Why Enter the Awards?
Winning the Vet Wellbeing Award was amazing… it gives us a sense of achievement and pride in our practice and in our work and team ethos.
Maria Lowe, Viking Vets (Winner, Medium Practice)
It was a really fantastic boost to morale: being an ambulatory team, we have to work harder to ensure individuals feel supported and engaged. Even just working through the questions raised positive feedback from the team.
Sophie Aylett, Meadows Farm Vets (Winner, Small Practice)
It gave us an overwhelming sense of pride that we were recognised for taking care of each other, which is great for our team members and great for our bottom line too. We’re still pinching ourselves!
Tracey Morley-Jewkes, Blacks Vets (Winner, Large Practice)
At a time when recruitment and retention of vets and nurses is a real problem for practices, being recognised by a wellbeing award will:
- boost staff morale
- raise your profile as a good place to work
- inspire other practices throughout the UK and beyond
Winning and Highly Commended practices will receive a dedicated logo and certificate for display. The winners in each category receive two registrations and banquet tickets for SPVS/VPMA Congress 2019.
Taking part will in itself help you assess your approach to wellbeing… and generate feedback from your team
Even just working through the questions raised positive feedback from the team on areas we were unaware meant a lot to them in terms of wellbeing
Sophie Aylett, Meadows Farm Vets
This year’s entry process brings together the experience of those who entered last year together with our judges and others with knowledge and experience of wellbeing in the veterinary workplace. These include Dr Elinor O’Connor, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology at the University of Manchester and Carolyne Crowe, VDS Training.
Why not try our Wellbeing Checklist to see how well your practice is doing?
It is intended as a guideline with examples of what you may already be doing or could do in your own practice. They are all activities that can be carried out within the workplace with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of the veterinary team.
The list is by no means exhaustive, and you may well have other initiatives or a different approach. A low score shouldn’t put you off entering the Wellbeing Awards.