We're pleased to announce the launch of a new pilot scheme called Leg Up designed to support those entering the equine veterinary profession. We catch up with Rachel Davis who has been training our coaches to find out more.

We’ve worked with you over the last six months to train our coaches, what has happened and how has it gone?
The trainees have worked really hard in developing their coaching skills: attending two full day workshops, four online webinars and monthly reflective discussion forums. During this time, they have been learning about the importance of presence, connection, active listening and incisive questions in coaching-style conversations. They have also been getting hands-on experience with a volunteer equine vet.

How could a newly qualified vet benefit from the Leg Up scheme?
Newly qualified vets can experience a wide range of personal and professional challenges as they transition into the workplace. The Leg Up coaching scheme provides a safe space for them to do high quality thinking around these challenges in the presence of a trusted colleague – someone who knows when to listen, when to question and when to refer on. This scheme aims to help newly qualified vets develop the skills to help themselves - navigating their own professional journey, in their own way, with maximum professional growth and enjoyment. The scheme aims to help newly qualified vets develop the skills to help themselves

How do you sign up to the Leg Up scheme?
BEVA are running Leg Up as a pilot for the first time. The scheme will only be open to BEVA concessionary members to see how much appetite there is for this type of support among vets and to make sure it helps support those entering the profession. BEVA are creating a page on their website detailing all the coaches’ profiles so you can browse and self-select who you would like to be your coach. Those interested in joining the scheme should pick three coaches they would prefer to be coached by and then complete the short application and email it to legup@beva.org.uk.

We’ve worked with you over the
last six months to train our coaches,
what has happened and how has it
gone?
The trainees have worked really hard
in developing their coaching skills:
attending two full day workshops,
four online webinars and monthly
reflective discussion forums. During
this time, they have been learning
about the importance of presence,
connection, active listening and
incisive questions in coaching-style
conversations. They have also been
getting hands-on experience with a
volunteer equine vet.
How could a newly qualified vet
benefit from the Leg Up scheme?
Newly qualified vets can experience
a wide range of personal and
professional challenges as they