Professionals Australia is proud to represent the industrial interests of employee Veterinarians in the private sector.
This group of members is part of the Professionals Australia Professional Scientists’ Division.
Why join Professionals Australia?
We assist our veterinarian members by providing advice on pay and conditions including reviewing employment contracts, advising on contract disputes or when there may have been a breach of the entitlements set out in the terms of their contract, helping with questions about leave entitlements, performance management, bullying and harassment issues and redundancy and representing members before a range of tribunals if needed.
As part of your membership you can obtain workplace advice and support from our team of lawyers, access representation at the bargaining table if there’s an enterprise agreement at your practice, obtain career assistance including how to negotiate a pay increase and access to a CPD scholarship open to scientists including vets, utilise your work journey insurance which is free as part of your membership, obtain free financial planning advice, access a range of webinars to support you across all stages of your career and take advantage of a range of discounted lifestyle services through our member savings program. For information on the cost of membership, click here.
Not much has changed since our February 2017 report on the state of the veterinary industry. Clearly there is a need to build a critical mass to create a strong voice for employed veterinarians and with the Australian Veterinary Association representing practice owners whose interests can be very different from those of the vets they employ, vets need an organisation like Professionals Australia to independently look at their conditions and lobby for improvement.
With a strong voice, we can talk with stakeholders about how it is in everyone’s interest to ensure proper recognition and reward for veterinarians.
Once we develop a critical mass, we can begin to address the issues associated with increasing corporatisation of the sector, the devaluing of veterinary work, the problems created in the labour market with an oversupply of graduates combined with vets remaining on the OSS list and solutions to the extraordinary responsibilities of vets and the stress and fatigue many vets are experiencing.
What can you do to help build this critical mass?
Read the message from CEO Chris Walton to find out what you can do next to help.
PLEASE NOTE: We are in the very early stages of determining the kind of campaign we might develop to restore proper respect and recognition for veterinarians. We’re now working towards doing an industry-wide survey of vets in March/April 2020 because we did not receive sufficient signups to conduct our survey of the veterinary industry in 2019 – conducting the survey will depend on us having sufficient reach to ensure a decent response rate. We urge you to circulate this link – http://www.professionalsaustralia.org.au/scientists/2018-message-ceo-chris-walton-professionals-australia-can-assist-vets/ – to your networks so we can increase the number of people who have committed to doing the survey. Without this kind of networking to generate a decent list of vet contacts – that is, without vets themselves being prepared to go out and talk about doing the survey and become more active, our capacity to be a strong voice for vets or claim that we represent their interests is likely to fall flat. We need to develop a plan to address the industry issues and to establish why it’s in the community’s interest to ensure not only high-quality veterinary care but also to ensure a strong, stable and sustainable veterinary workforce including properly recognising and rewarding vets. We know action in this area is long overdue but make no mistake – unless we get the buy-in of veterinarians themselves, we are very limited in the degree to which we can improve the pay, working conditions and well-being of vets and the sustainability of the industry. It’s up to you to join Professionals Australia so together we can build the momentum for change.