Online career discussion platform wins ‘inspired by Vet Futures’ competition

An online discussion forum dedicated to sharing ideas, tips and anecdotes about how veterinary surgeons can further develop their careers has won a competition recognising outstanding projects inspired by Vet Futures. The competition, which was launched in July 2018 marks the second anniversary of the Vet Futures Action Plan. In total 13 entries to the […]

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Innovation project celebrates first anniversary

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ landmark innovation project ViVet is celebrating its first anniversary with the publication of a new regular feature highlighting innovators and influencers in the veterinary and animal health sector. ViVet was launched at the Innovation Symposium at the Warwick Business School in The Shard in September 2017, featuring a wide range […]

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Seven-year itch: vets who make the move to non-clinical work do so after seven years

With widespread concern about the recruitment and retention of vets, new figures from the British Veterinary Association reveal a mix of “push” and “pull” factors in vets’ decisions to leave clinical practice. The vast majority of the vets polled who are now in non-clinical roles (92%) had worked in clinical practice in the past and, […]

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More than 500 people register an interest in leadership course

More than 500 people have pre-registered for an online leadership course pilot being run as part of the new RCVS Leadership Initiative. Some 550 people veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, students and practice managers have registered an interest in joining the first cohort of the Edward Jenner Veterinary Leadership Programme, a massive open online course (or […]

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RCVS launch leadership initiative at BSAVA Congress

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons officially launched its new Leadership Initiative on Thursday 5 April, the first day of BSAVA Congress in Birmingham. The initiative was introduced by RCVS Vice-Presidents Amanda Boag and Chris Tufnell, and RCVS Director of Leadership and Innovation, Anthony Roberts, at a session titled ‘New initiatives to support veterinary leadership […]

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Innovation Symposium reports and videos now available

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has recently updated its bespoke ViVet website with written reports and videos from the programme’s recent Innovation Symposium where the initiative was launched. The ViVet programme grew out of the recommendations of the Vet Futures research and is designed to ensure veterinary professionals are engaged with innovation and technological […]

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Training day for new Vet Futures student ambassadors

The Association of Veterinary Students (AVS) held the first training day for its new Vet Futures Student Ambassadors last Thursday. The day was hosted by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the British Veterinary Association (BVA), and supported by the Veterinary Schools Council. A recurring theme throughout the Vet Futures project has been […]

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Ambitious programme to encourage veterinary innovation launched

At the inaugural Innovation Symposium held in London today (Wednesday 20 September 2017), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons launched ViVet, an ambitious and wide-ranging programme designed to ensure veterinary professionals are at the forefront of innovation in the animal health sector. ViVet was inspired by Vet Futures, the research initiative run jointly by the […]

College calls for certainty around the rights of EU nationals working in the UK

The RCVS has called upon the Prime Minister to prioritise giving greater certainty to EU nationals working in the UK in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. This follows the publication of our report looking at the impact of last year’s referendum vote on European veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses. The findings show that the lingering uncertainty […]

Study pressures students’ biggest worry

Findings from this year’s British Veterinary Association (BVA)/Association of Veterinary Students (AVS) Survey 2016 (1.37MB PDF) indicate that the just under two-thirds (63%) of veterinary students are currently suffering or have suffered from stress whilst at university. In the BVA/AVS Survey 2012, sponsored by Vets4Pets, also revealed that over a quarter (27%) of veterinary students […]

Outgoing BVA President emphasises strength of profession in changing times

The veterinary profession’s combined focus on animal welfare and outward looking perspective is enabling successes far beyond the sum of its parts, outgoing British Veterinary Association (BVA) President Sean Wensley said in his final speech in Bristol today (22 September). Speaking at BVA’s annual Members’ Day, Mr Wensley outlined the roles vets and vet nurses […]

BVA urges UK governments to protect the status of vets and VNs in Brexit negotiations

Almost half of veterinary surgeons registering in the UK qualified from veterinary schools elsewhere in the EU. Following the EU referendum (23 June), the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging UK governments to protect the status of EU veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses who are currently living and working in the UK. Almost half of […]

Statement on the outcome of the EU Referendum

Following a referendum, the majority of the UK has voted to leave the EU. President of the British Veterinary Association Sean Wensley said: “The UK’s decision to leave the European Union will have a significant impact on matters of interest to the veterinary profession, particularly in relation to regulation, education, and workforce planning, but also […]

BVA President welcomes new training hub for Wales’ future vets at annual Welsh Dinner

The new Aberystwyth/Royal Veterinary College training hub will help prepare “Wales’ vets of tomorrow” with the right training, skills and knowledge for their varied roles and responsibilities – the impact of which extends well beyond animal health and welfare – said the British Veterinary Association (BVA) President Sean Wensley in his speech at BVA’s annual […]

VN Futures project launched

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) have launched VN Futures, a companion project to Vet Futures, which aims to draw up a blueprint for the future of the veterinary nursing profession. One of the recommendations of the Vet Futures report (Taking charge of our future: a vision […]

BVA launches strategy to help vets speak up for animal welfare

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has launched its landmark animal welfare strategy at its annual London Dinner (3 February) highlighting the veterinary profession’s unique opportunity – and responsibility – to advocate animals’ best interests at individual, community and political levels. Just over 50 years since The Brambell Report (1965), ten years on from the Animal […]

BVA and BVNA response to Defra statement about campaign to protect the title Veterinary Nurse

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) have been actively supporting the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) campaign to protect the title Veterinary Nurse. An online petition, launched by the RCVS, in support of legislative changes has currently received almost 22,000 signatures and has this week received an official response […]

New Vet Futures Action Group seeks members

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) are inviting applications from members of the veterinary professions for the new Vet Futures Action Group, set up to drive forward the ambitions identified in the Vet Futures report launched at BVA Congress at the London Vet Show on 20 November.