BVA’s biggest ever survey gives a voice to vets on World Veterinary Day

28 April 2016

"Every contribution matters" - President Sean Wensley urges all BVA members to sign up to survey

To mark World Veterinary Day 2016 (30 April), the British Veterinary Association is launching its biggest ever Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey with over 15,000 BVA members invited to share their experience of the profession and expertise on animal health and welfare issues.

BVA's Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey first launched in May 2014 to gather vets' views on the issues that matter most and equip BVA with regular data to better represent the profession to the media and policy makers across the UK.

Over the past two years, the survey has generated hundreds of national and local media stories covering topics from injuries sustained by farm animal vets to microchipping, seasonal chocolate poisoning and submitting data on conformation altering surgeries in Kennel Club-registered dogs.

BVA President Sean Wensley said, “The Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey is a touchstone of veterinary information and opinion with journalists regularly approaching us for results and trend data to use in national and local media.

"Every contribution matters, enabling us to give a true measure of veterinary opinion in public debate about animal health and welfare as well as pressing professional issues, which is why we're urging all BVA members to add their voice to our Spring Voice survey.”

An email will be sent to all BVA members by independent research agency Alpha Research with an invitation to join the survey panel.

Questions included in the Spring 2016 survey range from working hours to client interactions and recent graduates' employment, as well as non-traditional (‘exotic') companion animals and topical issues like winter flooding and Easter chocolate poisoning.

The survey will take no more than 15 minutes to complete and will remain open until midnight on 23 May.