World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is a day highlighting the rich cultures across the world and recognising the importance of diversity. Celebrated on the 21st of May each year, the UNESCO-led event is used to promote unity and intercultural dialogue.

At E&J, we recognise the importance of diversity, with colleagues from over 50 countries across our business. From Nigeria to Spain, we rely on employing veterinary professionals from across the world to safeguard animal welfare and protect public health. Without these colleagues, the UK wouldn’t be able to ensure food products are safe or maintain welfare standards, along with many other crucial roles being missed.

Moving to a new country can be incredibly daunting, so we strive to ensure that all our colleagues are made to feel welcome and help them to get settled within the UK. Our onboarding process includes a detailed induction, a driving assessment to help colleagues adjust to driving on the UK roads and support in finding permanent accommodation. As well as this, we assist with visa management and provide guidance with passing English exams. We also offer continuous support by pairing new colleagues with an Onboarding Partner, who they will be in regular contact with during their first three months.

Embracing diversity also allows us to learn more about different cultures and find out about a range of diverse experiences. We are incredibly proud of all our colleagues who make E&J a positive and inclusive place to work.

Here are some comments about the diversity within our workforce, from some of our amazing colleagues:

“I love learning about other cultures and improving my language skills. It opens your mind to the language and culture and shows the different ways we have to say the same things. The experience is really beneficial.” – Silvia Trobo Villa, Official Veterinarian, Spain

“People get the chance to know from a native about other countries or even get to know countries they’d never heard of such as mine. It’s a unique opportunity to learn about different cultures and respect our differences.” – Diandra Nascimento, Meat Hygiene Inspector, São Tomé and Príncipe

“I thoroughly enjoy the international nature of E&J. I have met colleagues from many countries, and all are a credit to the veterinary profession and optimistic about their careers.” – Heidi Svensgaard, Official Veterinarian, UK

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