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  • Was London Vet Show Your Career Development...

    Was London Vet Show Your Career Development Springboard?

    London Vet Show was super busy, so we’re offering you the same career development downloads we offered the folks that attended. Download Now!

    Posted: 27/11/2023

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    Veterinarians, vet nurses, vet techs, employers.

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    Adrian Nelson-Pratt

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    Was London Vet Show your career development springboard?

    As the dust settles on another London Vet Show, did you make the most of it for career development purposes? Or was it a recruitment opportunity for you instead?

    I’ve been going to LVS since the first event in 2009. In fact, I remember clearly arguing with the organisers about whether another show was needed, whether London was a good venue and whether delegates will travel. At the time I was Vet Affairs Manager for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, had a budget to manage and I wasn’t convinced. I’m definitely convinced now! 

    The 2023 edition definitely fulfilled the brief. We’re clearly over the post covid blues and into new territory with the scale of the show. Over twenty streams of CPD to dive into, hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of delegates. It was the busiest I’ve ever seen it and I think there was a real buzz about the place that sends a message – we may have been in the doldrums for a while and whilst we still have problems to solve in the profession, there’s an energy and engagement I’ve not seen in years. I think that leads to a healthy situation for those in the career development space. 

    Several observations lead me to that conclusion, aside from the obvious delegate throng. Firstly, the number of exhibitors was huge and it wasn’t just the usual companies. There were new entrants galore from across the globe. New products, technologies and services were everywhere, suggesting innovators and suppliers have confidence in the veterinary sector, investing in stands, promotions and giveaways. 

    Secondly, the scale of the investments and efforts to engage with delegates. Did you see the size of the sweet dispenser stand, the circus stand or the proliferation of sponsorship? When companies are working that hard to engage with delegates, you know that you’re a valuable commodity, your influence carries weight and that having you onboard is critical in a highly competitive market. 

    Finally, the breadth of content in the lecture streams. It’s expected that the RVC will deliver awesome clinical content, but to have multiple species, referral, career development, business, innovation and BVA Congress streams as well, speaks to the nature of a modern veterinary career. There’s no such thing as ‘just’ a vet or vet nurse anymore. 

    Given all the action, did you take advantage of the show as a career development or recruitment opportunity? If not, don’t worry, VSGD has you covered. We know you had a fab show, were super busy and perhaps didn’t get time to visit the VSGD Basecamp. We also know that a fair number of you won’t have made the London pilgrimage. 

     

    So it’s only fair we offer you the same career development downloads we offered the folks that attended. We’ve taken some of our most popular downloads and turned them into resources just for you. Each is intended to cover one element of veterinary recruitment or career development, whether you’re a candidate or a recruiter. Click this link to download them now.

     

    The Ultimate Guide to Getting Your Career Unstuck

    We’ve taken a coaching approach and provided you with a mini workbook. By posing you questions, giving you space to doodle and then helping shape your answers through reflective exercises, the workbook is designed to get you thinking and create some action. It’s a great starting point and perhaps a first step towards our Group Career Coaching or Personal Coaching Programs, which you can check out on our website

    The Ultimate Guide to DIY Headshots

    Your photo is the first thing people see with your online presence. Whether it’s for Linkedin, social media or as an avatar for an application, it’s critical to make a great first impression. If you missed the chance to get a photo at the VSGD Basecamp during London Vet Show, then our guide gives you hints and tips that are simple to follow at home. All you need is a smartphone and a little time to follow the guide. Get snapping!

    The New Grad’s Guide to Finding Your Ideal Workplace

    When you’re a new grad, asking the question about how your ideal workplace looks can be difficult, especially if you’re younger with limited work experiences. It can be difficult to identify what’s important, so this guide contains prompts and questions that will help you find insights from previous workplaces, school and experiences and draw insights from your past. We’ve included green and red flags too – markers of things you want or don’t want in that first role. 

    The Ultimate Guide to Finding Your Ideal Workplace

    When you’re in career development mode, one of the key questions is what your ideal workplace looks like. It can be difficult to identify what’s important, so this guide contains prompts and questions that will help you think back to previous workplaces and experiences and draw insights from your past. 

