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  • Sandra Milburn – Vet, Personal Trainer, Nutrition...

    Sandra Milburn – Vet, Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach, Behaviour Change Specialist

    Posted: 13/02/2023

    Salary

    £21 - 25k starting salary - there are countless avenues you can take in this industry; face to face, online, hybrid.

    Travel

    In this role - none, because I choose online work only.

    Region

    UK

    Essential Skills

    Level 2 and 3 Personal training qualification. Other 'specialisations' can be obtained after (e.g. nutrition coaching, rehab etc).

    Values

    Creativity, Compassion, Authenticity.

    Sandra Milburn

    Check out our Career Q & A questions below to take a deep dive into this career path.  If you’re interested in this type of career but unsure how to take the next step, click below to learn more about our services designed to support you.

    I spent 10 years in clinical small animal practice, before starting my diversification path. My first non-veterinary role was at a charity called Canine Partners where I was in charge of setting up an in-house breeding program as well as sourcing suitable puppies for the training program. A few years later, I started a non-clinical veterinary role with Cats Protection as the Education vet and stayed for 5 years. This was a very varied role and I learned countless skills, in editing, software use, script writing, copy writing, training material development, podcasting and more.

    As a result of the Covid restrictions, my priorities changed and I followed my other passion (health and fitness), left CP and completely my online training as a personal trainer and nutrition coach with NASM.

    I have been suffering with a persistent pain condition since 2016. This meant that I was unable to do any sports (even yoga was too painful) and meant I had to take a few years out from my favourites – running and triathlon. I realised quickly, how important physical health is for mental health (and vice versa). This was again highlighted during Covid and as I am now approaching ‘middle age’ myself, I am keen to play an active role in future-proofing my own health and wellbeing and want to help others, too.

    I completed my Level 2 and 3 qualification online. This included attending online live lectures, submitting tasks and projects as well as submitting filmed sessions showing me coaching a ‘client’ (for once, my husband had to do as I said ;)) I love online learning and really enjoyed the anatomy and physiology side of things.

    “Doubt kills more dreams that failure ever will”

    I was able to fit all the studying around my work, so for me there were no barriers.

    Being self-employed can be a two-edged sword. Not knowing where the next pay-check is coming from can be daunting, but as I have other income (properties) as well, this does take the pressure off a bit. I really enjoy being able to design my own working week. No day and no week are ever the same. I intentionally only do online work, as I want to be location independent. The downside of this is that I don’t see all that many people, so need to make a conscious effort to seek human interaction, especially on days when I don’t have client calls.

    Despite every day being different, there are similarities. I am a morning person, so get up early, meditate and usually fit in some training. Other activities that are part of my days: answering client messages, posting on social media, creating new client resources, client calls, coaching sessions, reviewing processes and procedures, household chores, lunch, programming, research, further studying (there is always more to learn) and/ or catching up with my business mentor or other team members (I do consultancy work for another coach).

    Someone who is interested in health and fitness, enjoys coaching and helping others and someone who wants to have a more flexible lifestyle (portfolio career).

    Coming from the veterinary background, we are resourceful, excellent at learning and adapting as well as communicating and interacting with people. Motivational interviewing is a great tool and one that I wish I had learned about sooner. Imposter syndrome still does raise its head, but like anything in life – growth happens outside the comfort zone. So if this is something you want to explore – go for it. Always happy to chat if you have any questions.

    1. Find a reputable course that suits your learning style (online vs face to face) to get qualified.

    2. Consider working in a gym (private/ commercial) to gain experience, especially if planning on going into face to face coaching.

    3. Get a mentor/ ask for help, it is the quickest way to make progress and learn.

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    Ebony is a veterinarian, vetmed educator, speaker and mentor. She focuses on unlocking people’s potential and building confidence in others through her advisory positions, consultant to a number of congresses, and as an entrepreneur.

    She is fascinated with harnessing technology to support animal health education in developing countries and collaborates with tech charities.  She is also co-founder of VetYou – helping to support professionals in their financial future. Ebony is also a visiting lecturer at Surrey University and publishes work in the field of gut health on whole horse health. Ebony is the recipient of the inaugural RCVS Inspiration Award and the University of Liverpool Alumni Award.

    Melanie is a veterinarian, entrepreneur, speaker, educator, and mum. Melanie loves working with teams to create change, find new ways to think through problems, and collaborate.

    She holds a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College, and MBA in Sustainable Commerce from the University of Guelph, and a Project Management Professional designation.  

    Melanie has held roles in many fields of vet med including sport horse medicine, consulting, laboratory, surveillance, not-for-profit/ NGO, and charity sectors.  She founded the DVM Project, the North American branch of VSGD, and formally joined the VSGD team in September 2022.  Melanie’s MBA research focused on veterinary career paths.

    Outside of vet med, Melanie loves riding horses, hiking and cross country skiing, writing, and beekeeping.

     

    Adrian is a professional coach, speaker, writer, entrepreneur, business owner and veterinarian with nearly 25 years’ experience in the veterinary profession. He has been coaching and training teams for over 15 years. He has coached over 100 people to successful career changes.

    He brings significant commercial and marketing expertise to any project, with 10 years of management experience at Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Colgate Palmolive.

    Recognised as a thought leader in the veterinary industry, he has been invited to speak at numerous international seminars, events, Universities and company programmes. Adrian is also a Director at Vets, Stay, Go, Diversify.

