Young vets

BVA recognises that the transition from student to qualified vet can be challenging, so we offer a number of benefits specifically to help members in their final year at vet school through to the time you have been graduated for eight years. These include:

BVA also supports young vets through the Young Vet Network (YVN)

Free personal accident insurance

Young vet members receive free personal accident insurance. 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. 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 BVA's financial services partner, Lloyd & Whyte, receive a 50% discount off their next BVA membership renewal.

Contact BVA's insurance provider Lloyd & Whyte for more information on 01823 250 700

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 you develop your professional and clinical skills to the standard expected after about a year in clinical practice.

Free BVA new graduate guide

Young vet members receive our free BVA new graduate guide, which includes advice about career options, applying for jobs, beginning work in practice and much more.

Free and discounted CPD

BVA webinars for young vets

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.  

Graduate representation

Young vet members are currently represented on BVA Council by Becky Richardson and Nicky Mansell.

Becky Richardson

Becky Marr with her pet dogBecky 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 Young vet discussion forum on the BVA community

Becky can be contacted at

Latest blog posts from Becky:

Nicky Mansell

Nicky MansellNicky 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:

Young vet discussion forum

This 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 young vet members and features anonymous posting to enable sensitive issues to be discussed without fear of the original poster being identified. 

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. 

YVN meetings

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

Midlands Nick Jackson 


London William Chandler

North East

North East Becky Richardson

North West

North West Stephanie Walsh

South East

Glos, Worcs, Warks and Oxon Peter Moore
Hampshire  Sheena Forsberg
Kent Jack Balkham
Martin Hawes

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


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.