    The Smart Employer’s Guide to Making Job Ads Easy

    We absolutely understand that writing a job advert can be daunting and time consuming. Hurdles such as finding the right way to show off your clinic’s key features, being camera shy or feeling uninspired can get in your way. And how do you achieve a standout advert amongst the masses? Our guide gives you a framework to use and plenty of hints and tips to ease the process. 

    And if you’re still struggling, why not check out the VSGD Careers advertising platform? It brings web and social media together, adds unique live events and our team of copywriters to help you find your voice and write a breakout recruitment campaign. 

    Download the free e-guides for career development and veterinary recruitment NOW! 

     

    That’s London Vet Show wrapped for the year and hopefully your networking, contacts and follow up list will bear fruit in whatever step you take next in your career. We’re here to help throughout your career journey so if you need anything, drop us a line to hello@vsgd.co, make sure you ask the community in the Facebook Group and you never know where your vet passport might take you next. 

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  • Networking for people who hate networking

    Networking for people who hate networking

    Networking is critical and 90% of people on LinkedIn agreed, even though 40% find networking awkward... find out how to get rid of networking anxiety with our top tips.

    Posted: 29/09/2023

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    Melanie Barham

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    Networking for People who Hate Networking

    If you don’t enjoy networking, you’re not alone!  40% of people on a recent LinkedIn poll said they do not enjoy networking, even though 90% recognized it as “critical”!  

    As a veterinary professional, you might also recognize how critical networking is to your success, especially as we are in a small field.  Most of the people we interview for our monthly career Q and As have leveraged their connections to land their jobs, or make career transitions, or even create jobs where there were none!  (Check out the replays here)

    Networking is critical as well if you’re a business owner, side hustle owner, or if you’re looking to break into speaking, consulting, or freelancing of any kind.  And how many people have been hired following a great conversation at an event?  

    So, we’ve established that networking is important… how can you make it less cringey and anxiety-inducing?

    Here’s our top tips to get comfortable with networking:

     

    1. Embrace the awkward

    When I learned how to become better at public speaking, I learned that it was always going to feel a little awkward for me, no matter how many stages I crossed or how many events I facilitated.  Now I know that feeling of anxiety and how it will play out, and how I’ve survived it and thrived despite it.  Let’s consider that those feelings of interacting in unknown situations are normal, but just like learning a new veterinary procedure, we get less nervous with time, and we learn to cope with them.  I take some deep breaths if I’m feeling a bit keyed up, and assume a power pose (cheesy but it works).

    2. Have a prop

    I watched my young children do this as they learned to enter new situations. They found it easier when they brought something with them as a conversation starter. For little kids, it’s a stuffy to talk about, or an interesting rock.  As adults, it can be a drink (“Have you tried the signature cocktail at the event?”), or even a statement piece of clothing that someone may comment on.  Even having a business card can be helpful after starting the conversation.

    3. Get some small talk questions prepped

    I remember back in the stone age when I started dating, and you had to call on a landline.  You had to speak to the boy’s parents and then make conversation awkwardly on the phone. My uber organized friend gave me a good tip: have a little cheat sheet of “nice parent questions” and “questions for the boy you are dating” questions banked to whip out should things get dull.  Luckily, there was no video calling, so you could definitely flip through your notebook to consult questions. I’m not even ashamed to admit I’ve used this tip.  “So what was your favorite lecture today?” at a conference, or “tell me about your family,” or “what’s new in your area?  What are you excited about?” Have a couple on hand, or consult when you take a bathroom break.

    4. Be curious, not desperate

    I always advise job seekers to simply approach people with curiosity when they network, as opposed to viewing the interaction as a transactional one where the end result is finding out if the person has a job you can apply to.  I prefer to advise that we approach with open ended questions, like a dermatology or behaviour consult- “Tell me about how you got to your current position?” “What do you like the best about your role?”  Most people will happily answer questions about themselves, especially if you seem interested.

