The British Veterinary Association and Vet Record are today (15 November) launching a new online careers hub which offers future and existing vets and vet nurses comprehensive content and resources to support and inspire them at every step of their careers. It is open access and free of charge, which means that it is available for everyone to use.
My Vet Future, which is launching today at the London Vet Show, provides valuable content for those interested in becoming a vet professional or developing their existing career. This new hub is linked to the existing Vet Record Careers job site where employers can advertise their vacancies and vet professionals can look for new career opportunities.
The new site offers targeted content structured around eight different ‘personas’, which include vets and vet nurses at various points in their careers. Individuals can access content relevant to their specialism and work sector, as well as advice on how to take their career in a new direction.
School students and undergraduates are also well catered for, with information on undertaking extramural studies as well as guidance for those looking to take the first steps towards embarking on a rewarding veterinary career.
My Vet Future features free editorial content and resources from a range of organisations including BVA, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), the Veterinary Schools Council (VSC) and the Association of Veterinary Students (AVS). Existing careers content from Vet Record will also be available.
The site has been developed as part of the Vet Futures project, the joint BVA/RCVS initiative, which set out a vision for the veterinary profession and recommended the creation of a one-stop-shop for careers advice and support to promote diverse career opportunities.
Commenting on the launch of My Vet Future, BVA President Simon Doherty said:
“This valuable resource is the result of superb collaboration, and it’s fantastic to see such an important initiative from the Vet Futures Action Plan coming to fruition. We hope it will support and inspire existing and future vets and vet nurses from school through to retirement. It will be a valuable tool for students, professionals and the wider public to give them a better sense of the variety of roles that veterinary professionals perform throughout society.
“My Vet Future is the only veterinary careers site in the UK that has a dedicated section for school students and, as a STEM ambassador, I think this is a vital tool to engage young people in a meaningful way with the value and reality of veterinary careers.”
Adele Waters, Editor of Vet Record, said:
“Today’s vets and vet nurses want more career options, the opportunity of working in a variety of different fields and in diverse ways. My Vet Future fills a much-needed gap – giving all veterinary professionals, whatever their experience or future aspirations, the opportunity to access the latest information about the range of career options available to them.”
President of the BVNA, Wendy Nevins, said:
“There are always opportunities out there for qualified nurses to develop themselves and broaden their experience. On top of that we are seeing real changes in employment patterns across the sector. This initiative with BVA is a timely response, connecting our members with up to date information and opportunities which can support them throughout their careers. We are pleased to be a part of it.”
David Charles, AVS President, said:
“My Vet Future is going to be a real asset to current and future veterinary students. Having so many resources in one place will allow students to benefit from their time at vet school through to university and beyond, being a resource equally beneficial to them when they qualify.
“I am glad that AVS have been able to provide some content for the student sections of the My Vet Future website to give support and information to current and future veterinary students, particularly around their extramural studies. I can also see how My Vet Future will help veterinary students nearing the end of their training, by allowing them to look ahead at the recently qualified sections and consider the many different routes they can take with their veterinary degree.”