Monday 22nd April 2013

HBLB invites applications for 2013 education awards

The Horserace Betting Levy Board invites applications for its 2013 education awards. Two scholarships are offered:

Veterinary Research Training Scholarships fund veterinary graduates who wish to pursue a PhD programme in any scientific or veterinary field relevant to the racing or breeding Thoroughbred. The programme is for 3 years.

Senior Equine Clinical Scholarships fund veterinary graduates with at least 2 years’ experience to train for a higher qualification, such as a European Diploma, in an equine field with particular relevance to the Thoroughbred. The programme is for 4 years.

Applications for both types of award must be made by the prospective supervisor within an eligible institution, such as a university or research institute. Awards include a tax-free stipend to the scholar and an expense allowance for purposes directly relevant to the scholarship.

Professor Peter O’Shaughnessy, Chair of the Education Sub Committee, commented “The HBLB’s consistent investment in training equine researchers and specialist clinicians over the long term has resulted in some of the most talented individuals being retained in the equine sector and this has been fundamental in maintaining the infrastructure to support the Thoroughbred horse. There is enormous competition for these education awards and as a result the standard of training that is delivered is outstanding.”

The deadline for submission of applications is 2pm on Wednesday 3 July 2013. Recommendations for funding will be considered by the HBLB’s Veterinary Advisory Committee, with the awards to be announced in December.

For full information and to download an application pack, go to our Scholarship pages.

Notes for editors:

The Levy Board is a statutory body operating in accordance with the provisions of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 (as amended). Its purpose is to assess and collect monetary contributions from bookmakers via a levy, which it distributes for the improvement of horseracing and breeds of horses, and for the advancement of veterinary science and education.

HBLB is currently supporting 8 3-year research scholarships and 3 4-year clinical scholarships, investing to maintain a pool of highly skilled equine veterinary researchers and clinicians in the UK. The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association is also supporting a 3-year research scholarship.

The Levy Board commemorated its 50th anniversary of funding veterinary science research. The outcomes are published in peer reviewed scientific journals and lay summaries are available at