    5. Lend value

    If you have an idea or thing you think they might benefit from, let them know. Maybe a book, movie, process etc.  “You know, you mentioned that you love Brené Brown as an author.  I wonder, have you read any …” 

    6. Segue into topics where appropriate 

    If you have a service or idea that you could offer or help solve for the person, it’s totally great to either gently discuss it at the time, or grab their card to follow up later.  “So neat that you’re thinking about bringing in speakers to your practice.  I love speaking. What topics are you thinking of this year?”   Or “Wow, that sounds really cool; love to see people thinking like you are.  Can I grab your card?  I’d love to stay in touch.” Then follow up with a nice email offering a further chat and some of your ideas or services if they are interested.


    Next conference or networking event, please make great use of your time, and remember that almost everyone there is as awkward feeling as you!

    If you still feel awkward or unsure about networking, or leveraging yourself into a new area, this is 100% an area coaching is helpful.  Check out our coaching services here or drop us a line.

     



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  • How to believe in that little idea...

    How to believe in that little idea you have

    How to summon your courage and believe in yourself. Top tips and inspiring community members.

    Posted: 27/09/2023

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    Melanie Barham

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    How to believe in that "little" idea you have

    Will you believe in yourself?  Will you say your idea out loud?

    When I started writing about non-clinical careers in vet med, it was an idea I kept quiet in my head for a LONG time.  To be honest, I was so shy about the idea, about standing out or being a tall poppy that for a long time I just researched it, getting deep into articles about how to build a website and blog.  Imagine if I had never done anything?  I’d have missed out on a lot of cool things.

    I see this time and time again, where people in our profession have a super idea they are afraid to say out loud, let alone bring it to reality.  Not even letting that idea ever be said aloud.

    Down with that, friends.  

    What a shame it would be to get to the end of your life, career, or year and have never ever taken a chance.  What waste os exceptional brain power- yours!

    Since the days when I couldn’t even say that I wanted to share stories of non-clinical careers, I’ve gained a lot of confidence, a global community of colleagues, and so so much.  

    I LOVE cheerleading people to bring their ideas to light; it brings me so much joy and energy, and I love hearing how people have summoned their courage and done something amazing with their idea.  Most of them, like me, have watched that tiny bit of courage grow into new avenues and opportunities they didn’t even know existed.  

    As a recovering “hide your light under a bush” person who almost didn’t get up the courage to write that first blog, here’s a few top tips I can share if you’re feeling the same way.

    1. Write your idea down
    2. Share your idea with people who deserve to hear it
    3. Take 1 small first step, and then another
    4. Remind yourself of other times you’ve been brave and it’s been ok
    5. Write out the worst case scenario
    6. Watch Ted Lasso (not joking, I love this show)

    If you’re looking for support as a leader or an individual, check out group career coaching in the UK and North America.  We’ve helped people like Emily Singler from Vet Med Baby take her big idea from dream to reality. It makes change possible.  And we’ve got 10 cohorts of success to show it! 

    There’s still time to register for the fall cohort- check it out now HERE!

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  • How to make change easier on yourself

    How to make change easier on yourself

    Here's some top tips from change science (yes, it's a real thing!)

    Posted: 05/09/2023

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    Melanie Barham

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    How to make change easier on yourself

    Why is change so hard to make happen?

    I remember how “easy” it was for me to set my mind to applying o vet school.  It was arduous, and hard to study that much, but I did it with relative ease.  Other change like career shifts, changing how you work, bringing new ideas to your team…. so much harder.

    What gives?

    Change science tells us that change is more successful when:

    • You are in a supportive environment
    • You aren’t the only change agent
    • There are others who are going through the same thing
    • You have tools and support to succeed

    Hm, this does sound like I had the ingredients for success in applying to vet school.  Climb Mount Chore Re-evaluation… not so much.  

    Here are some additional top tips for making change easier on yourself from leading change scientists:

    Examine your competing beliefs

    Kegan and Lahey described the Immunity to Change process in their book (which I recommend so much I should be their brand ambassador).  TL;DR version: you might have a goal or change in mind, but you won’t be successful at making it happen if you have a competing belief.

