‘Work with us to fix the labor crisis’, BCVA president tells Government

Labor shortages in the food and farming sector are putting the mental health of those working in it at risk, the president of the BCVA has warned. Elizabeth Berry has urged ministers to work with the industry to tackle what she termed an “immediate crisis”, which she fears could also jeopardize food security and animal … Read more

BVA and RCVS jointly host FVE assembly

The latest Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) General Assembly has been held in London following a two-year delay due to COVID. Around 200 guests from across Europe and North America attended the event at Church House, Westminster, which was jointly hosted by the BVA and RCVS. Ukraine vets Guests included a delegation from the … Read more

VN diversity group celebrates role models

The VN Diversity, Inclusivity and Widening Participation Working Group (DIWP) is calling on the profession to celebrate its role models as it marks DIWP Role Models Month with a new campaign. Throughout June, the Role Models Campaign will champion the DIWP group’s inspirational role models, and give space to share their stories and experiences. Role … Read more

Rural vets to get free mental health training

Vets working in rural or isolated areas will get access to a free mental health training program thanks to a partnership between the RCVS ‘Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. The online training program has been launched in recognition of some of the rural and ambulatory challenges vets face, particularly … Read more

Mental health and self-care in our veterinary nursing community

As Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month nears its end, the appreciation I have as a vet for hard-working nurses worldwide remains endless. You are compassionate and empathetic, counsellors to distressed clients, shoulders to cry on, advocates for pets and a vet’s most reliable comrade. Together, we have the power to save and better the lives of … Read more

MMI and VMG to train on mental health

An initiative to train veterinary leaders and managers on mental health in the workplace has been launched in a joint partnership. The RCVS ‘Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) and the VMG are partnering on the project to deliver training, either as a free, standalone module, or as a module for anyone taking the VMG’s accredited veterinary … Read more

Vets4Pets launches national campaign to champion industry heroes

Practice group Vets4Pets has launched a national campaign to celebrate and thank all veterinary teams caring for the nation’s pets. In launching the campaign, the group said it wants to champion everyone working across the professions to showcase their passion, dedication and commitment. Vets4Pets said the campaign followed its Project Listen report, which raised the … Read more

SPVS-VMG Congress 2022 makes triumphant return to live and in-person format

Europe’s largest non-clinical veterinary congress came back with a bang as a bumper number of delegates attended SPVS-VMG Congress 2022. More than 800 delegates, speakers and exhibitors attended the ICC Wales in Newport from 13 to 14 May for congress, which returned to the in-person format after last year’s event was held online due to … Read more

Study project hopes to reduce veterinary suicide rate

A groundbreaking study hopes to find new ways of reducing the high rate of suicide in the veterinary profession by making workplaces safer. Funded by veterinary employers across the UK and The University of Edinburgh Business School, one of the core objectives of the interview study is to look at how limiting access to means … Read more

Researchers seek autistic vets for survey on stressors

Autistic vets are being invited to take part in a survey investigating workplace stressors and reasonable adjustments. The survey, part of a study funded by the RCVS Mind Matters Initiative Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant, is open to all people, regardless of formal diagnosis or self-diagnosis and comorbidities. It is hoped results from the … Read more