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Where did it all go wrong?
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Figures from a recent Vet Futures survey suggest 50 per cent of the UK's recent vet school graduates are disappointed with their careers.

New figures raise troubling questions about disillusioned vets

Alarming statistics released by the RCVS and BVA this week raise questions on why so many young vets are becoming disillusioned with the realities of working in practice.

The figures, based on a recent Vet Futures survey, suggest 50 per cent of the UK's recent vet school graduates are disappointed with their careers. Looking at the results, a clear divide can be seen in the aspirations of students and graduates.

One of the solutions offered by RCVS president Bradley Viner is “the promotion of non-clinical career pathways.”

All very well, but the fact is children will still dream of going to vet school and growing up to work in practice, just like the TV vets they admire. So how do we get from inspired children to disillusioned graduates? Where did it all go wrong?

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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for three months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

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LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk