Campaign 1 – Entering the profession later in life/career change into veterinary nursing – two blogs written by BVNA Council Members who changed careers into veterinary nursing and a discussion panel webinar on changing careers and the diversity of the veterinary nursing role.
Campaign 2 – Equity and Inclusion for those who are deaf or hard of hearing – creating blogs and other resources to raise awareness, explain allyship, and to provide information about transcript accessibility for meetings and CPD or events.
Campaign 3 – Guidance on religious clothing for employers, veterinary nurses, and colleges or universities to support those wearing religious clothing in practice and show how the wearing of religious clothing can be effectively aligned with practice policies.
Campaign 4 – Menopause awareness through education and provision of symptom information – discussion panel on how the menopause can affect veterinary nurses and signposting to support through blogs, website and social media. Explore how work colleagues and managers can broach the subject and provide appropriate support.
Campaign 5 – Create awareness about the benefits of flexible working and how it can improve work-life balance, job satisfaction and aid with retention of veterinary nurses – discussion panel and further online supportive material to be provided.
The DIWP Working Group have also been working with and supporting BVLGBT+ and will continue to do so over the next year. This will include sharing blogs, signposting members to BVLGBT+ for advice and support (including student veterinary nurses), and supporting Pride month. More information about BVLGBT+ can be found on the BVLGBT+ website.
Role Model Campaign – the first campaign that the group worked on, in 2022, enlisted allies and role models to help drive change within the veterinary nursing profession through education, building awareness and providing aspirational content to inspire people from all backgrounds to consider a career in veterinary nursing. Representation and visibility are so important in opening the doorway to those who may be unsure whether veterinary nursing is a career option for them, so we wanted to create a platform to highlight that veterinary nursing as a viable career option for all.
The aim of the campaign was to share stories to inspire others into the profession, promote widening participation, and show current VNs from underrepresented backgrounds that they are not alone – something that is essential for opening-up conversations, addressing challenges and, ultimately, driving a change in working culture.