Vets in large animal, equine and mixed practices are being asked to participate in a study to help investigate the role and extent of paraprofessionals and technicians in the veterinary-led team.

The Veterinary Development Council (VDC) is investigating the role and extent of paraprofessionals and technicians in veterinary practice and is asking vets in large animal, equine, and mixed practices to complete a short survey.
A demonstration of routine foot trimming at the National Cattle Mobility Event.Information from the survey will influence the direction of the VDC and help to inform future discussions on the regulation of technicians.
Devised by a working group created to examine the role of technicians in a veterinary-led team, the survey aims to:

  • Identify the range of services that could be supplied to the farming community by a veterinary-led team,
  • Establish how these services are currently delivered,
  • Describe the benefits of bringing non-vets into a veterinary-led team, and
  • Assess the desire of vets and non vets to work together to deliver these services.

Chairing the working group is BVA past president Prof Bill Reilly, who said: “The relationship between veterinary surgeons and technicians is vital but it varies from practice to practice.

Bill Reilly, chair of the VDC working group“The working group on the role of the veterinary-led team aims to take a snapshot of how services, such as artificial insemination and foot trimming, are currently delivered, and gauge how veterinary surgeons feel about other services being delivered by non-veterinarians in the future.
“I hope veterinary surgeons in large, mixed and equine practice will take 10 minutes to complete our survey to help us map the current use of technicians in veterinary practice and help shape our future discussions.”
The veterinary-led team is one of three working groups that will report to the VDC. The other groups will address veterinary engagement with the food supply chain (chaired by Gwyn Jones of the NFU) and business models for the provision of veterinary services (chaired by BCVA president John Fishwick).


  • The survey will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete and can be found on the BVA website.
  • The BVA has also emailed the survey directly to practices.
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