Veterinary workforce issues and careers support

Our Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey asked vets “knowing what you know now, would you choose to pursue a career as a vet again?” The 2014 and 2015 surveys revealed that 58% of vets would, but 42% were unsure or would not choose this career path again. Some of the reasons cited include:

  • Long hours
  • Stress and strain of the job
  • Poor rates of pay
  • Lack of support

The largest group to express dissatisfaction was recent graduates (24 to 35 year olds).

We want to support members throughout their careers, from student to retirement, and tackle some of these issues, including:

Veterinary education

Association of Veterinary Students (AVS)

We work closely with Association of Veterinary Students (AVS) to provide veterinary undergraduates support throughout their time at university.

You can find out more about AVS by:

Student financing and debt

We have collated information and advice for prospective veterinary students on becoming a vet.

You can also see our blog post Becoming a vet… is it worth the student debt?

Veterinary schools in the UK

Following concern around new veterinary schools opening in the UK, the BVA Member Services Group (MSG) developed a position on new vet schools and increasing undergraduate places (105 KB PDF).

Veterinary careers and employment

We offer members a number of benefits to help you advance your career, including:

Professional Development Phase (PDP)

We have created guidance to help you through PDP:

Veterinary CPD

We also offer a range of clinical and non-clinical CPD

Other resources

We offer a range of resources to support you in your current job including:

Future of the veterinary profession

Modernising the veterinary profession

We closely monitor the cultural shifts in the profession in order to attempt to shape and influence their potential impact, including:

Vet Futures

We have worked in collaboration with Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to create Vet Futures, a project that focuses on issues that will face the veterinary profession in the future.

See the Vet Futures report Taking charge of our future: a vision for the veterinary profession for 2030 and the Vet Futures action plan Taking charge;taking action

As part of the Vet Futures project, BVA is leading on a veterinary workforce study, working with Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology Michelle Ryan and colleagues at the University of Exeter.

Team Vet

On 9 February 2017 BVA and BVNA launched a new campaign championing the value of the veterinary team and encouraging the veterinary family, UK governments, and the general public, to show their support for “team vet”. The campaign was sparked by concerns over the residence and working rights status of EU colleagues in the veterinary profession