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 for young members. Membership of the YVN is automatic for BVA members in their final year of vet school and in the first 8 years after graduation. It is free as part of your BVA membership.

Benefits of being part of the YVN

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 if you suffer a serious injury following an accident. See the graduate personal accident insurance full policy (294 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 are run by regional volunteers. They 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 one will count towards your CPD hours. They are open to all YVN members, as well as young vets who aren't members.

Upcoming YVN meetings

To find out what's happening in your area contact your regional volunteer:

Region Volunteer Contact
Bristol Sarah Long 
Sophie Bagnall 
Eastern Counties  Kathy Gardiner
Glasgow Lauren Guthrie 
Glos, Worcs, Warks and Oxon Peter Moore
Herefordshire and Powys 
Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Libby Sheridan 
Jersey Bryn Kirk 
Kent Jack Balkham 
London William Chandler 
Midlands Nick Jackson                   
North East Becky Marr
North Scotland Laurie Ferguson 
North Wales Mary Hancock
North West Stephanie Walsh
Northern Ireland Fiona McFarland
South East Wales Fenella Johnson
South West Wales Kate Hovers
Sussex Martin Hawes 
Western Counties Thomas Rees 

Set up a YVN regional group

If the nearest YVN group is too far away, why not start your own? We have produced a Facilitator's handbook (3,571 KB PDF) which offers guidance on how to organise a meeting with advice on structure, publicity, discussion topics and sponsorship.

Contact Laura Carleton for more information on 020 7908 6366 or email

Graduate representation

YVN members are currently represented on BVA Council by our recent graduate representatives Becky Marr and Nicky Mansell. If you are a young vet and would like your views shared at Council please do get in touch with Becky or Nicky.

Becky Marr

Becky graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 2012 and since qualifying has worked in small animal practice in the North East of England. Becky joined BVA council in 2015 and has a particular interest in new/recent graduate wellbeing. Becky is involved in the running of the North East YVN group and is also a council member of her territorial division NEVA. Outside of work Becky enjoys mountaineering, particularly in the Lake District and Scotland, usually with her loyal Labrador Storm in tow! Becky is always keen to hear the thoughts or concerns of any recently qualified vet so please feel free to contact by email or the YVN discussion forum on the BVA community

Becky can be contacted at

Latest blog posts from Becky:

Nicky Mansell

Nicky graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012 and spent two years working in mixed practice in the Peak District, before returning to mixed practice in Leicestershire. Raised on a sheep and beef farm, she enjoys the variety of mixed work. In her spare time she enjoys swimming and walking her Border Terrier Norris.

Nicky can be contacted at

Latest blog posts from Nicky:

Free professional guidance

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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

BVA webinars

In 2016 we are running a series of webinars specifically for recent graduates. These include:

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. 

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 about YVN contact Laura Carleton at or call 020 7908 6366.