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.



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 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



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.