    Willpower alone will not cut it

    The theory of willpower posits that, “I want the change to happen, so I’ll make it happen!”  But there are very few people in the world who actually achieve all their goals on willpower alone (American Psychological Association, 2021).  It is ONE change model, but for some reason, willpower has become an overwhelming, overarching singular theory.  

    Are you ready to make changes?  Is your team or the people around you?

    Evaluating readiness for change is part of the principle used in motivational interviewing (underpinned by the transtheoretical model of change… say that 5 times fast!).  Turns out, there’s at least 5 steps in being ready to really make a lasting change. So, if you are roadblocked, it could be that you (or your team), are stuck at the beginning phases of change, or haven’t made the leap to the next phase.  The good news is that using techniques like coaching can help you understand yourself and what you need to move to the next phase to make change happen.

    Evaluate what you are in control of, and what you’re not

    Often with change, we expect that we can change everything, or if it doesn’t ALL happen the way we want, it was a failure.  The theory of “Circles of Control” is a useful one to help set realistic expectations for success.  There’s a small circle that you can control directly.  There are areas you can influence, and areas you can have concern for also.  Don’t get stuck defining successful change by things you have no control or influence over.   Don’t get defeated by setting goals that you have no control over.  You can’t control if you’ll get hired, but you can control how many jobs you apply for, how much effort you put in, and how you show up for interviews etc.  Own what you can, and let go of the control of the rest.

    (image credit Positive Psychology, 2023)

    Change can feel hard, whether that’s leading the charge for a team, making changes to your career or job, or simply renegotiating your life and work parameters.  You don’t have to go it alone.

    If you’re looking for support as a leader or an individual, check out group career coaching in the UK and North America.  We’ve got all those elements of success included, for good reason.  It makes change possible.  And we’ve got 10 cohorts of success to show it!

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  • Career Panel: Build the life you want!

    Career Panel: Build the life you want!

    Are you looking for something else out of vet med? Join two incredible veterinarians who redesigned their lives to their evolving interests and needs.

    Posted: 24/08/2023

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    Virtual- join from anywhere worldwide!

    Dates

    Sept 14, 2023 8:00pm EST

    Speakers

    Dr. Amanda Modes
    Dr. Emily Singler

    Career Panel: Build the Life you Want!

    As your career progresses, it’s totally normal to want and need new things, new ways of doing things!

    Join Dr. Emily Singler and Dr. Amanda Modes, group coaching alumni, as they talk about their career stories, how they have worked in life, evolving needs, and new interests into veterinary medicine.

    How did they re-evaluate, and redesign their lives?  What steps did they actually take?  Was it as easy as they make it look?

    Dr. Emily Singler

    Dr. Emily Singler is a 2001 graduate of Penn State University and a 2005 graduate of University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She is married with 4 kids and lives in Orlando,
    Florida.

    Her career in veterinary medicine has included experience in shelter medicine, private practice, and as a relief veterinarian. She currently works as a veterinary writer, consultant, and mentor and enjoys writing for both pet owners and veterinary professionals.

    Her writing interests include public health, preventive medicine, the human-animal bond, and life as a working mom. She is the author of Pregnancy and Postpartum Considerations for the Veterinary Team, to be published by CRC Press in late 2023. She also has her own blog, www.vetmedbaby.com.

    In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, horseback riding, and all things llama and alpaca.

    Dr. Amanda Modes

    Dr. Modes graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and went on to complete an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey.  She then spent almost 10 years working in general practice, urgent care, and emergency medicine, and has experience working as a relief veterinarian.  Dr. Modes is a current resident of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists pursuing a non-conforming residency with Behavior Vets of New Jersey.    

     

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  • Dr. Adrian Nelson-Pratt

    Dr. Adrian Nelson-Pratt

    BVSc DipCoaching MIOEE MRCVS

    About Adrian

    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.

    Recognized as a thought leader in the veterinary industry, he has been invited to speak at numerous international seminars, events, Universities and company programmes.

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    North America/ EST Supporting professionals globally

    Areas of Expertise

    Negotiation, non-clinical veterinary roles, alternative career paths, industry roles, not-for-profit and charity roles, leadership and executive roles.

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    Choose your date and time, and pay in one easy step.

