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Louise O'Dwyer Scholarship opens for 2022
"Louise O'Dwyer was a friend of Improve International and we were honoured to have her share her expertise and talents" - Dr Charlotte French.

Scholarship provides training opportunity in emergency and critical care.

Veterinary training company Improve International has opened the Louise O'Dwyer Scholarship for applications for the third year running.

Louise O'Dwyer, a highly awarded and beloved veterinary nurse with a passion for emergency and critical care, died in 2019. She invested a lot of time into teaching other veterinary nurses, speaking at nursing courses and congresses around the world. 

Louise lectured on Improve International's Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) training programme, and in a bid to secure Louise's legacy and acknowledge how much she contributed to the profession, the CPD provider set up a scholarship in her name. 

With permission from her family, the Louise O'Dwyer Scholarship was set up in 2020. The scholarship awards one veterinary nurse with a place on Improve International's EEC training programme.

The successful candidate will be awarded with a Nurse Certificate (NCert) in Emergency and Critical Care at the end of the course, by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

Open for applications from 19 May 2022 – 4 July 2022, the scholarship will allow the successful candidate to study either face-to-face, or on Improve International's interactive online platform. 

Head of Curriculum and Quality at Improve International, Dr Charlotte French, said: “Louise O’Dwyer was a friend of Improve International and we were honoured to have her share her expertise and talents with so many veterinary nurses eager to learn more about ECC. 

“This scholarship in her name is our way of thanking her for all that she contributed to the veterinary community and to keep her memory alive by giving someone the wonderful opportunity to gain an achievable postgraduate qualification in an area she was passionate about.”

Interested parties can visit to find out more, and to submit their application. 


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