About

Vetsnet.net is designed to promote wellbeing amongst all members of the veterinary profession.  Vetsnet is the creation of working vet and mum, Liz Barton, to fulfil needs experienced personally and seen amongst friends and colleagues in working life.  Set up as a not for profit social enterprise it includes the following aims:

SUPPORT.  Experiencing the pressures of the veterinary profession first hand, I have a growing interest in the mental and social health of the profession at a time when this is becoming an increasingly hot topic.  There are a great many excellent resources available, but uptake and awareness seems poor.  Vetsnet provides an online resource hub to curate, summarise and increase access to the many forms of help available.

ENGAGE.  Society is changing.  And the veterinary profession itself is changing, becoming increasingly feminized, commercialised, with a rise in client expectation and complaints.  New vet schools have formed, referral centres are increasing in size and number, Brexit looms…  We all (should) have opinions on these issues and engage in how the profession responds, but we are all time poor and have plenty else to do.  Vetsnet seeks to summarise these issues in News and Views, and encourage solutions based debate on the many forums and social media conversations.

VETMUMS. We mums like a good gossip, and what better when you’re on maternity leave than to hook up with fellow vet mums on our forum?  However, the transition back into practice after an extended break (even a less sleep-deprived one than parental leave), can be a difficult time.  New drugs on the shelves, changes in drug licences, new disease trends, new treatment recommendations…. it’s very difficult to keep up with it all.  We want provide succinct monthly newsletters summarising the most significant of these changes.  Whether you’re on a sabbatical, completing a PhD, travelling the globe, or sat at home amongst piles of nappies and daytime TV, our newsletters will aim to have you practice ready in minutes (soon to be launched).

VETSPORTS. Sport is an important element of physical and mental health and we want to encourage participation in and social interaction through sport.  By joining the Veterinary Sports Facebook and  Vetsnet Strava groups members can compare and contrast activities, and create and join challenges.  Members sports blogs and sponsored events can be posted on the Vetsports page to increase reach and celebrate achievements, big or small.

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