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