection Committee will determine all matters relating to the selection of the grant awardee.

Conditions of the Grant

  • Three weeks elective placement must be undertaken at a combination of Tableland Veterinary Service clinics.
  • Recipients will be required to submit a written report after participation in their proposed activity.  Reports submitted to Scholarships Office and then to Selection Committee Chair.
  • If the holder of the award defers their study or takes an official leave of absence before the proposed activity, they may be required to return their grant. A statement of reasons can be submitted to the Selection Panel Chair for assessment.
  • If the proposed activity does not proceed the recipient may be required to return all monies (less non-refundable amounts). A statement of reasons can be submitted to the Selection Panel Chair for assessment.
  • A student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with the provisions of the Student Appeals Policy.

Administration of the Grant

The grant shall be administered by the scholarships office, on behalf of the Selection Committee.

The funds of the grant shall be held in an account in the name of the University and shall be administered by the officer of the University charged with administering the grant.

Where an award provides some benefit to the recipient from a body external to the University, or an obligation upon a body external to the University, the University, its servants and agents, shall not be liable for that benefit or obligation.

To apply

For more information or to apply for the Tableland Veterinary Service Grants Program, please visit the JCU Scholarships page.

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