Why Flexee?

We are on a mission to make the veterinary clinical practice a happier place to work. 

Why: To help people lead a fulfilled, fun, and financially satisfied life.

What: We wish to improve work-life integration, improve retention, recruitment and return of happy staff.

How: By supporting veterinary practices to implement flexibility efficiently and sustainably in their workplaces.

Silvia Janska MRCVS

Silvia, the founder of Flexee, is a veterinarian passionate about helping to modernise the veterinary profession for a sustainable future. She also works as an equine vet and animal health business consultant. Silvia’s trio-combination of expertise in scientific methodology, veterinary medicine and business development is supported by her qualifications from London’s Royal Veterinary College, Liverpool University and Cornell University, and include BSc in Veterinary Science, MSc in Wild Animal Biology, BSc in Veterinary Medicine, and a postgraduate certificate in Veterinary Business Management. She is also the Junior Vice President for SPVS, and a member of the Greener Veterinary Practice working group for VetSustain.

FAQ

‘Flexible working’ describes a type of working arrangement which gives a degree of flexibility on how long, where, when and at what times employees work.” Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Flexible working means something different to everyone. Employers, employees and businesses all have flexible working needs. Justifying a flexible working request is no longer necessary. In April 2003 the right to request flexible working was introduced by the UK Government. Under this legislation employers have a responsibility to reasonably consider a flexible working request. 

Paying attention to this is even more critical now that the UK government announced, in December 2022, its intentions to introduce changes to the right to request flexible working legislation with the aim of “making flexible working the default”. 

Flexibility in the workplace is “the opportunity of workers to make choices influencing when, where, and for how long they engage in work-related tasks” (Bal & De Lange, 2014).

Veterinary practices need to attract and retain talent. The Flexee 2020 survey about flexible working practices in the UK veterinary profession highlighted the need for both employers and employees to work more flexibly. The BVA has also identified that there is a desire for greater flexibility in clinical practice. 

Veterinary businesses need to be sustainable and profitable. Flexible working positively contributes towards business goals. Not only does it improve the ‘work-life balance’ of team members, it has financial benefits too. Financial targets and staff turnover are two main measures of business success. We know that it costs around £20-40,000 to recruit a new permanent vet; or up to 60% of the new vet’s salary. 

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