    Sophia is a veterinary surgeon and former British Army officer. She qualified as a vet in 2007 from the University of Cambridge. She has has worked as an equine and small animal clinician in the private and charity sectors, as well as serving as a Veterinary Officer with the army, including deployments to Afghanistan, Jordan, and Germany.

    Sophia’s professional interests relate to the (many!) potential benefits of technology, data science, and behavioural economics to animal healthcare.

    Sophia lives on a farm in the Welsh borders with her husband, two sons, and wayward Border Terrier.

    Share your experience from your time in practice to roles and responsibilities that you have had

    What type of team player are you? If people were to describe you in three words what would they be (great exercise to do with friends and peers)

    These are things that must be in place in order for you to consider a role. Location or working hours are common features here.

    Remi is a stay-versifier who works as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and Vet Student. When she isn’t studying, she works behind the scenes at VSGD to help support the community pages and Secret Support emails.

    Remi has a passion for interprofessionalism in clinical practice and likes to help young students realise that anyone can pursue a career as a veterinary professional.

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  • Mentorship moments: New Grad & “The Boss”

    Mentorship moments: New Grad & “The Boss”

    Join Calum McIntyre & Peter O'Hagan from Vet Partners for their insights into mentorship.

    Posted: 02/02/2023

    Location

    Global, Online

    Dates

    1st February 2023

    Panel

    Peter O'Hagan (VetPartners Small Animal Clinical Board)

    Calum McIntyre (Graduate Veterinary Surgeon)

    Vet Partners - Mentor & Mentee

    Mentorship relationships are so important when it comes to our career – be them formal or informal. The people we pick up on the way can make a real difference to our career growth, confidence and sense of purpose. This is why here at VSGD we are going to start having monthly chats to delve into those relationships so we can learn what works for us.

    First off is exploring the relationship between new graduates and bosses and what better duo to kick off that conversation than Calum and Peter. They actually first chatted together in a new grad support panel in VSGD last year! Calum started his first job at Aireworth Vets and has been taking responsibility for his own growth and development in a new job and early career with the support of his clinical team and Vet Partners. We will be thinking out loud with this mentorship partnership to cover what has worked to help transition a new grad and staff member into the profession.

    Check out a great webinar on setting up for success in your mentorship relationship by the Academy of Medical Sciences. 

    We will look at who to work with and how, building and maintaining trust, contracting and boundaries and managing expectations and goal setting as well as your questions too!

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  • Barney Dean – Founder and CPD Provider...

    Barney Dean – Founder and CPD Provider at Chiron Vet CPD

    EBVS European Specialist and RCVS-Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery at Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists.

    Posted: 02/02/2023

    Salary

    £60k+ (Salary based on income from both clinical and CPD work. Only a small amount of this is from Chiron though I hope this will grow in the future)

    Travel

    My clinical work just involves a 10-15 minute commute morning and evening. CPD provision through Chiron and other companies can involve travelling all over the country and sometimes abroad.

    Region

    UK

    Essential Skills

    Communication skills, Adaptability, Commitment to an idea.

    Values

    Passion for the idea, Love of teaching, Desire to help.

    Barney Dean

    Check out our Career Q & A questions below to take a deep dive into this career path.  If you’re interested in this type of career but unsure how to take the next step, click below to learn more about our services designed to support you.

    I graduated in 2013 knowing that I wanted to become a specialist surgeon. I knew the steps required to achieve specialisation, so after 18-months in 100% small animal practice, I undertook a private practice rotating internship followed by a university rotating internship. I then returned to the same private referral hospital where I first worked as a rotating intern, and I successfully completed a three-year ECVS-approved surgical residency before passing my ECVS board exams in 2021. This was a long and often challenging process, but one I was prepared for. When I finally achieved my goal of becoming a board-certified specialist, despite loving the clinical work I was doing, I felt an emptiness in my career. After close to a decade of working towards a very specific goal, it felt alien not having anything to work towards and nurture. This ultimately led to me taking my experience with surgery, combining it with my love of teaching, and creating my new CPD business, Chiron Vet CPD.

    For as long as I remember I wanted to be a vet, but I always had a fairly untapped love of teaching. Once I achieved my long-standing goal of becoming a Specialist in Small Animal Surgery I was able to satisfy my love of teaching to a smaller degree by training residents and working with other CPD providers. Ultimately to scratch that itch I wanted to start my own, unique, personal CPD service, which eventually led to the creation of Chiron Vet CPD.

    In order to become a Specialist in Small Animal Surgery I had to complete two internships and a residency in order to become board-eligible. I then had to pass the ECVS board examinations to become an EBVS European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. During that training and in the two years since passing my diploma, I’ve worked with numerous CPD providers to deliver webinars, lectures and practical training. This provided me with the experience needed to start my own CPD provider.

    “We work in a wonderful industry, but it is slow to adapt to challenges. If you have an idea that you believe can bring positive change your career, or the careers of many, don’t be afraid to take a risk to bring that idea to life.”

    Surgical residencies are notoriously difficult to get onto in the first place – typically applications number somewhere in the region of 30-50 applicants per place. It can take hard work, persistence, and a fair amount of luck to finally get onto a surgical residency. Internships and residencies involve working long hours, committing a lot of spare time to studying and research, and development as a clinician to build the skills and knowledge to pass the board examinations. Compared to that process, launching my own CPD business has been really simple, it’s just taken commitment, determination, and some excellent advice from colleagues and financial experts (accountants and financial advisors).

