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BVA releases new ‘Return to work’ toolkit
A BVA survey found that 14 per cent of female vets did not feel supported on their return to work.

The resource will support vets returning to the profession.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has launched a ‘Return to work’ toolkit, in an effort to better support BVA members as they return to veterinary practice.

The resources will not only support veterinary surgeons and nurses as they return to the workplace, but also give employers and managers advice for welcoming ‘returners’.

The kit was produced in response to the BVA’s concerns about the recruitment and retention of veterinary surgeons and nurses. Results from the organisation’s Voice of the Veterinary Profession Autumn 2023 survey revealed that 17 per cent of veterinary surgeons were planning to leave the profession in the next five years.

The survey also showed that 19 per cent of veterinary surgeons were unsure if they were going to remain.

The BVA has said that these statistics indicate the importance of employers considering how they can best support their staff, and encourage potential returners, to improve recruitment, retention and job satisfaction.

A previous survey, conducted in Spring 2023, revealed that parental leave was the most common form of long-term leave taken, with one in three veterinary surgeons taking this type of leave.

Female veterinary surgeons were most likely to take this type of leave. However, when asked how supported they were by their employers during and after this leave, only 24 percent felt ‘very well supported’ – with 14 per cent of female veterinary surgeons not feeling supported at all.

The organisation says that the ‘Return to work’ toolkit, which is part of their Good Veterinary Workplaces initiative, will provide the necessary guidance for veterinary employees, and their employers. It addresses situations such as parental leave, long-term sick leave, a career break and sabbaticals.

It also includes a return to work checklist, case studies, and details about relevant Legal Acts.

Anna Judson, BVA president, said: “We want to build a modern, accessible profession for everyone, with veterinary workplaces offering an inclusive and supportive environment for all members of team vet. I know from experience how daunting it can be to return to veterinary work after stepping away, even for a relatively short time.

“There are simple steps that can be taken by employers and employees to make the transition more positive on both sides. Our new checklists are a great tool to help you work through the process.”

The 'Return to work' toolkit can be accessed here.

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 Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) is returning this summer, running from 24-28 June 2024. The theme for this year will be 'Healthy Diet, Happy Bunnies'.

The focus on rabbits' diet comes after the most recent PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report report revealed that 42 per cent of veterinary professionals identified inappropriate diet as one of the five most important rabbit welfare issues that need to be address.

The campaign will include veterinary blogs, videos, and digital waiting room resources. Practices can sign up to receive updates about RAW. 

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In a statement, the group said the incident involved unauthorised external access to a limited number of its IT systems. As soon as the attack was discovered, the group took its IT systems temporarily offline, causing 'considerable operational disruption'.

It has warned that the security steps taken and ongoing plans to move its operational systems and IT infrastructure to the Cloud are likely to have an ongoing impact over a number of weeks.

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