Useful employment sites

ACAS Helpline 0303 123 1100

This Helpline is for both employers and employees who are involved in any employment dispute or are seeking information on employment rights and rules. A free, confidential, independent and impartial source of advice.

Veterinary-specific advice:


Contracts of Employment – although most of the BVA services are for members only, this page and leaflet from the Young Vet Network is available to non-members.


Guide to Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons

Guide to Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses

General advice:



Business Links

Employment & skills

Becoming an employer

The employment contract

Managing conflict

Bullying and harassment

Working hours and time off

Equality and diversity

Maternity, paternity and adoption

Health & Safety Executive

Work-related stress


Age positive – publications, case studies and research on age and employment.

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Advice and guidance

Guidance for employers

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

CIPD resources 

Citizens Advice Bureau

CAB AdviceGuide – Employment

Law on the Web

Employment law

Unfair dismissals

Employment tribunals


Employment rights 

Maternity and paternity leave

Training Courses for Employers

Find a training course.

Membership-only resources

Not to be discounted – these organisations have been set up for you by people who know the profession. It can be really worthwhile investing in the relevant memberships.

British Veterinary Association

BVA workplace guidance

BVA employment resources

BVA legal advice line

Mediation Service

Representation Service 

Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons

SPVS (Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons) provides a Employers’ Helpline. Visit their website to find out more.

British Veterinary Nursing Association

BVNA members benefit from free advice and support. Find out more on the BVNA website.

Veterinary Management Group

Visit their website here.

Other resources:

The Eight Essential Steps to Conflict Resolution – Preserving relationships at work, at home and in the community by Dudley Weeks.