ViVet news: RCVS project requests stories of effective innovation during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) ViVet innovation project is reaching out to the profession to understand how veterinary professionals, practices and organisations have been innovating during these challenging times.

The RCVS recognises that this has been a difficult time for everyone and that members of the veterinary profession have had to adapt and become driving forces for innovation.

The College wants to hear from individuals, practices, organisations and vet and vet nurse educational establishments about how innovation has been used to overcome the challenges that Covid-19 and its associated restrictions have presented.

Examples could be:

  • novel ways that a practice has adapted to continue to deliver services to clients who, for example, are vulnerable or isolating;
  • ways an organisation or vet school has transformed from face-to-face delivery of services to digital; or,
  • changes to the structure or business model of an organisation that have enabled them to adapt to the current situation and navigate the barriers put in place by Covid-19.

Dr Chris Tufnell, RCVS Council member and Innovation Lead for the College, said: “We are living through a time of unprecedented change where members of the veterinary community have become the driving forces for innovation. We have been in an innovation overdrive, adapting at pace to transform the ways of working, of serving our clients and patients, and getting things done in less than ideal circumstances.

“So, we would like to know how, over the last five months, what kind of innovative solutions have you been developing or seen people within your organisation developing? We really want to hear from you so we can share your stories to help disseminate knowledge and ideas, and inspire others.”

Submitted stories will be showcased on the ViVet website and social media channels, so that others can learn from the experiences.

You can send your stories to RCVS Innovation Executive Sophie Rogers, at You can submit your story in any form you like, for example in blog or case study form, and we would also welcome photographs to illustrate your innovation. Please also make sure to include details of your practice or place of work.

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