14 Feb 2024
Making a difference in Wales
Welsh Branch Junior Vice President Dinika Procter explains what it's like to be involved in a Branch of BVA
I became involved in the BVA Welsh Branch through a colleague and previous BVA president when working in mixed practice. When I became a locum, I had more time to volunteer as YVN rep to organise local CPD and give young vets an opportunity to socialise with each other.
I joined the BVA branch because I felt that, as a profession, we need to speak up and raise awareness of animal welfare and other topics in the public eye, as well as issues affecting our profession as a whole. We are a small profession, so by being involved in Welsh Branch, I feel I can really make a difference to policies and shape the way we are perceived as a profession.
As a practice owner and a vet in first opinion practice I speak to lots of vets and the public, which means I can bring an important and balanced view point to branch, and in doing so can ensure that view is heard at BVA HQ and within Welsh Government.
Volunteering on branch is also a great way to make friends and contacts and socialise with others. One can find support and often solutions to issues that affect individuals and the profession as a whole. It is also a brilliant opportunity to push oneself out of one's comfort zone and improve your confidence.
Generally you can put in as much time and effort as you feel you can and it certainly does not have to take over your free time.
If you would like to help shape the future of your profession, read more about it and apply on the Welsh Branch webpage, no later than 9am on Monday 20 August.
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