Young Vet Network (YVN)

BVA and the Veterinary Defence Society (the VDS) support YVN groups around the UK. The groups are run independently by volunteers and provide young vets with the opportunity to meet up, discuss the pressures and the pleasures of the job, and enjoy social and CPD events together. Most events are free to attend, although for some you may have to pay a small fee to cover the cost of refreshments. Just turning up will count towards your CPD. 


Date Event Location
24 Jul North West YVN - Workforce Challenges - what do we know? Kendal 
2 Sep  VDS Graduate Reunion - RVC Hatfield 
4 Sep East of Scotland YVN - Bleeding/Clotting Disorders Livingston 
9 Sep  VDS Graduate Reunion - Glasgow  Glasgow 
7 Oct  VDS Graduate Reunion - Nottingham  Kegworth 
15 Oct East of Scotland YVN - A walk from South Queensferry South Queensferry 
28 Oct VDS Graduate Reunion - Liverpool  Leahurst
4 Nov VDS Graduate Reunion - Cambridge  Cambridge 
11 Nov VDS Graduate Reunion - Dublin  Dublin 
25 Nov  VDS Graduate Reunion - Bristol  Bristol 
2 Dec  VDS Graduate Reunion - Edinburgh  Edinburgh 

To find out what's happening in your area contact your local YVN group. If there isn't a group in your area and you'd like to start one, contact Laura Carleton for more information on  020 7908 6366 or email

YVN groups

Channel Islands

Jersey Bryn Kirk

East of England

Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Libby Sheridan

East Midlands

Lincolnshire  Alexander Bowman 
Midlands Nick Jackson 


London William Chandler
Thames Valley  Leo Packham 

North East

North East Becky Richardson

North West

North West Stephanie Walsh

South East

Glos, Worcs, Warks and Oxon Peter Moore
Hampshire & IOW  Sheena Forsberg
Kent Jack Balkham
Martin Hawes
Thames Valley  Leo Packham

South West

Bristol   Sarah Long
Cornwall  Sophie Bagnall
Glos, Worcs, Warks and Oxon Peter Moore
Western Counties  Thomas Rees

West Midlands

Glos, Worcs, Warks and Oxon Peter Moore
Herefordshire and Powys 
Midlands Nick Jackson

Yorkshire and the Humber

Lincolnshire  Alexander Bowman 
Yorkshire Will Sennitt 

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Fiona McFarland


East of Scotland  Fred Nind and Bill Taylor
Lauren Guthrie
North Scotland  Laurie Ferguson


North Wales Mary Hancock
South East Wales
Fenella Johnson
South West Wales Kate Hovers

YVN contact

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