Vet Futures: what’s the prognosis for the veterinary profession?

The Vet Futures project aims to help to direct the future of the veterinary profession. Where is it going?

There are many issues, from changing gender balance to increased corporatisation, complicated by the rising cost of education meaning that graduates set off into the workplace saddled with massive debts.

When vets and vet nurses initially register, they declare ‘…above all, my constant endeavour will be to ensure the health and welfare of animals committed to my care.’ This statement is the over-riding rule of working in the veterinary sphere. But this aside, what does the future hold for us?

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  • Lisa says:

    Pete, I understand from our own Vet (Craig Hunt) that things are only going to get worse! IF you now choose to Specialise in a chosen field i.e. Exotics, Rabbits etc. you are able to BUT it’s another 3 years at (I believe) RCVS. The rule was you needed to Practice as a Vet for 10 years before you Specialise! You were able to work (earn money), gain experience and study for the next 3 years whilst working. The cost of being a ‘Specialist’ now really is inhibitive unless you have very deep pockets and a lot of tenacity to study for 8 years. I do think what a great shame all round.

  • Lisa says:

    Pete, I understand from our own Vet (Craig Hunt) that things are only going to get worse! IF you now choose to Specialise in a chosen field i.e. Exotics, Rabbits etc. you are able to BUT it’s another 3 years at (I believe) RCVS. The rule was you needed to Practice as a Vet for 10 years before you Specialise! You were able to work (earn money), gain experience and study for the next 3 years whilst working. The cost of being a ‘Specialist’ now really is inhibitive unless you have very deep pockets and a lot of tenacity to study for 8 years. I do think what a great shame all round.

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