    I take immense pleasure from performing the advanced surgical procedures I always dreamed of performing when I was younger and seeing wonderful outcomes. Working as a Specialist in referral practice is hard work though. The type of work and the typical workday might look a little different to general practice, but the clinical, emotional, and business pressures are extremely high – it certainly isn’t easy work. In comparison, teaching and training, particularly in the intimate environment of Chiron Vet CPD, is low pressure and friendly. I love meeting new people and knowing that the training I provide can genuinely help develop the services they and their hospitals can offer, and ultimately improve the care their patients receive. The only downside to this is the time it takes to write the bespoke surgical workshops, but I don’t mind that at all.

    My clinical workday usually involved morning rounds at 8.30am, followed by time to complete admin, contact in-patient owners, and liaise with colleagues about case flow for the coming day. Where I work we alternate between consult/work-up days (with consults in the morning followed by workups in the afternoon), and full surgical days. Then there are emergency consults/workups/surgeries mixed in amongst that. We also work roughly 1-in-6 weeks on call.

    My work with Chiron is done purely in my spare time outside of my clinical work. Because of the bespoke nature of the business, my work pattern can be highly variable with Chiron. The process for each workshop involves an initial phone/video consult with a potential client to help establish what they are hoping to achieve by working with Chiron. I then create a written proposal to send to them. Once we are collectively happy with the proposal, I work to create a surgical workshop from scratch to achieve the goals laid out in the proposal. Then the workshop will be brought to the client’s hospital to deliver within three months. It’s a friendly, informal process, and so it doesn’t even feel like work sometimes.

    In order to achieve specialisation you need to be prepared for multiple years of hard work, pressure, and self-directed study and learning. While it looks like things might be slowly changing, it will also likely involve taking a pay cut and a loss of flexibility, so those looking to head down this route need to be prepared for this.

    To become a CPD provider you should not only be passionate about teaching, but passionate about what you teach. You of course need to be knowledgable about what you teach as well. Then the teaching itself should come naturally. Even if it doesn’t, there are plenty of books to read, webinars to view, or formal and informal courses to attend that can help you develop these skills.

    To start your own business you need to have an idea you believe in, and a passion for that idea that can drive your commitment to putting that idea into practice. I have very limited business and financial experience and so have sought a lot of advice from helpful professionals wherever possible, and likely wouldn’t have been able to become a business owner without their help.

    If you want to start your own business venture, take a long time to think about what you love and what you’re good at, and how you can combine those things to create something that ignites a fire in your belly. Something that you find exciting. If you find it exciting your passion will spread naturally to those around you. Also, remember these decisions and processes aren’t always easy and don’t always come quickly. But if you’re passionate and believe in your ideas, then this shouldn’t deter you!

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  • Remi Onabolu – RVN, Vet Student &...

    Remi Onabolu – RVN, Vet Student & VSGD Team

    BSc (Hons) RVN, Vet Student, VSGD Team

    Posted: 23/01/2023

    Salary

    I work part time in between studies, so this can vary. I also do extra curricular activities i.e. working as a student ambassador for my university.

    Travel

    Not much travel, but there are plenty of opportunities to travel/volunteer as a university student with organisations

    Region

    UK

    Essential Skills

    Adaptability, empathy, reliability.

    Values

    Creativity and event planning - I've had a lot of opportunities to plan events, develop projects and network with other professionals

    Watch Remi here...

    … discussing the VN Passport – Squiggly RVN Careers at VSGD.

    Remi Onabolu

    Check out our Career Q & A questions below to take a deep dive into this career path.  If you’re interested in this type of career but unsure how to take the next step, click below to learn more about our services designed to support you.

    I started working in the veterinary profession when I started sixth form. I became a practice assistant in my local small animal hospital and worked there for a few months before I started my veterinary nursing degree. I loved the course as I got to work in multiple practices, meet other veterinary professionals and really got to become part of the profession from day one.

    I decided to become a veterinary nurse after seeing how lovely a vet nurse was with my cat, Tiger. He is usually a scardey cat when it comes to the vets, but the nurse was so lovely with him. The funny thing is that she ended up becoming my clinical coach when I started training as a nurse. After I qualified, I spent more time in referral practice as a locum and ended up loving the critical cases and cutting-edge surgery. I truly do think that everyone should spend their lives in scrubs. As much as I loved referral work, I wanted a different type of responsibility and wanted to pursue a surgical or ECC focused career. I diversified into studying veterinary medicine in 2020. I have noticed that I always have my nursing intuition switched on though. So it will be interesting to see how i get on once I start my clinical years at vet school.

    I started my veterinary nursing degree straight after sixth form. After resitting year 12, I actually felt more prepared for university. I studied Biology, Chemistry and History but didn’t exactly get the exact grades needed to get into university. In terms of work experience, I spent a few months in my local vet practice and 2 weeks at a local animal sanctuary. I was also very lucky to get a week’s work experience at the Royal Veterinary College to help with their ‘Night at the Vet College’ event during sixth form. It made wanting to go to university real as I got to mingle with lecturers and veterinary professionals from the uni. Seven years on and I’m still studying there!

    My advice would be to be confident in yourself. You know a lot more than you think!

    The biggest barrier for getting into the profession for me was finding work experience. I found it hard to find experience prior to university and even applied to the same place for at least 5 times. My advice would be to follow up with places that you apply to, hand a cover letter and your CV yourself and to research about the profession to show that you genuinely have interest. Getting into the profession takes determination so do not take rejections personally and keep pushing on!

