Covid-19: what next?

25 Jul 2020

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Council was asked to consider how the veterinary world might look as society begins to return to a new normal following the coronavirus pandemic, and in the context of EU Exit, to help BVA identify areas where longer-term support and guidance might be needed.

The provision of EMS and support for new graduates entering their first roles in practice were high on the list of issues raised, with several Council members commenting that it was ‘vital’ that EMS is reinstated as soon as it is safe to do so. The need for extra mentoring support for new graduates was also emphasised, to help allay concerns about the possible knock-on effects of reduced access to EMS.

Council members highlighted the impact of Covid-19 on the wellbeing of practice staff. Both the risk of burnout among those who had worked throughout the lockdown period and the impact of being furloughed were...