    In your private meeting with the negotiation prep coach, you’ll review areas you want to work on, run through practice answers and get feedback and coaching.  

    After your session, your negotiation coach will send you notes and recommendations to work on.

    The investment

    Interview prep coaching session

    $200 USD/150 GBP

    Available globally.

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  • When something’s got to change

    When something’s got to change

    If you feel like you're out to sea, flailing about, you're not alone. Here's what to do!

    Posted: 21/08/2023

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    Melanie Barham

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    Global content

    When something's got to change

    As a mom, professional, and CEO, I’ve felt like I was on the edge of managing way too much many times.  Life can be overwhelming, and I know I’m not alone.

    Honestly, the image I have in my head at these times is a recurring one: me riding a large old fashioned bicycle teetering on the edge of a cliff with a very thin track to stay on, and me merrily cycling along in a straw boater hat with a glib smile on my face yelling, “EVERYTHING IS FINE!”  Yes, like some kind of Mary Poppins meme!

    At those times, I’ve made changes.  Big ones.  (I’m sure you’re not surprised; that image of me on the brink of madness is pretty graphic!)  Maybe you have lives similar times.

    Here’s some of the things I have done when I have felt like “things needed to change around here!”

    I’ve changed jobs.  Got help.  Been blunt.

    If this has ever been you, or if you’re at that breaking point where you feel stuck and unable to continue,  riding a wobbly bicycle on the edge of “this is way too much”…. Stop your scroll.  

    Come back to me.  

    You CAN make changes in your career, your life, your work parameters and home parameters.  

    Is it easy?  Not alone, no.  Making changes is seriously tough when you’re alone.  

    Here’s 5 things that have made change easier for me and many other people in their transitions to different life and work parameters:

    1. Make some breathing room

    Take a break, get your spouse to take the kids somewhere else, cancel everything.  Get yourself some brain space.  Even if it means disappointing someone, they’ll recover.  See what you can remove from your schedule.  Just go for a 10 minute walk, or do a short journalling or meditation session.  

    2. Pad yourself with people who care and who can support you in the way you need right now

    Know that not everyone is able to support you in the way you need, and that is A-ok.  My super blunt and direct friend is NOT who I call when I need a soft hug.  It’s ok if you don’t have anyone to do this, or you don’t feel like you have the right people in your corner. This is why coaches, therapists, and other impartial people can be so helpful.

    3. Get help- turn towards connection, not away

    Reach out to a colleague, mentors, or a coach.  And if you feel that you need additional support or aren’t sure if mental health struggles are at play, please pay a visit to your doctor or health provider.  It’s not weak to ask for help.

    4. Go easy on yourself

    Being at the precipice of change is not easy.  It’s messy, and we rarely do it perfectly.  It’s ok.  Be kind; you’re doing your best.

    5. Really: please go easy on yourself

    Yes I’m saying it twice for those in the back, and because we vet med enthusiasts need this reminder at least twice.  Making a change in how you do vet med is not a failure.  Changing parameters about your life is not embarrassing; it’s a sign of being reflective and making good choices.

     

    Change is hard, especially when your world is moving so fast you can’t even think straight.  This is why VSGD came to be in the first place!  

    And it’s why we firmly believe in offering support through programs like our group coaching program.  We are here for you if you’re ready to make your career more sustainable no matter your role.  Employer, parent, student, job seeker, stuck in chaos professional, or just as a person.   

    If you need support to get to career sustainability and satisfaction, we’re got life boats at the ready!  Group coaching sessions are available in North America and the UK and we have individual coaching sessions as well.  Check it out below, or fill in the survey and book a char to see if it’s right for you.

    It IS important to note that if you are struggling with mental health issues, please visit your doctor or mental health provider.  Coaching is not a substitute for medical care or therapy.  

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  • Dr. Melanie Barham

    Dr. Melanie Barham

    DVM, PMP, MBA

    VSGD CEO Melanie Barham

    About Melanie

    Dr. Melanie Barham is the creator of VSGD’s course “The Successful Negotiator”.  She’s lectured to audiences all over the world about making negotiation less scary and more effective.  