    I started a free mentorship programme in partnership with a soon-to-be dentistry graduate for any year 11-13 students interested in a career in veterinary or dentistry

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  • Yui Tsutsumi – Illustrator and Surface Designer

    Yui Tsutsumi – Illustrator and Surface Designer

    BVSc (Hons)

    Posted: 23/01/2023

    Salary

    Salary from illustrations/pattern design is currently not much yet. I also work full-time hours as a vet. Under £15k.

    Travel

    Around 15 per week.

    Region

    UK

    Essential Skills

    Being creative, being open-minded, being persistent.

    Values

    Creativity, independence.

    Yui Tsutsumi - is an illustrator and pattern designer, based in Sydney, Australia

    Check out our Career Q & A questions below to take a deep dive into this career path.  If you’re interested in this type of career but unsure how to take the next step, click below to learn more about our services designed to support you.

    After graduating, I worked as a small animal general practitioner in a 24hr veterinary hospital for 3years in Australia. I did enjoy a high caseload and learnt how to organise a day shuffling multiple cases. As I developed a special interest in exotic pet medicine, I decided to move to the UK to get more exposure to exotic cases. I worked in a busy hospital as both GP and exotics vet, then worked as a locum around London.

    I grew up in Japan, where it’s not uncommon for people to work in the same company for a whole carrier life, and that was no exception for my family. Since I was young, I have always wanted to be a vet and moved to Australia to get a vet degree. So, somewhere in my mind, I always felt I should put my 100% into my vet career. I spent my day-offs visiting specialist hospitals and doing webinars or studying for further qualifications. But I burned out a bit.

    So I started locuming and met vets who were also studying or working in something completely unrelated to vet, and talking to them was an eye-opening experience for me. During the initial covid lockdown in Australia, I started posting my illustrations to Instagram and print-on-demand online shops. Illustrations evolved to pattern designs, and thanks to the online community, including VSGD, I met amazing humans who helped me get where I am.

     

    I’m still an amateur in this industry and in the learning process, but there are lots of online courses available. As long as you keep open-minded, you can learn and get inspiration from literally anything.

    “I think persistence is the key. I enjoy working in two completely different fields and using a different part of my brain, and I think it benefits both sides.”

    — Yui Tsutsumi

    Once I realised that it’s ok not to be vet 24/7, there was no barrier. Financially, I still work full-time hours as a vet to support myself.

    Getting lost in time doing something I like doing. When I get positive feedback or even just imagine my art is in someone’s house or at work, it makes me so happy. Also, funny enough, I enjoy my vet work better by seeing the positive sides – being able to see and treat cute models every day and having stable incomes.

    It currently varies a bit. I take photos or notes whenever ideas pop in my mind, and drawing usually happens at night before going to bed or on my day-offs.

    Anyone who enjoys creating and has persistence.

    I’m still learning as well, but I think persistence is the key. I enjoy working in two completely different fields and using a different part of my brain, and I think it benefits both sides.

    Recognise what you enjoy, how you are different from others and start telling people where you imagine yourself be in the future

    I am glad that I got brave one day and made a post on the VSGD Facebook Group last year – without support from the community, I wouldn’t have realised people like what I do, and there might be a potential for me to pursue. THANK YOU!!

     

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    Ebony is a veterinarian, vetmed educator, speaker and mentor. She focuses on unlocking people’s potential and building confidence in others through her advisory positions, consultant to a number of congresses, and as an entrepreneur.

    She is fascinated with harnessing technology to support animal health education in developing countries and collaborates with tech charities.  She is also co-founder of VetYou – helping to support professionals in their financial future. Ebony is also a visiting lecturer at Surrey University and publishes work in the field of gut health on whole horse health. Ebony is the recipient of the inaugural RCVS Inspiration Award and the University of Liverpool Alumni Award.

    Melanie is a veterinarian, entrepreneur, speaker, educator, and mum. Melanie loves working with teams to create change, find new ways to think through problems, and collaborate.

    She holds a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College, and MBA in Sustainable Commerce from the University of Guelph, and a Project Management Professional designation.  

    Melanie has held roles in many fields of vet med including sport horse medicine, consulting, laboratory, surveillance, not-for-profit/ NGO, and charity sectors.  She founded the DVM Project, the North American branch of VSGD, and formally joined the VSGD team in September 2022.  Melanie’s MBA research focused on veterinary career paths.

    Outside of vet med, Melanie loves riding horses, hiking and cross country skiing, writing, and beekeeping.

     

    Adrian is a professional coach, speaker, writer, entrepreneur, business owner and veterinarian with nearly 25 years’ experience in the veterinary profession. He has been coaching and training teams for over 15 years. He has coached over 100 people to successful career changes.

    He brings significant commercial and marketing expertise to any project, with 10 years of management experience at Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Colgate Palmolive.

    Recognised as a thought leader in the veterinary industry, he has been invited to speak at numerous international seminars, events, Universities and company programmes. Adrian is also a Director at Vets, Stay, Go, Diversify.

    Sophia is a veterinary surgeon and former British Army officer. She qualified as a vet in 2007 from the University of Cambridge. She has has worked as an equine and small animal clinician in the private and charity sectors, as well as serving as a Veterinary Officer with the army, including deployments to Afghanistan, Jordan, and Germany.

    Sophia’s professional interests relate to the (many!) potential benefits of technology, data science, and behavioural economics to animal healthcare.

    Sophia lives on a farm in the Welsh borders with her husband, two sons, and wayward Border Terrier.

