Veterinary workforce issues and careers support


Discrimination Report

Our research found that 24% of working vets and vet students have experienced or witnessed discrimination in the past year, yet only 56% of the profession said they feel concerned about discrimination.

To raise awareness of the scale of the issue, we are calling for all members of the veterinary team to join the “Big Conversation on equality and inclusion in the veterinary professions”. To start this conversation, we have released the BVA report on discrimination in the veterinary profession (326 KB PDF)

Get involved on social media using #Timeforchange and #Bigconversation

Veterinary workforce study

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

We released our first joint report with the University of Exeter in November 2018, Motivation, Satisfaction, and Retention: Understanding the importance of vets’ day-to-day work experiences (PDF 1.35 MB). This showed that creating an environment where individuals feel they fit in and making sure employees feel valued and admired for the work that they do would likely improve the experiences of vets and increase the retention of skilled and motivated staff. This report is based on the findings of the BVA Voice of the Veterinary Profession Survey Autumn 2017 (PDF 1.47 MB).

A follow-up study with employers, investigating the existence of gender discrimination in the profession (1.47 MB PDF), was carried out in Spring 2018 and we launched the results at BVA Congress in November 2018. This offers a compelling piece of evidence that even when everything about two vets is equal, their gender can still significantly impact upon how they are perceived, treated, and paid. It highlighted that those who do not perceive gender discrimination to be an issue are most likely to perpetuate this inequality.

Future of the veterinary profession

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

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.

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: