The British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) has told Vetsonline its survey to gauge well-being among vet nurses in the UK received an impressive response.

The survey – which closed just before Christmas – has been answered by 1,258 respondents, and aims, said the association, to be a “very useful tool to enable the whole profession to be able to appreciate key stressors for veterinary nurses”.

BVNA council member Jill Macdonald, who has been coordinating the project, said: “The level of response to the survey is an excellent achievement and a great step forward in giving us an insight into the levels of stress within the profession.”

The other key purpose of the survey, she said, was to help raise awareness of the telephone and anonymous email support available from Vetlife; a service managed and funded by the Veterinary Benevolent Fund.

“We wanted to ensure nurses knew about this valuable service, and that it was as applicable and available to them as to veterinary surgeons,” she said.

A full report on the survey will be published at a later date, while BVNA plans to cover areas highlighted by the survey in a series of articles over the coming months. It is also working with Vetlife to produce a dedicated VN page on the Vetlife website.

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