Young Vet Network
Our Young Vet Network provides additional support and guidance for members in their final year of study and first 8 years after graduation
What is the Young Vet Network?
BVA recognises that the transition from vet school to professional life can be challenging. So we set up the Young Vet Network (YVN) to provide additional support and services to BVA members in their final year and first 8 years after graduation.
Membership of the YVN is automatic for BVA members in their final year of vet school and in the first 8 years after graduating. It is free as part of your BVA membership.
Benefits of being part of the YVN
- Free personal accident insurance
- Face to face meetings in your region
- Graduate representation
- Free professional guidance
- Free BVA new graduate guide
- Free and discounted CPD
- YVN discussion forum
Graduate personal accident insurance
YVN members receive free personal accident insurance as soon as their membership starts.
Cover applies 24 hours a day and not just while you’re working. The benefits are designed to provide you with the financial resources to help you cope with suffering a serious injury following an accident.
See the graduate personal accident insurance full policy (378 KB PDF) for precise details of what's covered. Please note, it does not protect your income or provide cover in the event of death.
There's also an option to extend your cover to include income protection in the event that you are ill or injured. All members who take out income protection through Lloyd & Whyte receive a 50% discount off their next BVA membership renewal.
Contact BVA's insurance provider Lloyd & Whyte on
0845 070 0115
Face to face meetings in your region
YVN meetings provide an opportunity to meet your peers, discuss the pressures and the pleasures of the job, and enjoy social events together.
Just turning up to a YVN meeting will count towards your CPD hours.
The meetings are open to all graduates up to 8 years qualified. You do not have to be a member of BVA or your local division to take part.
Find your nearest YVN meeting
If the nearest YVN meeting is too far away then why not start your own? We have produced a facilitator's handbook which offers guidance on how to organise a meeting with advice on structure, publicity, discussion topics and sponsorship.
Find your nearest YVN organiser
Set up a YVN meeting
Would you like to set up or run YVN meetings locally? Call Helen Dingle at BVA on
020 7908 6336 or email
Recent graduate vacancies
We are currently looking for a motivated recent graduate member to take the lead on ensuring that the views of recent graduates are heard at BVA Council. If you wish to contribute to your Association and the veterinary profession by taking on this exciting role, download the role description and application form, or contact email@example.com for more information. Closing date is 4pm 27 February 2015
Recent graduate Branch vacancies
We are currently looking for recent graduate representatives for Scottish Branch Council and Welsh Branch Council.
If you think you could take the lead on ensuring that the views of recent graduates in Scotland are heard at BVA Scottish Branch Council meetings download the role description and application form or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Closing date is 4pm 27 February 2015
If you think you could take the lead on ensuring that the views of recent graduates in Wales are heard at BVA Welsh Branch Council meetings download the role description and application form or contact email@example.com for more information. Closing date is 4pm 27 February 2015
Current graduate representation
YVN members are currently represented on BVA Council by your recent graduate representatives Jen Marsh and Laura Parish.
They are there to champion the professional concerns of BVA's young vet members.
Read Jen and Laura's latest blogs about their working lives
Free professional guidance
You can access a range of employment resources in our
workplace guidance section.
Professional Development Phase
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) expects all new graduates to continue learning throughout their career. The Professional Development Phase (PDP) is the self-assessment system designed to help new graduates to develop their professional and clinical skills to the standard expected after about a year in clinical practice. The RCVS has detailed information including how to set up your PDP record.
BVA guide to PDP for new graduates
RCVS information, guidance and example PDP notes
Free BVA new graduate guide
YVN members receive our free 120-page BVA new graduate guide, which includes career advice, applying for jobs, tips from recent graduates on what they wish they’d known when starting out and much more.
Free and discounted CPD
Recent graduate members up to three years qualified can get membership to The Webinar Vet for just £30 plus VAT per month.
Find out more
BVA Young Vet Network members get 50% off RVC recorded webinars and pay just £15
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BVA Young Vet Network meetings are free to attend and count towards your CPD hours.
Find your nearest meeting
YVN discussion forum
The YVN forum on the
BVA community is the ideal place to get in touch with other recent graduate members to share experiences and voice any concerns you may have.
The forum is only accessible to other YVN members and features anonymous posting to enable sensitive issues to be discussed without fear of the original poster being identified.
For more information on the YVN scheme contact Zoe Davies via firstname.lastname@example.org or call
020 7908 6362