Veterinary surgeons and student, listed and registered veterinary nurses are being urged to complete the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Survey of the Professions 2014.

This year the survey, carried out by the Institute for Employment Studies, will only be available online, and all those for whom the RCVS has a personal email address (ie not ‘info@’ or similar) have been sent a participation request.

Others will be sent a letter, including the survey URL. Those who do not receive this letter by Monday 14 April should contact Lizzie Lockett, on l.lockett@rcvs.org.uk or 020 7202 0725.

The four-yearly, confidential survey provides useful data that helps the College to develop policy, plan its activities and respond to questions from stakeholders such as government and the media.

The survey aims to find out more about individuals’ employment type and experiences, working patterns and professional development. It also asks about aspirations for the short- and long-term and current views on the veterinary profession.

Questions are also asked about mental health and well-being, using the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale. These data will be used to track the mental well-being of the profession at a population level over successive years – a process that started with the 2010 survey – which will feed into other valuable work being carried out across the profession.

Finally, the survey includes a set of questions about 24/7 emergency cover, the answers to which will feed into the RCVS Standards Committee’s current evidence-gathering exercise.