Category: Career Interview/Q&A

  • Alice Judge – Co-founder of Pet Impact

    Alice Judge - Co-founder of Pet Impact

    MRCVS, Co-founder of Pet Impact, A sustainability-focused small business

    Posted: 20/02/2023

    Salary

    < £15k - We still haven't taken any money from the business yet! But this is to be expected when starting out

    Travel

    Mostly working from home and occasionally at warehouse

    Values

    Creativity, Leadership & Resilience

    Region

    UK

    Essential Skills

    Growth mindset, Problem solving, Some business experience/knowledge is useful but you can teach yourself

    Alice Judge

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    Check out the Pet Impact website, Instagram, Facebook and Facebook group.

    After graduation I started work as a first opinion vet in mixed practice. Initially I really struggled due to the lack of support and thought I wouldn’t last a year! However things improved when I changed jobs. My partner and I started Pet Impact as an Amazon business in 2019 alongside our full time vet jobs. We’ve only really started pushing the business at the end of 2021, when we reduced our vet hours to 3 days a week.
    It is really Gavin (my partner) who is business minded and it was him who had the drive to create his own business. I’ve always been hugely passionate about sustainability and I’ve wanted to make a bigger impact for a long time but I wasn’t sure how. I also wasn’t sure whether vet work was going to satisfy me in the long run, due to this desire.
    When my family bought their first dog, Gavin and I became more aware of the environmental impact of pets, leading us to develop our first product – reusable puppy pads a.k.a. ‘inco’ pads and the rest is history!
    You don’t really need any qualifications or experience to become a founder of a company but some things certainly help! Of course, you need an idea, or rather, a problem that needs solving. On a practical level, you do need money! Fortunately we had some of our own as well as family donations! A bonus to starting up an Amazon business is you don’t need as much money, but a downside is slower growth. Gavin did read a lot about Amazon and business in general while starting out.

    On a personal level, you have to be very passionate, driven, disciplined and resilient! Because running a business is basically overcoming one challenge/problem after the other. You need to be able and willing to overcome failures and setbacks and not let them de-motivate you.
    The best bit is being able to pursue something I’m passionate about and interested in, and feel I’m making a genuine difference in the world. I know the environmental impact of pets is a very small piece of an enormous problem but at least I feel like I’m doing something instead of nothing. The next best bit is being my own boss and the sense of ownership and control over my own time and work. I have freedom to take the business where I want it to go and make it my own. It also gives me a creative outlet.

    One downside is the amount of work – it’s a lot of early mornings, late nights, weekends, etc. I also feel business (and being self-employed) is not as secure as vet work. Things like new competition can arise or economic recessions that can impact it. This gives me a sense of anxiety sometimes, especially because I’m so invested in it.
    To be honest, capital is the biggest one. We were incredibly fortunate to have help from our families and a little money from our jobs. If we didn’t we would have looked for investors.
    This is difficult as every day is different! But we usually start by planning our day and prioritising tasks. We still spend some time strategizing and coming up with new ideas. Roughly half the day may be dedicated to the day to day running of the business e.g. answering emails, packing orders, social media. The other half may be dedicated to growing/improving aspects of the business, e.g. optimising website, creating ads, product/market research, creating content, reaching out to retailers and so on. All of this is from home and occasionally we go to the warehouse to receive/send out shipments.
    A driven, resilient and creative individual who has self-confidence and self-belief. Needs to be a good communicator and leader.
    1. Define the idea or problem you want to solve and who you want to serve.
    2. Speak to people and do your research around the topic/problem.
    3. Define your goals and make a plan to achieve them.
    Don’t let your lack of knowledge stop you – you can learn by doing! Don’t be afraid of failing repeatedly and don’t compare yourself to others or let success stories distort your expectations (i.e. it doesn’t happen overnight!).
    Make sure you want it enough, be clear on your goals and why you’re doing it. If you can find a business partner who matches your passion and commitment – that will help you enormously or join communities of entrepreneurs online.

