Menopause hub launched to help boost retention in the veterinary industry

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has launched a new menopause hub in a move to keep skilled vets in the profession.

It hopes improving the support available to vets impacted by menopause will help create a more positive work environment, and ultimately improve retention rates. 

This initiative arrives after recent data found that some 900,000 women in the UK have left the veterinary workforce over the last few years due to reasons relating to menopause. 

Rolled out as part of the BVA’s Good Veterinary Workplaces campaign, the menopause hub exists to address shortages in support and education around menopause in the sector. 

In fact, only 14% of veterinarians said they knew of a workplace menopause policy, while 46% affirm the absence of such a policy, and 39% remain uncertain.

The menopause hub offers tailored menopause-related resources for the veterinary field, catering to individuals at all levels within the practice, including coworkers, supervisors, and partners of those experiencing menopausal symptoms. 

Furthermore, BVA recently signed the Menopause Workplace Pledge to demonstrate 

their commitment to making a positive change for individuals navigating the challenging time that is menopause. They have urged fellow veterinary employers to join in this initiative.

British Veterinary Association Junior Vice President Anna Judson, said: “We know that menopause is of growing importance to our profession, with female vets now making up more than half the workforce, and we know that issues with managing menopause symptoms prompt a significant number of women to move away from clinical work.

“As part of our Good Veterinary Workplaces campaign, we’re committed to supporting all veterinary staff affected by menopause, allowing them to remain in post, and to providing relevant resources to improve employer engagement in this area. We urge all veterinary workplaces to sign the pledge and consider what more they could be doing to support their staff in managing menopause symptoms in the workplace.”

The BVA menopause hub is now up and running; offering useful resources, training and support for all veterinary staff. 

Here at Choice Vets we are thrilled to see such positive steps being made towards creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for veterinary professionals across the board. 

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