    Share your experience from your time in practice to roles and responsibilities that you have had

    What type of team player are you? If people were to describe you in three words what would they be (great exercise to do with friends and peers)

    These are things that must be in place in order for you to consider a role. Location or working hours are common features here.

    Remi is a stay-versifier who works as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and Vet Student. When she isn’t studying, she works behind the scenes at VSGD to help support the community pages and Secret Support emails.

    Remi has a passion for interprofessionalism in clinical practice and likes to help young students realise that anyone can pursue a career as a veterinary professional.

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  • Dr Gabriela Benderz – Online Medical Tutor

    Dr Gabriela Benderz – Online Medical Tutor

    Posted: 19/01/2023

    Salary

    £26 - 30k

    Travel

    Home office full time!

    Region

    UK

    Essential Skills

    Qualified health care professional, fluent English, clinical experience.

    Values

    Independence, creativity, personal experience.

    Dr Gabriela Benderz

    Check out our Career Q & A questions below to take a deep dive into this career path.  If you’re interested in this type of career but unsure how to take the next step, click below to learn more about our services designed to support you.

    I was a veterinary surgeon for almost 4 years. I needed a career break/switch due to burn out.

    I found a job opening and applied for it. I really enjoyed teaching and wanted to check if I can move towards this field.

    A graduated vet/health care professional with practical experience and fluency in English.

    What are the best bits about your current role and are there any downsides?

    My typical day includes running classes (max 4 per day), do gradings, attend meetings and prepare sessions for the next time (I don’t have sessions every day).

    Motivated, well-organized, open-minded and patient.

    Don’t be afraid to reach out for help, or ask questions. Be patient with yourself. You don’t need to learn everything in one day.

    Look for a job opening, don’t be afraid to move to medical teaching.

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    Ebony is a veterinarian, vetmed educator, speaker and mentor. She focuses on unlocking people’s potential and building confidence in others through her advisory positions, consultant to a number of congresses, and as an entrepreneur.

    She is fascinated with harnessing technology to support animal health education in developing countries and collaborates with tech charities.  She is also co-founder of VetYou – helping to support professionals in their financial future. Ebony is also a visiting lecturer at Surrey University and publishes work in the field of gut health on whole horse health. Ebony is the recipient of the inaugural RCVS Inspiration Award and the University of Liverpool Alumni Award.

    Melanie is a veterinarian, entrepreneur, speaker, educator, and mum. Melanie loves working with teams to create change, find new ways to think through problems, and collaborate.

    She holds a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College, and MBA in Sustainable Commerce from the University of Guelph, and a Project Management Professional designation.  

    Melanie has held roles in many fields of vet med including sport horse medicine, consulting, laboratory, surveillance, not-for-profit/ NGO, and charity sectors.  She founded the DVM Project, the North American branch of VSGD, and formally joined the VSGD team in September 2022.  Melanie’s MBA research focused on veterinary career paths.

    Outside of vet med, Melanie loves riding horses, hiking and cross country skiing, writing, and beekeeping.

     

    Adrian is a professional coach, speaker, writer, entrepreneur, business owner and veterinarian with nearly 25 years’ experience in the veterinary profession. He has been coaching and training teams for over 15 years. He has coached over 100 people to successful career changes.

    He brings significant commercial and marketing expertise to any project, with 10 years of management experience at Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Colgate Palmolive.

    Recognised as a thought leader in the veterinary industry, he has been invited to speak at numerous international seminars, events, Universities and company programmes. Adrian is also a Director at Vets, Stay, Go, Diversify.

    Sophia is a veterinary surgeon and former British Army officer. She qualified as a vet in 2007 from the University of Cambridge. She has has worked as an equine and small animal clinician in the private and charity sectors, as well as serving as a Veterinary Officer with the army, including deployments to Afghanistan, Jordan, and Germany.

    Sophia’s professional interests relate to the (many!) potential benefits of technology, data science, and behavioural economics to animal healthcare.

    Sophia lives on a farm in the Welsh borders with her husband, two sons, and wayward Border Terrier.

    Share your experience from your time in practice to roles and responsibilities that you have had

    What type of team player are you? If people were to describe you in three words what would they be (great exercise to do with friends and peers)

    These are things that must be in place in order for you to consider a role. Location or working hours are common features here.

    Remi is a stay-versifier who works as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and Vet Student. When she isn’t studying, she works behind the scenes at VSGD to help support the community pages and Secret Support emails.

    Remi has a passion for interprofessionalism in clinical practice and likes to help young students realise that anyone can pursue a career as a veterinary professional.

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  • Jess Parkes – Diagnostic Technical Advisor, Zoetis

    Jess Parkes – Diagnostic Technical Advisor, Zoetis

    RVN, CertVNECC

    Posted: 19/01/2023

    Salary

    £31 - 35k

    Travel

    Visit to the office about once a month. Very occasional training day/team building event.

    Region

    UK

    Essential Skills

    RVN or VS with great communication, ability to think on your feet and to work autonomously and as part of a team.

    Values

    Independence, confidence in your knowledge and skills, ability to think on your feet and solve issues quickly.

    Jess Parkes

    Check out our Career Q & A questions below to take a deep dive into this career path.  If you’re interested in this type of career but unsure how to take the next step, click below to learn more about our services designed to support you.

    I started out as a Student Veterinary Nurse at a large 24 hour hospital – properly thrown in the deep end and I loved it! Once I qualified I left that hospital and became a locum, and I was a locum until I left clinical work in 2020.

