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Staff at VetPartners practice vote to strike
The planned strike will begin on 16 July.
Industrial action planned in dispute over pay and conditions.

Employees at a practice in Wales have voted to strike over pay and conditions, a year after it became the first practice in the UK to reach a recognition agreement with the British Veterinary Union (BVU).

The strike at Valley Vets, which is owned by VetPartners, will start at 8am on 16 July 2024 and will last for two weeks.

The industrial action follows a postal ballet in which 94 per cent of members voted to strike on a 93 per cent turnout.

Staff at the practice had previously rejected a pay offer that the BVU said would have meant a real-terms pay cut for the majority of employees. The union has said that the door is open to restart negotiations in the hope that an improved offer will make the strike unnecessary.

Valley Vets has defended its pay offer, saying that the practice sits in the upper quartile of veterinary sector salary reviews. The practice offered its lowest paid staff a 7.27 per cent pay increase, while higher paid employees were offered an increase at a lower rate.

A statement issued on behalf of the Valley Vets leadership team said they were “saddened by the results of the strike ballot” after entering discussions with the union “in good faith”.

The practice has said that there are contingency plans are in place to provide a reduced service during the strike, which will “prioritise animal welfare, while ensuring those team members providing the service can continue to maintain their high standards of care without experiencing increased pressure”.

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Special imports digital service set to change

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 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

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RCVS course explains concerns process

A free, online course from the RCVS Academy has been launched, designed to clarify RCVS' concerns procedure.

The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.