HR and employment law

View, download and order useful documents to do with HR and employment law. All guidance is correct at the point of production and we would always recommend members consult our free legal helpline.

  • BVA guide to job hunting

    Get comprehensive advice and guidance on getting a job, preparing a CV, writing application letters, effective interview techniques and more.

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  • Contracts of employment leaflet

    BVA member research has highlighted that many veterinary surgeons enter into jobs where they do not have a written contract of employment. This leaves them exposed and less able to defend themselves if they face problems in their employment situation.

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  • Employee wellbeing - guidance for employers

    The aim of this guidance is to address employee well-being in the workplace and issues such as stress, which is a major cause of illness and mental health in the veterinary profession.

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  • Guide to employment contracts for veterinary staff

    BVA has produced a comprehensive guide on employment contracts covering up-to-date advice on all the relevant employment laws, rights and regulations for employers and a suggested model agreement.

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  • Exit interviews

    Exit interviews are conducted with departing employees just before they leave. Done well, they can be a rich source of objective feedback and an excellent opportunity to gather information about your veterinary practice and how it could be improved.

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  • Maternity and paternity rights and obligations

    How long is maternity leave, how will it affect my pay and will my job be held open? These are typical of the many questions about parenthood and employment. Whether you manage a veterinary practice or you are an employee then you can find the answers here.

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  • Personal development review guide

    Personal development reviews, often referred to as appraisals, are an excellent management tool. Done well they can lead to happy, well-trained, motivated staff and a positive team attitude, which is good for you, your clients and your business.

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  • Professional Development Phase for new graduates

    New graduates that are full members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) are legally qualified to practise as veterinary surgeons. However, new graduates need support from experienced colleagues because of their relative inexperience.

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  • Professional Development Phase for employers

    Where to start - a short BVA guide to PDP for employers with advice on how to support your new graduate.

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  • Whistle-blowing guide for veterinary practice staff

    Whistle blowing is the commonly used term for reporting on or exposing malpractice in the workplace – this could be something improper, illegal or negligent. The vast majority of veterinary surgeons practice ethically, safely, legally and with due regard to health and safety issues.

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  • Sample workforce agreement

    The Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) govern working hours in the UK. The maximum hours of the working week, including the on-call hours and the daily and weekly rest requirements, are all determined by the regulations.

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