    After years of nursing and not feeling properly fulfilled within nursing, I travelled and volunteered as an RVN at various animal charities around the world. When I got back, I decided to take a risk and leave nursing for my first sales role. I ended up not liking sales very much – I’m not a natural sales woman!

    All my company asks is that you have a Veterinary background, so ideally a Veterinary Nurse or Veterinary Surgeon. Most of us are Veterinary Nurses with lots of experience in practice.

    “When it feels scary to jump, that is exactly when you jump, otherwise you end up staying in the same place your whole life, and that I can’t do. ”

    — Abel Morales

    It’s fully remote working and an office job – that was a huge change for me. I welcomed it after the horrors of nursing during the pandemic, but it still took some getting used to when you’re usually on your feet all day.

    The work/life balance compared to clinical work, working from home with my partner and my dog has completely changed our life for the better. One major downside is that I feel that I am losing some of my clinical knowledge, but as long as you keep up with CPD that part is fine.

    I’m on the Diagnostics team so I receive calls and emails from clinical staff about their machines which might be playing up, or discussing discrepancies in blood results, that sort of thing.

    Anyone who is after a good work/life balance, lots of autonomy and the chance to work from home full time.

    I think sometimes RVNs can feel pushed out of some roles as we’re maybe not as qualified as a VS. Once we push past that frame of mind and realise we have such a varied set of skills that we need to shout about, we realise there are so many roles that are suitable for us and the world really is our oyster!

    Know your worth! We are very skilled people and we need to own that. Apply for roles even if you think you’re not qualified enough, you’ll be surprised how quickly you start being offered interviews.

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    Ebony is a veterinarian, vetmed educator, speaker and mentor. She focuses on unlocking people’s potential and building confidence in others through her advisory positions, consultant to a number of congresses, and as an entrepreneur.

    She is fascinated with harnessing technology to support animal health education in developing countries and collaborates with tech charities.  She is also co-founder of VetYou – helping to support professionals in their financial future. Ebony is also a visiting lecturer at Surrey University and publishes work in the field of gut health on whole horse health. Ebony is the recipient of the inaugural RCVS Inspiration Award and the University of Liverpool Alumni Award.

    Melanie is a veterinarian, entrepreneur, speaker, educator, and mum. Melanie loves working with teams to create change, find new ways to think through problems, and collaborate.

    She holds a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College, and MBA in Sustainable Commerce from the University of Guelph, and a Project Management Professional designation.  

    Melanie has held roles in many fields of vet med including sport horse medicine, consulting, laboratory, surveillance, not-for-profit/ NGO, and charity sectors.  She founded the DVM Project, the North American branch of VSGD, and formally joined the VSGD team in September 2022.  Melanie’s MBA research focused on veterinary career paths.

    Outside of vet med, Melanie loves riding horses, hiking and cross country skiing, writing, and beekeeping.

     

    Adrian is a professional coach, speaker, writer, entrepreneur, business owner and veterinarian with nearly 25 years’ experience in the veterinary profession. He has been coaching and training teams for over 15 years. He has coached over 100 people to successful career changes.

    He brings significant commercial and marketing expertise to any project, with 10 years of management experience at Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Colgate Palmolive.

    Recognised as a thought leader in the veterinary industry, he has been invited to speak at numerous international seminars, events, Universities and company programmes. Adrian is also a Director at Vets, Stay, Go, Diversify.

    Sophia is a veterinary surgeon and former British Army officer. She qualified as a vet in 2007 from the University of Cambridge. She has has worked as an equine and small animal clinician in the private and charity sectors, as well as serving as a Veterinary Officer with the army, including deployments to Afghanistan, Jordan, and Germany.

    Sophia’s professional interests relate to the (many!) potential benefits of technology, data science, and behavioural economics to animal healthcare.

    Sophia lives on a farm in the Welsh borders with her husband, two sons, and wayward Border Terrier.

    Share your experience from your time in practice to roles and responsibilities that you have had

    What type of team player are you? If people were to describe you in three words what would they be (great exercise to do with friends and peers)

    These are things that must be in place in order for you to consider a role. Location or working hours are common features here.

    Remi is a stay-versifier who works as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and Vet Student. When she isn’t studying, she works behind the scenes at VSGD to help support the community pages and Secret Support emails.

    Remi has a passion for interprofessionalism in clinical practice and likes to help young students realise that anyone can pursue a career as a veterinary professional.

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  • Dr Ben Porter – Scientific Services Veterinarian

    Dr Ben Porter – Scientific Services Veterinarian

    Scientific Services Veterinarian (Royal Canin Australia and New Zealand)

    Posted: 05/01/2023

    Salary

    £60k +

    Travel

    Travel is a requirement of the role, but the amount of travel is quite variable from month-to-month (usually a few days per month). During 'conference season' there are extensive travel commitments.

    Region

    AUS

    Essential Skills

    Excellent communication skills.

    Values

    Collaborative, creativity, ambition, drive.

    Dr Ben Porter

    Check out our Career Q & A questions below to take a deep dive into this career path.  If you’re interested in this type of career but unsure how to take the next step, click below to learn more about our services designed to support you.

