Bid to get vets Back in the Saddle

Bid to get vets Back in the Saddle

BEVA has launched Back in the Saddle, a six-month coaching programme to support vets who are either returning to work or who want to change tack in some way.

The programme is for vets who are more than five years qualified, and thus not eligible for BEVA’s Leg Up coaching.

It has been developed in response to numerous BEVA members reporting periods of feeling lost or adrift in their career as life progresses after graduation, particularly following a career break.

The programme is led by a team of individuals who have experienced the challenges of working in equine practice and have all undergone extensive coaching training.

It takes the form of group sessions where participants can discuss, learn and share knowledge in a workshop style environment.

Lucy Grieve, Veterinary Projects Officer at BEVA said: “Back in the Saddle provides a safe, supportive and encouraging environment to help individuals understand what it is they want from their career, following a break, for example for parental leave or injury.

“By reflecting on their career achievements, learnt skills and professional needs, in the context of their life as it is now, it enables them to prioritise appropriately, create achievable goals, and find their place in the profession again.

“Our coaches are professionally trained, friendly and empathetic, and the nature of group coaching means peer support opens up to all involved.

“This helps counter feelings of isolation and self-doubt and enables a sense of purpose and confidence to return and develop further.”

The first Back in the Saddle programme starts on 11 June 2024 – applications are now open and will close on 17 May 2024. To find out more click HERE.