The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has announced an expansion of its support package for veterinary professionals with refugee status to include “access to training resources including continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities, and free membership to a range of veterinary associations”.
The RCVS created the scheme in 2020 in partnership with The Refugee Council in order to support UK-based vets with refugee status. The the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), British Veterinary Association (BVA), British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) and Veterinary Management Group (VMG) have all collaborated.
With a boom in pet ownership as well as labour shortages putting a huge strain on UK vets, refugee vets may be vital to relieving the pressure.
“We hope that it will go some way to making the lives of refugee vets a little easier when they arrive in the UK”
Mandisa Greene, RCVS Senior Vice-President, said, “We’re really pleased to be able to provide this package of support for veterinary surgeons with refugee status. Although we put in place financial support for the Statutory Examination for Membership last year, we felt there was much more that we wanted to and could offer.”
“It’s particularly heart-warming to have put this package of support together in partnership with the wider veterinary community, and we want to thank each membership organisation who has offered free membership.
“We know that making connections with other veterinary professionals can be crucial for establishing a support network and finding a job, so having the opportunity to join a range of membership organisations for free is a really important part of this package.”
“We hope that the ‘welcome pack’ we’ve put together will help veterinarians who have resettled in the UK to pass their exams, find a job they enjoy and allow them to continue to contribute to animal health and welfare in their new home.”
Richard Casey, VMG President, added, “It’s great to see the veterinary profession coming together in this way to support veterinary surgeons with refugee status in rebuilding their lives and careers.
“We are delighted to support the RCVS in the creation of its refugee support package and hope that it will go some way to making the lives of refugee vets a little easier when they arrive in the UK.”