The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging practices to protect vet teams from the impact of abusive online reviews from clients using an innovative new resource.
The guide, ‘How to manage unfair and abusive reviews online’ was developed for BVA members after Voice of the Veterinary Profession statistics revealed one in two vets working in clinical practice had recently experienced online abuse, with unfair reviews the most common type reported.
The new guide, developed in association with VetsDigital, is the latest addition to BVA’s ‘Respect your vet team – end abuse’ campaign, which aims to support vets and veterinary workplaces who experience abuse from animal owners either in person or online, in the form of harassment, trolling and unfair reviews.
BVA resident Malcolm Morley said: “The vast majority of clients are hugely appreciative of the care they receive from their vet teams, resulting in thousands of positive reviews every year.
“While we recognise not every client will have a positive experience and may wish to provide critical feedback, a small number are posting deliberately abusive or unfair reviews. This is unacceptable and can have a hugely negative impact on individual veterinary professionals and the wider team.
“Protecting the wellbeing of veterinary teams remains a top priority for BVA and this new resource will help vet teams to take practical steps to limit the impact of this type of abuse.”