ChatterBank0 min ago
legal working hours???
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That's the nature of the profession I'm afraid. I know people who recently worked nearly 4 weeks without a day off due to staff problems. Animals don't stop getting sick just because vets and vet nurses want time off.
If veterinary practices were to adhere strictly to working time rules, they would have to increase their charges massively to afford the extra staff - ultimately it will be the animals that suffer.
That, my friend, is why veterinary medicine is a vocation, not just a job.
curiosity - I agree with you - in principle.
But the fact is that pet owners are simply not prepared to pay out for the full costs of such staffing. The NHS is a wonderful thing but it means that people in the UK have no concept of the real cost of healthcare.
I entered this profession because I wanted to help animals and because I have a genuine interest in the science of it and because I care. I accept that as part of a big team in practice, we all do extra because we're all needed to. Part of the reason the rest of the team I mentioned in my earlier post had to work for nearly a month without rest is because another member of staff decided they had issues with working time! So while they enjoyed their time off with their feet up, everyone else had to make huge sacrifices of personal time to cover for them.
I guess we could all down tools and insist that we're finishing work at 5pm on the dot ... but it wouldn't be fair on those that depend on us. To do so would cripple the profession.
I guess the long and the short of it is that if you begrudge working long hours then you shouldn't be in a profession that demands such committment and operates out-of-hours. It's never been a secret that life's like this for a vet or nurse.
The upper permissable limit for an average working week is 48 hours, so 43 hours, while I personally feel is excessive, is not illegal. Of course, you would need to refer to the specific wording of your contract as to whether you were being treated unfairly.
You are entitled to one full day off per week. It is possible to arrange this to two days off per fortnight if you wish but as I understand it, that is up to you - not your employer.
Young workers (those aged over minimum school leaving age but under 18) have extra rights, including, a maximum 8 hour working day & a minimum of two days off per week.
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as you are in the profession yourself eels, do you know anything about the cuts in government funding for the education of vet nurses? if it only affects the company i am in now i may need to look for a new job as the fees are very high!!