    She is an experienced business professional who has helped over 100 veterinary professionals land their ideal roles since she started offering resume review in 2018.  Melanie has held senior roles in multiple organizations, and is a director at Vets, Stay, Go, Diversify.

    Melanie holds an MBA in Sustainable Commerce, and a Project Management Professional designation in addition to her veterinary degree.  She has worked in multiple non-clinical fields, taught at the university level, and supported businesses and social enterprises.  Melanie also completed a major research project on veterinary career paths and has successfully coached many veterinary professionals to make their next career move since 2017. 

    Recognized as a thought leader, Melanie frequently speaks on the topics of veterinary careers, negotiation and all things veterinary business.  

    “Don’t miss the opportunity to ask for what you want and need, and to use negotiation as a way to build a relationship.  It doesn’t HAVE to be scary, or filled with conflict.”

    “I was a terrible negotiator- like most people.  After researching, trial and error, and formal training, I got better. I started teaching about negotiation when I realized how few people knew how to negotiate. Confidently negotiating is a way to open so many more doors in life, not just on your pay cheque!”

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    North America/ EST Supporting professionals globally

    Areas of Expertise

    Negotiation, non-clinical veterinary roles, alternative career paths, industry roles, not-for-profit and charity roles, leadership and executive roles.

    Easy to Use Service

    Choose your date and time, and pay in one easy step.

    In your private meeting with the negotiation prep coach, you’ll review areas you want to work on, run through practice answers and get feedback and coaching.  

    After your session, your negotiation coach will send you notes and recommendations to work on.

    The investment

    Interview prep coaching session

    $200 USD/150 GBP

    Available globally.

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  • Dr. Adrian Nelson-Pratt

    Dr. Adrian Nelson-Pratt

    BVSc DipCoaching MIOEE MRCVS

    About Adrian

    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.

    Recognized as a thought leader in the veterinary industry, he has been invited to speak at numerous international seminars, events, Universities and company programmes.

    Time Zone/Location

    UK/BST/GMT Supporting professionals globally

    Areas of Expertise

    Clinical and non-clinical roles, alternative career roles for vets, vet nurses, industry roles, charity roles, student, qualified professionals up to executive level roles.

    Easy to Use Service

    Choose your date and time, and pay in one easy step.

    In your private meeting with the interview prep coach, you’ll review areas you want to work on, run through practice answers and get feedback and coaching.  

    After your session, your interview coach will send you notes and recommendations to work on.

    The investment

    Interview prep coaching session

    $200 USD/150 GBP

    Available globally.

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  • Dr. Melanie Barham

    Dr. Melanie Barham

    DVM, PMP, MBA

    VSGD CEO Melanie Barham

    About Melanie

    Dr. Melanie Barham is an experienced business professional who has helped over 100 veterinary professionals land their ideal roles since she started offering resume review in 2018.  Melanie has held senior roles in multiple organizations, and is a director at Vets, Stay, Go, Diversify.

    Melanie holds an MBA in Sustainable Commerce, and a Project Management Professional designation in addition to her veterinary degree.  She has worked in multiple non-clinical fields, taught at the university level, and supported businesses and social enterprises.  Melanie also completed a major research project on veterinary career paths and has successfully coached many veterinary professionals to make their next career move since 2017. 

    Recognized as a thought leader, Melanie frequently speaks on the topics of veterinary careers, negotiation and all things veterinary business.  

    “Don’t underestimate the things you’ve done and their ability to transfer over into a new role, or the value of investing in ‘leveragable’ volunteer activities that you care about. I love helping people feel confident in their application through beautiful storytelling.”

    Time Zone/Location

    North America/ EST Supporting professionals globally

    Areas of Expertise

    Non-clinical veterinary roles, alternative career paths, industry roles, not-for-profit and charity roles, leadership and executive roles.

    Easy to Use Service

    Choose your date and time, and pay in one easy step.

    In your private meeting with the interview prep coach, you’ll review areas you want to work on, run through practice answers and get feedback and coaching.  

    After your session, your interview coach will send you notes and recommendations to work on.

    The investment

    Interview prep coaching session

    $200 USD/150 GBP

    Available globally.

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