The British Veterinary Union is calling on more veterinary interns, residents and clinical scholars to open up about their employment conditions, to expand on the “dismal picture” portrayed by responses so far.
The British Veterinary Union in Unite (BVU) is calling on more veterinary interns, residents and clinical scholars to open up about their employment conditions, in order to expand on the “dismal picture” portrayed by responses so far.
According to BVU junior vets working in academic positions are being exploited by their managers and denied full pay and benefits.
Earlier this year BVU launched an online survey to gauge the experience of junior veterinary academics, while submitting queries to all six veterinary schools.
Calling for more feedback from vets on the ground, Shams Mir, chairman of BVU’s professional advisory committee, told vetsonline: “The limited responses we have had from individual junior vets working for various veterinary schools and universities so far reflect a very dismal picture.
“However, we need more vets to come forward to share with us their perception of the problem through the anonymous survey forms available via our website. Their input will allow us to fully assess the impact of the problem on the individuals involved.”
Dr Mir said anecdotal concerns about exploitation of junior academics were “the tip of the iceberg“.
“It is demeaning to the profession as a whole,” he added.