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Reporting concerns and whistleblowing for veterinary practice staff guide

Whistleblowing is the commonly used term for reporting on or exposing malpractice in the workplace – this could be something improper, illegal or negligent.

The vast majority of veterinary surgeons practice ethically, safely, legally, and with due regard to health and safety issues and modern techniques. However, it is possible that occasionally you might see colleagues practising in ways which you know quite well have been superseded or are well below a standard which could be considered reasonable.

The person whose behaviour is worrying might be a member of the support staff, an assistant or a partner, and the approach needs to be different for each.

Last revision: 2019 
Edition: 4 
Publisher: BVA 
Number of pages: 7 
Format: PDF


This guide includes:

  • Examples of situations which might cause concern
  • Tips for staff dealing with work situations which might lead to whistleblowing
  • Whistleblowing and the law
  • Whistleblowing and unfair dismissal
  • Contacts for sources of help

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Reporting concerns and whistleblowing for veterinary practice staff guide