Veterinary workforce issues and careers support

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

Veterinary workforce study

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.

The first joint report from the University of Exeter and BVA, Motivation, Satisfaction, and Retention: Understanding the importance of vets’ day-to-day work experiences (PDF 1.35 MB) was published in November 2018. 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 the results were launched at BVA Congress in November 2018.

This report is based on the findings of the BVA Voice of the Veterinary Profession Survey Autumn 2017 (PDF 1.47 MB).

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: