Jess Parkes – Diagnostic Technical Advisor, Zoetis


Posted: 19/01/2023


£31 - 35k


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



Essential Skills

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


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

Jess Parkes

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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.

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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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