    After graduation, I launched my veterinary career at a large mixed practice in Shepparton, Victoria, Australia, where I was a jack-of-all-trades and gained extensive experience in all facets of small and large animal medicine and surgery. I thrived off the diverse and busy caseload and had a particular interest in orthopaedics, reconstructive surgery, dentistry, and avian medicine and surgery. After 6.5 years of full-time practice, I got to the point where I liked but no longer loved being in clinical practice. There were several reasons for this, including owner cost-constraints, long hours, lack of work-life balance, and ultimately the regular after-hours. Even to this day, certain ring tones elicit my stress response.

    I have never been change-averse and have always kept my career options open. As luck would have it, I received a call out of the blue from a close friend who was a Technical Services Veterinarian for a large global animal health company. This call coincided with a period when I was dissatisfied with clinical practice. A maternity-leave position had become available, and I was asked if I would be interested in applying. It was the most opportune time to make a move into the animal health industry.

    There were no specific qualifications other than a veterinary degree and a ‘few years’ of clinical practice.

    The only issue I very occasionally encountered was the perception of other vets that considered industry to be “The Darkside” and that I was “no longer a real vet”. To be honest, once I explained to them my role and it’s inherent benefits particularly around work-life balance, they always end up asking if there are any similar positions coming up.

    The best bits are definitely that I get to be creative, analytical, problem-solve, and collaborate with absolutely amazing people. On top of that, there are many ‘perks’ to my role including:

    • Flexible working conditions, including the ability to work for home
    • Good remuneration + bonuses
    • Versatile role/cross-collaboration
    • Exposure to continuing education
    • Opportunities for career and skill set development
    • Social interactions & networking
    • Travel, both domestic and international.
    • On the flip-side, the travel can be draining especially during ‘Conference Season’ which sees me living out of my suitcase for periods at a time.

    Every day is highly variable, which is something I embrace and love. Most days kick off with team or project meetings, approving social media content for our digital team to ensure it meets brand and regulatory guidelines, replying to any pressing emails, and resolving any escalated or difficult consumer care enquiries. The latter is something I enjoy as you get to use your clinical knowledge to assess patient histories, laboratory findings, etc. to determine the best nutritional support for the patient. The rest of my day is spent reviewing technical marketing pieces, working on local/regional/global projects, providing internal and external nutritional training, driving key opinion leader (KOL) and key account engagement, drafting communication and educational pieces, etc.

    Embrace change, value yourself, trust your intuition, and network. Never be afraid to ask for advice or help.

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    Ebony is a veterinarian, vetmed educator, speaker and mentor. She focuses on unlocking people’s potential and building confidence in others through her advisory positions, consultant to a number of congresses, and as an entrepreneur.

    She is fascinated with harnessing technology to support animal health education in developing countries and collaborates with tech charities.  She is also co-founder of VetYou – helping to support professionals in their financial future. Ebony is also a visiting lecturer at Surrey University and publishes work in the field of gut health on whole horse health. Ebony is the recipient of the inaugural RCVS Inspiration Award and the University of Liverpool Alumni Award.

    Melanie is a veterinarian, entrepreneur, speaker, educator, and mum. Melanie loves working with teams to create change, find new ways to think through problems, and collaborate.

    She holds a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College, and MBA in Sustainable Commerce from the University of Guelph, and a Project Management Professional designation.  

    Melanie has held roles in many fields of vet med including sport horse medicine, consulting, laboratory, surveillance, not-for-profit/ NGO, and charity sectors.  She founded the DVM Project, the North American branch of VSGD, and formally joined the VSGD team in September 2022.  Melanie’s MBA research focused on veterinary career paths.

    Outside of vet med, Melanie loves riding horses, hiking and cross country skiing, writing, and beekeeping.

     

    Adrian is a professional coach, speaker, writer, entrepreneur, business owner and veterinarian with nearly 25 years’ experience in the veterinary profession. He has been coaching and training teams for over 15 years. He has coached over 100 people to successful career changes.

    He brings significant commercial and marketing expertise to any project, with 10 years of management experience at Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Colgate Palmolive.

    Recognised as a thought leader in the veterinary industry, he has been invited to speak at numerous international seminars, events, Universities and company programmes. Adrian is also a Director at Vets, Stay, Go, Diversify.

    Sophia is a veterinary surgeon and former British Army officer. She qualified as a vet in 2007 from the University of Cambridge. She has has worked as an equine and small animal clinician in the private and charity sectors, as well as serving as a Veterinary Officer with the army, including deployments to Afghanistan, Jordan, and Germany.

    Sophia’s professional interests relate to the (many!) potential benefits of technology, data science, and behavioural economics to animal healthcare.

    Sophia lives on a farm in the Welsh borders with her husband, two sons, and wayward Border Terrier.

    Share your experience from your time in practice to roles and responsibilities that you have had

    What type of team player are you? If people were to describe you in three words what would they be (great exercise to do with friends and peers)

    These are things that must be in place in order for you to consider a role. Location or working hours are common features here.

    Remi is a stay-versifier who works as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and Vet Student. When she isn’t studying, she works behind the scenes at VSGD to help support the community pages and Secret Support emails.

    Remi has a passion for interprofessionalism in clinical practice and likes to help young students realise that anyone can pursue a career as a veterinary professional.

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  • Jenny Cantlay – Communications Officer for the...

    Jenny Cantlay – Communications Officer for the One Health European Joint Programme

    BVM&S, MRCVS, GP Cert SAM, MVetSci
    Communications Officer for the One Health European Joint Programme (University of Surrey)

    Posted: 22/12/2022

    Salary

    £28K - 40K Varies depending on organisation.

    Travel

    Some weekdays travel to office and occasional travel to Europe for events.

