How have you been inspired by Vet Futures?

About the competition

To mark two years since the launch of the Vet Futures Action Plan, we are launching a competition to find the best project or initiative that has been inspired by Vet Futures.

The prize for the best entry includes a platform to showcase the idea during BVA Congress at the London Vet Show (LVS) in November, as well as two tickets to LVS (including accommodation and travel) and support from BVA and RCVS to promote the project to the wider profession.

The Vet Futures Project Board (comprising the RCVS, BVA and the Veterinary Schools Council) wants to hear from individuals or organisations who are taking forward initiatives that will help to meet one or more of the six Vet Futures ambitions to enable the profession to take charge of its own future. They are:

  1. A leading force for animal health and welfare
  2. Valued for our wider roles in society
  3. Confident, resilient, healthy and well-supported
  4. A broad range of diverse and rewarding career paths
  5. Thriving, innovative, user-focused businesses
  6. Exceptional leadership

Entrants must set out their project in 500 words or fewer explaining which of the Vet Futures ambitions it aims to meet, how the idea will be or has been implemented, and how success is being, or has been, measured.

Rules

Entries are invited from individuals or organisations setting out an initiative or project that has been inspired by Vet Futures to help meet one or more of the Vet Futures ambitions.

Submissions should set out:

  • What the project/initiative is
  • Which of the Vet Futures ambitions it aims to meet – one or more
  • Details around implementation – who, what, how, when etc?
  • What success would, or does, look like

Entries:

  • should contain no more than 500 words, including any appendices, references and notes
  • can include relevant images/videos
  • should be the original work of the submitter
  • should be submitted as a Word document or PDF
  • should include a front page (not included in word count) which states the name, role within the veterinary team (vet, VN etc) and contact details (email, phone) of the submitter, and the title of the project
  • should be sent by email to info@vetfutures.org.uk by midnight on Sunday 23 September 2018

Anyone within the veterinary sector is welcome to submit an entry, although only one entry may be submitted per person or organisation.

Judging panel

The judging panel will comprise members of the Vet Futures Project Board:

  • Amanda Boag, RCVS President (from July 2018)
  • David Calpin, BVA CEO
  • Simon Doherty, BVA President (from Sept 2018)
  • Lizzie Lockett, RCVS CEO
  • Stuart Reid, Vet Schools Council rep; RVC Principal

Judging criteria

Entries will be scored on a range of criteria, including:

  • Presentation
  • Originality
  • Potential to meet the Vet Futures ambition(s)
  • Likelihood of engaging members of the profession
  • Realistic prospects of success

Timetable

The closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday 23 September 2018. The winner will be notified the week commencing 8 October 2018. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.

The winner will be invited to attend BVA Congress at the London Vet Show to present their winning idea at 3.20-3.40pm on Thursday 15 November 2018.

The prize

The prize comprises two tickets to the London Vet Show (15-16 November, ExCeL Centre, London), accommodation on the nights of 14 and 15 November and reasonable travel expenses within the UK, and an opportunity to present the winning idea during BVA Congress. The winning project will also be granted use of the “Inspired by Vet Futures” logo for use on marketing material and websites associated with the project.

In addition, the winner will receive support from BVA and RCVS to promote the project, including a news release to the veterinary press and a blog post on the Vet Futures website.

The winning entry

By submitting an entry, all entrants agree that the Vet Futures Project (comprising BVA, the RCVS and Veterinary Schools Council) may publish details of the full or edited submissions across its combined print and digital media channels, in order to promote the competition, the Vet Futures initiative and the entries themselves.

The winning entrant, and any runners up as required, agree to take part in publicity surrounding the competition, including photographs at London Vet Show 2018.

Previous competitions

Veterinary Vision essay competition

This competition is now closed.

We are offering the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the London Vet Show (Olympia, 19-20 November) to the lucky winner of our ‘Veterinary Vision’ essay competition.

lv15_logo_lgThe winning entry will also be included in a time capsule, to be opened by the veterinary profession in 2030.

Entrants – who could be vets, VNs, practice managers, students, in fact anyone with a veterinary interest – are being asked to pen an essay in no more than 1,000 words which outlines ‘An idea that will transform the veterinary/veterinary nursing profession by 2030’.

The topic might look at a new business model, a new approach to education, a technological innovation or perhaps a way that the working lives of those in the practice team could be improved – the approach is totally up to the author.

The entries will be judged by the Vet Futures Project Board – see rules below.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Wednesday 30 September 2015, and the winner will be notified the week commencing 5 October 2015.

Rules

Entries, on the subject ‘An idea that will transform the veterinary/veterinary nursing profession by 2030’:

• Should contain no more than 1,000 words, including any appendices, references and notes
• Can include relevant images
• Ought to be the original work of the submitter in their entirety
• Ought not to have been published in full or in part elsewhere
• Should be submitted as a word document or PDF
• Should include a front page (not included in word count) which states the name, role within the veterinary team (vet, VN etc) and contact details (email, phone) of the submitter, and the title and word count of the essay
• Should be sent by email to info@vetfutures.org.uk by midnight on Wednesday 30 September 2015

Anyone is welcome to submit an entry, although only one entry may be submitted per person.

Judging panel

The judging panel will comprise members of the Vet Futures Project Board and the Editor of the Veterinary Record, as follows:

• Martin Alder, Editor, Veterinary Record
• John Blackwell, BVA President
• Sally Burnell, BVA Director of Strategy, Policy and Media
• David Calpin, BVA CEO
• Robin Hargreaves, BVA Vice-President
• Lizzie Lockett, RCVS Director of Communications
• Professor Stuart Reid, RCVS Vice-President
• Nick Stace, RCVS CEO
• Sean Wensley, BVA Vice-President
• Sally Williams, Vet Futures Project Manager
• Bradley Viner, RCVS President

Judging criteria

Entries will be anonymised by removal of the cover sheet, then scored on a range of criteria, including:

• Presentation
• Originality
• Potential positive impact on the future of the veterinary/veterinary nursing profession
• Potential positive impact on animal health and welfare
• Realistic prospects of the transformation taking place

Timetable

The winner will be notified the week commencing 5 October 2015. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.

The prize

The prize comprises entry to both days of the London Vet Show (19-20 November, Olympia), accommodation on the nights of 18 and 19 November, and reasonable travel expenses within the UK.

The winning entry will also be included in a time capsule, to be opened by the veterinary profession in 2030.

The winning entry

The winner retains the copyright to their entry, but grants the Vet Futures Project (comprising BVA and RCVS) a perpetual royalty-free licence to publish, broadcast and post the entry online and on any other platform. By submitting the entry, the entrant agrees that the BVA and the RCVS may, at their sole discretion, edit, adapt, abridge or translate the entry for the purposes listed above.

The winner also agrees to take part in publicity surrounding the competition, including photographs at the London Vet Show.

19.08.15 Note the deadline for competition entries has been extended from the original deadline of 31 August 2015.