BVA unveils Nice Workplaces accreditation scheme at convention

BVA has launched its Nice Workplaces accreditation scheme, which it hopes will assist construct a thriving veterinary workforce.

The scheme, launched on the primary day of BVA Stay yesterday (6 June), goals to recognise and reward constructive office tradition and is the affiliation’s newest step to assist the career to deal with challenges in recruitment and retention.

BVA is making the scheme accessible to all veterinary professionals and workplaces – each scientific and non-clinical – and goals to place a highlight on workplaces that prioritise their employees’s well-being {and professional} improvement, and that enable workforce members to really feel valued and empowered.


The launch of Nice Workplaces comes as knowledge from the BVA’s newest Voice of the Veterinary Career Survey revealed 62% of vets working in scientific follow within the UK don’t at all times get breaks throughout their working day to both eat or relaxation.

However whereas 98% of vets say a office’s dedication to work-life steadiness is necessary to them when contemplating what makes a superb office, nearly two-thirds say they solely typically or not often obtain such a steadiness.

BVA president Anna Judson mentioned: “In addition to attracting extra individuals to hitch our veterinary career, guaranteeing we retain the unbelievable expertise we have already got is essential to constructing a resilient and sustainable veterinary workforce.”

Revolutionary strategy

Dr Judson added: “Optimistic office tradition is central to attaining this and Nice Workplaces by BVA is an progressive new strategy that places the well-being of vet groups entrance and centre. The knock-on influence will likely be good for vets and vet practices, good for purchasers and finally, good for animal welfare.

“Workplaces accredited below this new scheme, will likely be seen as employers of alternative, attracting prime expertise who search fulfilling careers and a wholesome work-life steadiness. For current workforce members, working in a recognised Nice Office might improve job satisfaction.”


To realize Nice Workplaces accreditation, every office could have a devoted and skilled accreditor from a veterinary background, who will work with management groups and staff.

Workplaces will likely be assessed in opposition to an accreditation framework overlaying 4 key themes:

  • well being and well-being
  • management and administration
  • tradition
  • studying and improvement

Profitable workplaces will obtain both gold or silver, however will have the ability to work in direction of increased from silver and would maintain the accreditation for 3 years earlier than reassessment.

Dr Judson added: “We’ve set out a imaginative and prescient for a way a superb veterinary office ought to look, created sources and highlighted the core ideas that each office ought to observe. Now, with Nice Workplaces by the BVA, we’re going one step additional to recognise and have fun workplaces the place vet groups thrive.”

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