Young Vet Network (YVN)

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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.


Date Event Location
13 March
East of Scotland YVN - How to approach the complicated corneal ulcer, uveitis and glaucoma in dogs in first opinion
Mercure Hotel Almondview Livingston
14 March
East Midlands YVN - Managing communication challenges in practice, by Dr Liz Mossop Nottingham
14 March
South Wales YVN - Social gathering
22 April
East of Scotland YVN - Pentlands Walk
20 Nov
East of Scotland and Glasgow joint YVN event - Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation in companion animals
Stirling University

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

Cambridge Emma Peacock
Norfolk Sophie Brown and Tom Hume

East Midlands

Lincolnshire Hannah Worden
East Midlands Chloe Roberts


London William Chandler
Thames Valley Leo Packham

North East

North East Becky Richardson

North West

North West Catherine Finnegan and Caroline Abbott

South East

Hampshire & IOW Sheena Forsberg
Kent Jack Balkham
Martin Hawes
Thames Valley Leo Packham

South West

Bristol Sarah Long
Cornwall Fiona Tomczynska
Western Counties Thomas Rees

West Midlands

Herefordshire and Powys Amelia Stevens

Yorkshire and the Humber

Lincolnshire Hannah Worden
Yorkshire Alison Price

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.