The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) invites applications for Senior Equine Clinical Scholarships and Veterinary Research Training Scholarships for the year beginning 1 October 2012.  


For 50 years the HBLB has invested to maintain a pool of highly skilled equine veterinary researchers and clinicians in Britain.  Former HBLB Scholars have gone on to be expert practitioners, clinical specialists, research leaders and industry figures.  They include leading veterinary surgeons at the Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic, Rossdale & Partners Veterinary Surgeons and Three Counties Equine Hospital, as well as the Chief Executive of the Animal Health Trust, Director of the Weipers Centre for Equine Welfare at the University of Glasgow, Head of Equine Studies at the University of Liverpool and Head of the Large Animal Hospital at the University of Edinburgh.


Applications are open for three types of award in 2012 and must be made by the prospective supervisor within an eligible University institution.   Joint applications with private veterinary practices and/or research institutions are welcomed.


Senior Equine Clinical Scholarships allow veterinary graduates with at least two years' experience to train for a higher qualification, such as a European Diploma, over four years. The qualification must be in an equine field with particular relevance to the Thoroughbred.


Veterinary Research Training Scholarships offer 3-year funding to veterinary graduates who wish to pursue a PhD programme in any scientific or veterinary field relevant to equines and particularly the racing or breeding Thoroughbred.


TBA-Funded Research Scholarships in equine reproduction research provide support for veterinary graduates to study for a PhD in this area.  The award is funded by the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.


Education awards include a tax-free stipend to cover living costs and an expense allowance for research costs and other purposes directly relevant to the scholarship. 


The deadline for submission of applications is midday on Wednesday 16 May 2012.


Applications will be assessed by the HBLB's Veterinary Advisory Committee and the awards will be announced in September.


For full information and to apply, please download an application pack from


For further details please contact the HBLB Equine Grants team at