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Advice on employing overseas graduates
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"This guidance should assist employers in identifying the skilled workforce they need."
BEVA publishes new guidance to help employers uphold standards

New guidance has been published to help practice managers to employ overseas veterinary graduates with the necessary linguistic and clinical skills.

Many foreign veterinary graduates register to work in the UK every year. It is hoped the advice will help employers to uphold the reputation of the profession and make it easier to understand the differences between graduates from various veterinary schools across Europe.

The guidance has been developed by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), who stress that while employers should not discriminate based on nationality, language or place of graduation, they have a duty to ensure employees can perform their role safely and effectively.

Former BEVA president Tim Greet said "…it seems only common sense to make sure that a new employee, from whatever background, can cope with the necessary level of communication, so fundamental in modern veterinary practice.

"A certain level of practical skill should also be expected to avoid compromise to patient welfare and to underpin continued professional development."

The guidance includes:
  • Advice on interpreting English Language Qualification test results
  • A list of European veterinary schools that are not approved by the European Association of Establishments of Veterinary Education
  • A reminder that extra mural studies are only compulsory for veterinary students in the UK and Ireland

BEVA's president elect Mark Bowen commented: "At a time when politicians are debating language skills amongst medical graduates, it is useful to remind employers of the complex language skills required to provide the public with the service they expect.

"This guidance should assist employers in identifying the skilled workforce they need, while navigating the complexities of different English Language Qualifications and different veterinary qualifications."

View the guidance on BEVA's website:

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Stephen Fry lends voice to frog conservation film

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 Comedian and author Stephen Fry has lent his voice to a new animation that hopes to raise awareness of deadly ranavirus, which is threatening the UK’s frogs.

Research by ZSL, who created the short film, suggests that at least 20 per cent of ranavirus cases over the past three decades, could be attributed to human introductions. This includes pond owners introducing fish, frog spawn and plants from other environments.

Amphibian disease expert Dr Stephen Price said: “People can help stop the spread by avoiding moving potentially infected material such as spawn, tadpoles, pond water and plants into their own pond. Disinfecting footwear or pond nets before using them elsewhere will also help.” 

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Scotland to fund OV training

The Scottish Government has revealed it will fund training for new Official Veterinarians (OVs), covering the Essential Skills, Statutory Surveillance and TB Testing.

Funding will also be provided for the revalidation of Essential Skills, as well as TB Testing for existing OVs. This is the second round of financial support from the Scottish Government for OVs.

BVA president Simon Doherty said he is “delighted” with the announcement.

“Official Veterinarians’ work in safeguarding animal health and welfare and ensuring food safety is invaluable,” he added. “This announcement has come at a crucial time, with Brexit and an uncertain future ahead, the role of OVs will be more important than ever in enabling the UK’s trade in animal products.