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 01823 250 700

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.

Contact your nearest YVN organiser for details of meetings.

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.

Facilitator's handbook

Find your nearest YVN organiser

Division Name Contact
Sophie Bagnall 
Eastern Counties  Graham Duncanson 

Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire 
and Oxfordshire 

Peter Moore
Herts & Beds Libby Sheridan 
 KentJack Balkham 
 MidlandsNicky Robinson
North of England (NEVA) NEVA 
North of England (NEVA) Becky Marr
North of Scotland Laurie Ferguson 
North Wales Jill Hubbard
North West Stephanie Walsh
 Northern IrelandFiona McFarland
 South East WalesFenella Johnson
South West of Scotland Matthew Erskine
South West Wales Kate Hovers
West of ScotlandLauren  
Western Counties Thomas Rees 

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

Graduate representation

Current graduate representation

YVN members are currently represented on BVA Council by your recent graduate representatives Jen Marsh and Becky Marr.

They are there to champion the professional concerns of BVA's young vet members. 

Read the 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.

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

The Webinar Vet

Recent graduate members up to three years qualified can get membership to The Webinar Vet for just £30 plus VAT per month.

RVC recorded webinars

BVA Young Vet Network members get 50% off RVC recorded webinars and pay just £15.

Young Vet Network meetings

BVA Young Vet Network meetings are free to attend and count towards your CPD hours. For details of your nearest meeting, contact your local YVN organiser 

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. 

YVN contact

For more information on the YVN scheme email Laura Carleton at or call 020 7908 6366