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BVNA encourages vet nurses to participate in CMA review
“While this time may be challenging for the veterinary profession, we would encourage veterinary nurses to engage positively with the review by completing the relevant survey."- Charlotte Pace.
The review investigates the veterinary services market.

The British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) has asked veterinary nurses to provide their own opinions to the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) review of veterinary services.

The CMA’s review made headlines on 7 September, as the authority announced its intentions to seek further transparency of the UK’s veterinary services. This would include the pricing, provision of medication, practice ownership and provision of emergency and out of hours care.

This announcement has proved challenging for those in client-facing roles, including veterinary nurses, who have seen the effects of the extensive media coverage of the investigation first hand. The cost-of-living crisis especially has caused a rise in the abuse received by veterinary nurses.

As part of the investigation, the BVNA has been invited to represent UK veterinary nurses in the review. The group has met with the CMA, and is working to play an active role in enquiries whilst keeping its members informed.

The BVNA is now asking that veterinary nurses contribute their own views to the investigation, to ensure that the results show a balanced discussion of veterinary and public perspectives.

Veterinary nurses are able to submit their views using designated surveys. This will either be a veterinary practices questionnaire (for current veterinary professionals, or those who have worked in practice in the past three years) or a third party questionnaire (for those working for companies/charities that deliver veterinary services or retired from the profession more than three years ago).

The surveys are available on the Government’s website. On 7 September, the CMA said that the questionnaires would be open for up to six weeks.

Charlotte Pace, BVNA president, said: “While this time may be challenging for the veterinary profession, we would encourage veterinary nurses to engage positively with the review by completing the relevant survey. The CMA are actively seeking contributions from both pet owners and those working in the veterinary profession.

“Therefore, in order for the CMA to be as informed as possible, and for their investigation to be beneficial for the future of our industry, we would urge that veterinary professionals use their voice.”

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.