Active Allyship: Challenging Scenarios

Active Allyship: Challenging Scenarios

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: An immersive workshop for developing active allyship by BVCIS, BVLGBT+ and BVEDS

Gallery Suite 10 at 10:30 - 12:00 on Friday, 18th Nov


With the veterinary profession being strongly encouraged to take an active role in reducing discrimination in the workplace, there's never been a more important time to put allyship into action. Unfortunately, difficult situations and discrimination are regularly seen in veterinary workplaces, with 15% vets surveyed experiencing and 21% having witnessed discrimination in practice or education (BVA Voice of veterinary Profession 2021 survey)

Active Allyship: Challenging Scenarios is a workshop, run by members of BVCIS, BVLGBT+ and BVEDS as facilitators, that puts attendees into real-life scenarios, and gives them the practical tools to champion diversity and inclusivity in their practice or organisation. The workshop takes place in Gallery Suite 10 at 10:30 - 12:00 on Friday, 18th Nov at LVS.

This immersive workshop will help participants to develop the skills they need to support colleagues in instances of discrimination, using scenarios based on real life to guide you through and give you tools you can immediately apply to your interactions personally and in the workplace. This workshop requires both active participation and reflective observation. You will be placed in small groups and work through scenarios based on real life, allowing you to experience challenging inappropriate language or behaviour and how that impacts everyone involved

You will walk away from this workshop feeling more confident to challenge discriminatory behaviours in your workplace, a better understanding of why it's important to do so, and the practical tools to execute your actions in the most effective manner.

“Within the veterinary professions, we need to start conversations which centre those who are affected by discrimination. Conversations around diversity and inclusion are not always comfortable, but they are necessary to find effective solutions. Let us have courage to start these vital conversions” 

British Veterinary Ethnicity & Diversity Society

“By allowing people to experience challenging situations in a safe, controlled environment we can help them to understand others perspectives and encourage empathy and support. The sessions are deliberately challenging but are designed to guide you through those difficult feelings and give you the tools to handle them more easily in real life” British Veterinary Chronic Illness Support (BVCIS)

”British Veterinary Chronic Illness Support (BVCIS)"

“We spend so much time in the workplace, it is critical that people feel safe and enabled to be themselves without fear of discrimination. This training gives us tools to cope with real-life situations, it’s an opportunity for us to educate one another and help make better allies of us all.”

British Veterinary Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Tran + (BVLGBT+)

Participants LVS 2021

“Role plays helped recreate genuine emotions" "More practices need this training"

“Eye opening, good to be uncomfortable” “A safe space to be uncomfortable”

"Discomfort leads to breaking boundaries”

“Everyone needs to be an ally”

“Not challenging leads to normalisation of harmful language and behaviours”

“Staying quiet may be misinterpreted as supporting something you don’t agree with”

“The small words make big impacts”

“Impacts of non-verbal responses are really impactful. Speaking up is important"

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Sponsors & Partners

Education Partners

  • RVC
  • BVA

Platinum Sponsors

  • Elanco
  • Hills
  • humm
  • Idexx
  • IVC
  • Medivet
  • Vets4Pets
  • Virbac
  • Zoetis

Gold Sponsor

  • Pioneer

Silver Sponsors

  • MWI
  • GreenCross
  • iM3
  • Petsapp
  • Lintbells
  • Inaba

Wet Lab Partner

  • Central CPD

Media Partners

  • Vet Record
  • Vet Times
  • InPractice
  • Vet Nurse Times
  • VetFile
  • Vet Times Jobs
  • VBJ
  • VetSurgeon


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