    Conservation Veterinarian

    Conservation Veterinarian

    Conservation Veterinarian

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  • Jennifer Lawrence – Conservation Vet

    Jennifer Lawrence - Conservation Veterinarian

    BVSc

    Posted: 20/02/2023

    Salary

    This varies depending on where you are working. Working for an NGO, zoo, government or private company will dictate salary - Working in conservation is not lucrative in terms of salary expectations

    Travel

    It depends on the projects and interventions required. Can range from a few days to a couple of weeks.

    Values

    Adaptability, Resilience & Creativity

    Region

    South Africa

    Essential Skills

    Veterinary skills & Experience of the behaviour of the animals you're working with most of the time

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    Jennifer Lawrence

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    See what Jennifer has been up to on Instagram.

    I started out as a small animal veterinarian and found that this was not the career for me. Small animal practice has however been an easy career to fall back on when I needed extra financial support. I have not completely moved away from this and do a bit of locuming when not doing conservation work.
    Some of my earliest memories as a little girl are of the bush and the big outdoors. This grew into a passion which took some time to grow and I only recently started nurturing it fully. I had moved through several different careers in veterinary including smallies, equines and industry. None of these really felt as though they fit. As I have journeyed through life and become more in tune with what I want the highest future possibility to be, I understood that my purpose and my career needed to align. And this is when I realised that conservation is where I want to go.
    Transitioning in to conservation, especially as an older vet is not easy. Knowing this and accepting the challenge is the biggest way forward. Continuously knocking on doors of possible opportunity and growing my network was key to get me where I am today. Enrolling in a masters in conservation medicine has also helped me along the way.
    One of the best parts of doing conservation work is knowing that I am a part of something that is so much bigger than me. The knowledge that I am serving a greater purpose is what keeps me passionately committed. Working in a complex environment with many different disciplines is also something that I find exciting. No one day is the same and being open to adaptability and initiative is essential. One of the down sides is that work is not consistent and there can be many times when income is restricted. This is when I fall back on small animal locum work.
    No day is the same doing conservation work. Many of the interventions and management captures require prior planning. Even with this, you need to be adaptable and ready to change plans at the last minute. Emergency capture and treatment also vary depending on the species you’re working with. At times you may have to be on standby until the animal you are wanting to work with is located. Sometimes there are many hours of travel and waiting between captures. A different level of patience is required for this kind of work. And while many days are spent in the field, in beautiful places, there are days spent in the office doing administrative work as well.
    I think one of the keys to unlocking a career in conservation is having a deep passion and commitment to a higher purpose. A sense of adventure is paramount and acceptance that there may be many days spent away from home. To be able to really understand the ways of conservation, you need to be open to the complexity and challenges that come with it. A level of resilience is required especially given the detrimental state of our natural world. Active hope is required to meet this and a knowledge that you are doing your best.
    1. Start creating a network of people and organisations that interest you and get your CV to them
    2. Volunteer your time in areas of conservation that interest you
    3. Connect with other vets who are in conservation and be willing to learn from them
    If you have the passion and commitment to take up the challenge you will find your way into this journey. Be willing to continuously knock on doors and network as much as possible. Be open to volunteering in aspects of conservation that interest you. Find a good mentor or two to guide you. There will be times when you may find you hit walls trying to find your way into conservation, but see those times as lessons and find out what the walls are telling you. There is so much to learn while on the journey. Most of all enjoy the experiences you have while finding your way. Some of them will be more special and meaningful.

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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

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    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.

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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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  • 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

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    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

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    Remi Onabolu

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    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

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    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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    Meet Our Team

    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.

    Come on the journey with Vets Stay Go Diversify

    I need some career inspiration.

    I'm looking for a new job/career path.

    I need some career support to work out what's next for me.

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    Meet Our Team

    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.

    Come on the journey with Vets Stay Go Diversify

    I need some career inspiration.

    I'm looking for a new job/career path.

    I need some career support to work out what's next for me.

    Curious to know More?

    Subscribe to our newsletter and never miss our free events, resources, and tips!

    Meet Our Team

    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.

    Toggle Content

    Continue Reading

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