'Presenteeism is a worry for vets, says BVA

09 Nov 2019

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By Georgina Mills

Nearly two-thirds of vets worked when they didn’t feel well enough in the past year, new figures released by the BVA have shown.

The association is warning that the problem of ‘presenteeism’ – or working while sick – could have a longer-term impact on vets’ wellbeing.

Results from this spring’s BVA Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey found that 63 per cent of vets worked when they were not well, and this was most notable in locum vets and those in clinical practice.

Nearly one in five (18 per cent) of the 1300 vets surveyed said they do not take sick leave because they feel uncomfortable doing so. This is more common among younger vets (25 per cent of under 35s compared with 19 per cent of 35- to 54-year-olds) and female vets (21 per cent compared with 11 per cent of male vets).

The BVA...