Findings from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) survey will be the subject for discussion at BVA Congress.

The state of the veterinary profession, where are we now?” will take place as part of BVA Congress at London Vet Show on Thursday, November 20. The debate will be chaired by former SPVS president Adi Nell and will feature panellists from across the profession.

Ahead of the session the RCVS survey findings will be complemented by fresh findings from the second BVA Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey on career progression and opportunities for vets.

BVA president Robin Hargreaves (pictured) said: “Once again the RCVS survey of the veterinary profession makes fascinating reading and it is valuable fresh data for our discussion at BVA Congress.

“A decline in vets employed in mixed practice coupled with an increase in those employed in small animal and exotic work suggests a continuing trend towards specialisation both in careers and practice structure.

“It is no surprise to see an increasingly female profession given the student gender ratios and the higher numbers of older male vets meaning a greater proportion of retiring vets are male.”

He added: “All of the available data will inform our congress session and we will use the discussion as an opportunity to take stock. We will look at what the profession needs to do to respond to the various trends and consider areas where we need to adapt our current approach. No doubt we’ll get a good discussion going and everyone attending London Vet Show is welcome to take part.”

BVA Congress sessions are open to all London Vet Show delegates, as are the BVA farm and equine streams. The full BVA at LVS programme is available at

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