Poor conditions at root of recruitment crisis say young vets
Young vets have rejected suggestions that graduates do not want to work with cattle or in farm animal practices generally.
Helena Madden of the Recent Graduate Working Group (RGWG) of Veterinary Ireland said there were a number of issues around hiring and retaining young vets to work with large animals and it wasn’t simply an issue of graduates opting out of the sector.
“The assertion that young vets don’t want to work in mixed practices isn’t true. I work in a mixed practice and I’m happy,” Ms Madden said.
However, she pointed out that some practices were not offering “adequate working conditions” and that this was the main reason that young vets were exiting farm animal practices.
Ms Madden identified working rotas, working conditions and salaries as the main issues of contention for young vets.
Conor Geraghty of Veterinary Ireland accepted that structural weaknesses
within the Irish veterinary landscape were adding to the difficulties in hiring and retaining vets.