Still Flex Curious?

Covid 19 sparked a flexible working pandemic, disrupting our normal working habits and forcing many to work remotely.  Whilst the physical side of veterinary medicine cannot be carried out remotely, pandemic working has proven that we can be more flexible than we previously thought, in certain aspects of our jobs. 

When researching flexible working, it can be tricky to know where to look for information. Especially industry specific examples. If you’re flex-curious and time poor, don’t worry, we’ve done the leg work for you. 

Due to the recruitment and retention crisis facing the veterinary industry and ever increasing drive for flexibility within the profession, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons held a Workforce Summit. Separate reports were created for both veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses – Read here.

Read more about recruitment and retention. 


The British Veterinary Association created a  useful webinar with BVA Senior Vice president Daniella Dos Santos and Carolyne Crowe of VDS training exploring workload and flexibility in the workplace – Read here.


You can find general guidance on different types of flexible working and the application process on and the Citizens Advice Bureau – Read here.

Read about applying for flexible working here. 


If you’re looking for more of a human resources perspective, then you may want to check out guidance available at The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration service (ACAS) and the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) – Read here.

Read more here. 


There has been much debate recently in The House Of Commons with regards to flexible working. This has led to The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Bill 2022-2023: Progress of the Bill. This outlines the changes that are going to take place imminently in the application process for flexible working – Read here.

Read more here.


There have been multiple high profile social media campaigns from celebrities such as Anna Whitehouse’s Flex Appeal, helping flexible working gain prime time media attention – Read here. 

Read the final report here.


Although these resources provide some much needed discussion around the topic of flexible working, both within and outside of the veterinary industry, none of them arm you with a tool kit necessary to implement flexible working within your practice. 

Thirsty for more? Join the Flexee Hub for a step by step guide to requesting, implementing and managing flexible working within your practice. Start here! 

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