Why unions matter to the veterinary profession

Liz Hughston: President, National Veterinary Professionals Union, explains why unions have a role to play in the veterinary industry.

The topic of unions has always been a controversial one in the veterinary practice community and beyond.

In America, the first unions were organized in the late 1700s and the first recorded worker strike occurred in 1768, when journeymen tailors protested wage reductions. Since then, employees and employers have been debating wages, working conditions, workers’ rights, and much more, but consensus has been hard to reach.

We sat down with Liz Hughston, president, National Veterinary Professionals Union (NVPU), and asked her why the time has come for the veterinary profession to join the union movement.

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