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We should be straight talking on salaries
  1. Adrian Pratt, BVSc, MRCVS

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Adrian Pratt runs The Veterinary Business Consultancy, which offers business development support, coaching, mentoring and leadership training to the profession.

Recent reports on vet salaries and insights provided by the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons Salary Survey and independent researchers CM Research have ignited discussions in forums and across the profession. There seem to be two themes: first the terminology used and second why we’re in this state.

We have a demonstrable gender pay gap in the vet profession and a changing veterinary workforce: currently 59 per cent of MRCVSs are women; however, in the 26-30 age group, it’s 74 per cent. We have increasing levels of dissatisfaction with pay being expressed by our female colleagues and, as BVA senior vice-president Gudrun Ravetz noted last month, that’s not a good place for a …

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