Flexible Working in Practice: what you told us
Silvia Janska, SPVS & Flexee and Jessica May, Flexee

Silvia Janska BSc(Hons) MSc BVetMed PgCertVBM MRCVS

Silvia obtained a BSc in Veterinary Science and a MSc in Wild Animal Biology prior to graduation with a vet degree from RVC in 2014. Throughout her 8-year education at the RVC, she also worked in their e-Media department on various projects that enhanced student learning. After graduating she completed an equine internship and a Certificate in Veterinary Business Management at Liverpool University. Alongside her primary career as an ambulatory equine vet, Silvia also consults within the animal health industry (www.innoveting.com) and leads a project on flexible working in the vet profession (www.flexee.vet).

Jessica May, MRCVS

Jessica has a veterinary foundation in mixed and equine practice having spent seven years working in the United Kingdom and in Hong Kong. Having worked in a variety of clinics, she has experience of first opinion, referral hospital and charity settings. In 2019, she joined the independent Swedish telemedicine company, FirstVet, to launch their pioneering service in the UK. Jessica has a strong interest in flexible working and how it can benefit veterinary professionals and businesses. Jessica qualified as a vet from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012 with a degree in veterinary sciences and a graduate degree in veterinary medicine.

Session Synopses

Do you offer flexible working to your team? If not, why not?  Silvia Janska and Jessica May have had over 500 responses from employers and employees to their industry wide survey about flexible working. Their results show there is a strong demand for flexible working from both employers and employees. During their research they have met practices who have risen to the challenge and tested solutions to offer more flexibility for their staff. However, many employers are still reluctant to test new approaches, citing such things as complex rotas and a concern about fairness to all. Further, there still seems to be some misunderstanding about what flexible working means and the benefits it can bring when it works well. In this session, Silvia and Jessica will pose the question ‘Could flexible working work in my practice while sustaining a profitable business and keeping a unified team?’.