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“You’d have to have been hiding under a rock not to have noticed the debate … about a veterinary union…” said Nicky Paull, then President of British Veterinary Association (BVA), in the August 2009 issue of Veterinary Practice.

The idea of a union for UK veterinary professionals was put forth in June 2008, which lead to an unprecedented debate in veterinary print and online media over a period of over three years.
A campaign group under the name Vets4BVU was set up later in 2008 and held its first meeting in December at Birmingham with 20 veterinary surgeons participating. The Vets4BVU Steering Group was created to lead the work of the campaign group. At a subsequent meeting at St Helens a decision was made to incorporate veterinary nurses into the campaign.

Over the next three years, thousands of emails were exchanged between the members of the Steering Group and vets and nurses across the country. Scores of letters and articles were written in veterinary press.

The campaign culminated in the launching of the British Veterinary Union under the auspices of Unite the Union in July 2011.

Campaign articles

Below is a collection of over one hundred letters and articles related to the campaign for the BVU published in veterinary print media.  The three principal articles published – with bold titles - are in the list.

02.06.2008 - Isn't it time we had our own veterinary union - Shams Mir

02.06.2008 - Councillors deny lack of action claim - Harry Waddle

16.06.2008 - Help available to allows vets to enjoy practice - Richard Hillman

16.06.2008 - RCVS should broaden remit to aid employees - Catherine Goldie

23.06.2008 - Is it not time RCVA was more accountable - Jan van Dijk

23.06.2008 - Realistic assessment of why suicide is rife - Rachael Naylor

14.07.2008 - Call to vets - speak up before its too late - Shams Mir

28.07.2008 - If you don't like it, join it - and influence it - Ron Lowe

28.07.2008 - Many of us feeling disillusionment - Anon

11.08.2008 - BVA can do all you ask and more, Dr Mir - Louisa Rance

11.08.2008 - If we're so efficient, where is pay for VNs - Anon

18.08.2008 - Should we follow USA's lead on benchmarking - John Sheridan

18.08.2008 - Success built on backs of 'underpaid' graduates - Jan van Dijk

18.08.2008 - Time to stop competing and pose united front - Martin Atkinson

18.08.2008 -Who's watching broader attitudes of profession - Anon

01.09.2008 We're paying price for working time abuse - Shams Mir

15.09.2008 - Charting low points of our profession - Norman Leslie

15.09.2008 - Vet's delight as support for union idea - Editorial

22.09.2008 - Profession needs fair pay scale for its VNs - Anon

10.11.2008 -  All parts of profession should join a union - Anon

00.01.2009 - Who wants a veterinary union - Mike Nelson

12.01.2009 - It's time vet employee voices were heard - Jan van Dijk

00.02.2009 - Support growing for formation of union - Editorial

02.02.2009 - Why a veterinary union is needed - Shams Mir

02.02.2009 - Why vets need union assistance - Shams Mir

23.02.2009 - Letter paints depressing caricature of profession - Marcus Harrington

23.02.2009 - Union complements our other institutions - Norman Leslie

00.03.2009 - Can the BVA help solve your problems- Mike Nelson

00.03.2009 - More calls for a veterinary union - Editorial

00.03.2009 - Time to create a new organisation - Shams Mir

00.03.2009 - VNS' cool response to veterinary union idea - Editorial (VN Times 9(3)4

00.03.2009 - What our readers state - Editorial

02.03.2009 - Plight of new subset of overwrought vets - Anon.

10.03.2009 - Paving the way for British Veterinary Union - Shams Mir

23.03.2009 - Anger at treatment by my veterinary employer - Anon.

30.03.2009 - Time for open debate on employment issues - Jan van Dijk

30.03.2009 - Richard Hillman's reply to Dr van Dijk's letter

00.04.2009 - Responses to the call for creation of a veterinary union - Shams Mir

06.04.2009 - Stop procrastinating on veterinary union idea - John Dalton

13.04.2009 - Stating my case for vet union - Shams Mir

13.04.2009 - Working until we drop is not the answer - James Hunt

20.04.2009 - Life outside work must be more than just sleep - Anne Rainbow

20.04.2009 - My advice - think before taking ownership plunge - Graham Pursey

25.04.2009 - Proposed Veterinary Union - A Parker

25.04.2009 - Proposed Veterinary Union - Olaf Swarbrick

28.04.2009 - Isn't it time we consider welfare of UK vets - Anon.

