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Mrs Elizabeth Law-Bartle

Elizabeth Law-Bartle RCVS Council election candidate 2021BSc(hons) BVM&S MRCVS

Candidate 6 of 14

Proposers: Mrs Julia Creese, Mrs Catherine Graham

Contact details 

Riverside Veterinary Practice, Cradge Bank, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 3AB

T 01775 723 066

M 07734 861 851

E lizlawvet@gmail.com

Candidate biography

I gained a bachelor's degree in Zoology at Edinburgh University in 2006. During my final year of zoology, I secured my place at Edinburgh to study Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, to start in their first ever graduate entry program where we completed 1st and 2nd years within 1 year. After graduating in 2010, I started working at Riverside Veterinary Practice in Spalding, Lincolnshire, a small animal first opinion practice, where I have remained ever since.

In 2015, I went on a working holiday to Cambodia, which I organised myself. I helped out at a local charity, neutering cats and dogs. I met some lovely people who have become lifelong friends.

I have completed a foundation course in veterinary acupuncture with the ABVA (Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists). In 2017, I completed a GPcert in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Management with Improve International and ESVPS. I am a member of ABVA, WVAG (Western Veterinary Acupuncture Group) and BVA. I am also a trained graduate mentor with IVC.

I enjoy travelling in my 1970s VW campervan with my husband and two terriers. We also go running and do Jive dancing.

Candidate manifesto

I was a class representative on Student Council in vet school. I am approachable and good at listening to other people’s concerns and conveying them at meetings. Both my personality and life experiences reflect the Nolan principles.

I am extremely passionate about equality in the veterinary workplace. I would like to see more recognition and better pay for RVNS as a profession. I would like to improve retention in the workplace, and aim to make the working environment less stressful. This is important for mental health which is a massive issue and needs addressing. I would especially like to be involved with the Mind Matters Initiative. I would like to see more cohesion between Mind Matters and RCVS complaints. The way complaints are dealt with also needs to improved. We live in an ever-increasing complaining society. I believe the RCVS are struggling to cope with processing complaints effectively. If we can educate clients earlier on and work with them more closely I believe this will help. I feel that there should be more RCVS representatives on the ground visiting practices in person, interviewing those who are going through a complaint. They may be able to be resolved without the need for a long and stressful disciplinary hearing. I also believe that the defendant should automatically be assigned a personal counsellor who would be impartial. This would give them someone to talk to without judgement while going through the complaints process, due to the huge amount of stress it places vets and nurses under, all while they are having to continue working as normal. The low retention, increase in burnout and high suicide rate are major issues that the veterinary profession currently face. We need to change these things now so we still have functioning veterinary professionals in the future.

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