The BVNA has announced it is launching an online discussion portal at its upcoming congress.

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The BVNA hopes the Voice of Veterinary Nursing forum will gather opinions on topics that matter to the profession.

According to the association, the aim of the portal is to drive engagement with its members and elicit its views on key issues affecting the profession.

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The portal – set to be released at BVNA Congress in Telford this week (7-9 October) – will be hosted through Moodle and comprises:

  • polls
  • questionnaires
  • reading material

Members will also be encouraged to take part in a specially set up consultative panel. This group of members will be sent information on specific issues for consultation – the results of which, said the BVNA, will help inform its “voice” to better represent its members.

BVNA president Sam Morgan said: “During my role as BVNA president, the greatest privilege has been meeting so many RVNs who are passionate about their profession; they all have strong opinions on how it could change and develop in the future.

Meeting a need

Mrs Morgan continued: “Therefore, it is always disappointing to hear when such low numbers of RVNs take part in consultations about their profession. Having canvassed our members, we realise this is usually down to time pressure, not knowing how to get involved or not wanting to say the wrong thing or appear foolish.

“With this in mind, the BVNA is very excited to launch the Voice of Veterinary Nursing forum, which has been specifically designed to be quick and easy to use. By using questionnaires and yes/no answers, we hope to get as many RVNs and student VNs as possible to give us their opinions on topics that matter to the profession.”

The campaign to support the launch of the portal will be run on social media, using the hashtag #VNVoice.

For more information, email angela@bvna.co.uk or visit the BVNA’s website.

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