    Region

    UK

    Essential Skills

    A veterinary or biosciences degree and a postgraduate qualification.

    Values

    Patient, resourceful, innovative and precise.

    Watch Jenny here...

    …with this fab panel discussing switching to a career in conservation.

    Jenny Cantlay

    Check out our Career Q & A questions below to take a deep dive into this career path.  If you’re interested in this type of career but unsure how to take the next step, click below to learn more about our services designed to support you.

    I initially worked in small animal practices for 12 years to develop my clinical skills. In 2012, I relocated to Asia due to my husband’s work, which gave me the opportunity to change career direction. I have always been interested in wildlife health, conservation, and One Health topics. During my time overseas, I undertook postgraduate studies and was awarded the MVetSci in Conservation Medicine in 2015. The five years spent living in Malaysia and China were filled with amazing experiences, as I did voluntary work for different animal welfare and wildlife conservation NGOs. On returning to the UK, I started a PhD in avian sensory ecology, leading to fantastic fieldwork experiences working with captive and wild birds. Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic had various impacts on my doctoral experience, and I made the difficult decision to withdraw. Subsequent time spent doing locum vet work provided me with the flexibility to do a career coaching course, which helped me gain confidence to move forward in a new direction.

    The career coaching was great. I realised that I had acquired many transferable skills from my varied professional life that could be applied to other job roles of interest to me. During my time spent volunteering, I had written articles for magazines and blogs and given presentations at public events about my wildlife experiences to raise public awareness for these NGOs’ work. I gained a great deal of satisfaction from these science communication activities. I also attended some science communications sessions as part of my postgraduate research. To advance my skills, I completed the Communications for Conservation Projects course by Conservation Careers in January 2022. Whilst doing this course, the Communications Officer role for the One Health European Joint Programme was advertised. Since the One Health approach aims to optimise the health of people, animals and ecosystems, this role aligned with my interests. So, I applied for the job and was offered it!

    As veterinary professionals, we already have good science communication skills. We communicate daily to a wide variety of people (the public, non-veterinary scientists, and other professionals). We are often producing written information in different styles and formats, including clinical reports, practice newsletters, client information sheets, practice website content. Many vets are already confident in using the digital world to share their veterinary (or other scientific) knowledge on social media platforms, websites, or online forums. Of course, it would be an advantage if you can attend a science or digitial communications courses to learn more about the tools and techniques available, especially for digital communications activities.

    For my Communications Officer role based at the University of Surrey, there was the requirement to have postgraduate science qualifications, and preferably a PhD, due communicating One Health science from this European research programme. Although, I did not have a PhD, I was offered this job due to my background understanding of One Health topics and enthusiasm for writing. Most communication officer roles would not require this level of academic achievement on application, as it is more relevant to have practical understanding of different communications channels and audiences. I have learnt how to do most of my work on the job, and it has been a steep learning curve! Especially being given the responsibility for the digital communications activities (e.g., newsletters, website content, social media etc.), which was completely new to me.

    I really enjoy deciding how to share this research programme’s outputs and activities to various audiences in more easily understandable and engaging ways. For this role, it is important for different stakeholders to understand how this One Health research programme can benefit their work across public, animal health and food safety sectors. I especially like promoting the PhD students’ work, as this increases their confidence. Since this programme is based in Europe, I have the opportunity to travel for attending some events, as I need to promote them.

    This job is flexible since it is a hybrid role, so I mix working from home and going to the university campus. I have the freedom to decide how to manage my daily schedule and tasks within the framework of the Communications Team workplan. Whilst I work full time, my working hours provide better work-life balance than the days of working in small animal practice (inevitably staying late due to an emergency blocked cat at 6pm!). 

    My job is mainly computer-based, and the downside is that I do miss the human-animal interactions that I had as a clinical vet. I have also found it challenging to take on a website administration role without any prior experience in this.

    I deliver the digital communications activities, which involve writing regular internal and external newsletters, creating, and scheduling social media posts on Twitter and LinkedIn, adding content to our website (currently undergoing redesign), and emailing OHEJP members about internal events. I also contribute to reports, presentations, and compile communications data. Another member of the team deals with the creative branding and marketing for our organisation. Every few months, I may need to travel to Europe for a conference or meeting, so that I can provide live social media during the event, take photos, and gather information for reporting back on it afterwards. A reasonable amount of my time is spent doing administrative tasks. Overall, I much prefer the science communication activities to the administration ones!

    Someone who can work both independently and be part of a team who has a passion for sharing scientific information. You must be willing to step out of your veterinary comfort zone and learn how to use digital tools required for various communications activities. It is also important to have attention to detail for writing and editing of communications materials. If you are creative and like using editing photos or designing graphics in Adobe, making videos, or have marketing experience, these skills would also be beneficial.

    I would suggest that if you are interested in this as a career, you should explore how different communication channels can be used to share science information. If you work in practice, learn to administer the Facebook or LinkedIn page for your company, or volunteer your time to help a local charity produce its newsletter or magazine, or start writing blog posts. Professionally, it would be an advantage have done any courses in science communications, especially for digital communications activities, as it is good to understand how websites and social media platforms work.

    Start creating content, both written and other media (videos, social media posts, podcasts etc.) about a topic you are interested in and initially share it with people you trust.

    Be happy to receive their feedback on what you have created.

    Ask them questions to find out what they liked/disliked about it.

    Review what you have created and once you are more confident, share it with a wider group of people.

    Look online to find Communications courses that interest you.

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