Workforce issues

Veterinary human support

Veterinary human support is a useful umbrella term and can include anything related to supporting people in veterinary roles, from recruitment and training, through to workplace support and career...

Exploring factors affecting clinical supervisors' capacity to train students during the COVID-19 pandemic

This was a prospective, cross-sectional survey-based study, approved by the RCVS Ethical Review Panel. The inclusion criteria for participation were being a registered veterinary nurse (UK practicing)...

Diversity, inclusivity and widening participation: VN Futures campaigns 2023

Our first DIWP campaign of 2023 was centred around promoting veterinary nursing to those considering a career change or joining the profession later in life. We hosted a discussion panel, where...

Internal conflict in the workplace

The Oxford Dictionary defines conflict as a situation in which people or groups disagree strongly or are involved in a serious argument. In a working environment, workplace conflict is likely to be as...

Flexible working: a new way forward to an old concept

Flexible working legislation allows an employee to make a request to change their way of working (such as hours, days or location), as well as the introduction of flexitime, compressed hours or phased...

Flexible working in practice: can it be a win–win?

Flexible working comes in many different forms, it is not simply working from home or working fewer hours. It could take the form of flexible roles, responsibilities, altered hours, or adaptable...

Strategies for managing conflict within a team

Conflict amongst healthcare professionals has been recognised as a significant issue both in the UK within the NHS and globally (McKibben, 2017; ACT Academy 2018; Labrague et al, 2018). Patton (2014)...

International differences in the journey toward compulsory veterinary nurse registration

To understand the currently legal status of veterinary nurses internationally and the progress made, or being made toward registration, it is necessary to understand the status of veterinary nurses in...

Whistle-blowing explained: to be or not to be a whistle-blower, that is the question

It is widely accepted that professionals have responsibility to demonstrate professional integrity and behave in ways which are transparent and deserving of the public's trust (Blass, 2010; Royal...