00.05.2009 - More responses to a call for a BVU - Shams Mir

04.05.2009 - Joint ventures could leave you carrying risk - Anon.

04.05.2009 - RCVS' own house is in need of modernisation - Eamon Mcallister

09.05.2009 - Proposed veterinary union - Shams Mir

09.05.2009 - Why are vets at high risk of suicide - David Bartram

11.05.2009 - Has dust now settled on vet union idea - Shams Mir

11.05.2009 - If all can join union, how is it different from BVA - Michael Watts

11.05.2009 - Majority of practices do look after employees - Kate Simms

11.05.2009 - Many young vets working with no contract - survey - Joel Dudley

11.05.2009 - We cannot charge and work less, and pay more - Penny Copeland

11.05.2009 - We should take time to address union concerns - Shams Mir

18.05.2009 - Union how would it all work - Shams Mir

25.05.2009 - Union would have helped during my experience - Cedric Rasmont

25.05.2009 - Use of OOH providers should be mandatory - Richard Weston

30.05.2009 - Proposed veterinary union - Bruce Hunter

30.05.2009 - Proposed veterinary union - Mike Nelson

00.06.2009 - BVA raising awareness of employment issues - Editorial

00.06.2009 - Quarter of young vets 'without contracts' - Editorial

00.06.2009 - Start made on dealing with employment issues - Editorial

00.06.2009 - Time to make a stand - Jan van Dijk

01.06.2009 - Single-handed practice is alternative to union - Martin Atkinson

20.06.2009 - Proposed veterinary union - Chris Whipp

29.06.2009 -Vets are five times more likely to ponder suicide - Emma Cooper

00.07.2009 - Breaking silence but scared of repercussions - shams Mir

00.07.2009 - Employment problems - how widespread are they - Editorial

06.07.2009 - We have sacrificed our personal lives too long - Nick Thomas

20.07.2009 - Has dust now settled on vet union proposal - Shams Mir

00.08.2009 - Strength in numbers... - Nicky Paull

10.08.2009 - OOH - why can't we put own well-being first - Sarah-Jane Eastman

24.08.2009 - Dust has settled we're 'bored' with union issue - Charles Bagnall

24.08.2009 - Union idea - we mustn't repeat 'past mistakes' - Bruce Jones

00.09.2009 - Strength in numbers or feeling lonely in the crowd - Vikki Moran

00.09.2009 - Union could help move profession forward - Editorial

14.09.2009 - BVA set to meet with new vet union - Joel Dudley

00.10.2009 - Time to bite the bullet - David Cuffe

03.10.2009 - Proposed Veterinary Union - Olaf Swarbrick

07.12.2009 - BVA's approach disappoints union group - Emma Cooper

14.12.2009 - Union could be a catalyst for additional action - Normal Leslie

28.12.2009 - Veterinary nurse issues need addressing now - Anon

00.01.2010 - Who represents the individual - David Cuffe

25.01.2010 - Ignoring the state of affairs does vets no favours - Shams Mir

25.01.2010 - Veterinary nurses - here's my call to arms - Nicola Shaw

15.02.2010 - Do we need to withdraw labour to get right pay - J D Dennis

00.08.2010 - Making information accessible - Shams Mir

16.08.2010 - Clarifying BVA services on employment issues - Robin Hargreaves

00.11.2010 - Protocol 'could plunge vets deeper into problems' - Shams Mir

15.11.2010 - The Great Debate - union can give us our voice - Jan van Dijk

15.11.2010 - The Great Debate - would union aid mental health - Liz Philo

00.01.2011 - Survey shows nearly half of veterinary surgeons - Editorial

06.06.2011 - Shift in power led me to seek union protection - Anon.

06.08.2011 - My Unite experience was not so positive - Anon.

05.09.2011 - BVU - what new services will it offer students - Myfanwy Hill

05.09.2011 - Government vets already have recognised union - Geraldine O'Connell

05.09.2011 - Legal services team able to provide 'safety net' - Harvey Locke

05.09.2011 - Union offers 'new dawn' for vets seeking redress - Carol English

26.09.2011 - I learned hard way to be strong and move on - Anon.

00.11.2011 - Naissance de la BVU - Vetitude (France) No.3 p 14-16

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