RCVS survey on chronic illness and disabilities in the veterinary community

Vets up and down the country are being asked to take part in a survey on disability and chronic illness.


Devised by the RCVS and British Veterinary Chronic Illness Support (BVCIS), the study seeks to gain insight into the challenges faced by veterinary professionals with a disability or chronic illness. 


Whether you’re a practising vet or a student vet, the RCVS want to hear your thoughts (you don’t have to have a disability or chronic illness to participate either). 


Claire Hodgson, director and co-founder of BVCIS, said: “Working in the veterinary professions with a chronic illness or disability can be hugely challenging, but there is currently a knowledge gap in terms of understanding exactly where the problems lie.


“A 2019 RCVS survey of the professions found that around 6.7% of vets and 7.4% of RVNs have a disability or medical condition that limits work that they can do, but the true figures are likely to be much higher.


“No reliable data for veterinary students currently exists.


“The purpose of this survey is to close that knowledge gap and help us understand how we can better support disabled and chronically ill people in the workplace and education to create a more inclusive working culture.


“Those living with disability and chronic illness are often hugely resourceful and fantastic problem solvers because of the day-to-day challenges they have had to learn to overcome.


“They have a great deal to contribute to the sector, and it is important that they feel valued and respected and have access to the tools they need to thrive.


“Diversity makes the workforce stronger, so we are calling on as many different people as possible from across the veterinary community to complete our survey so that, together, we can help create a more inclusive workplace for all.”


Here at Choice Vets, we firmly believe everyone should be given equal job opportunities and we will continue to strive for diversity in the veterinary community. 


Find out more about our current veterinary job opportunities here or get in touch with our dedicated consultants on 0203 9784 104.