Making the transition to a veterinary job with pharmaceutical, nutrition, suppliers or services companies to the profession is a common move for people looking to spread their wings beyond clinical practice.
Adrian was joined by Rachel Bell and Jo Brett from Summit Veterinary Pharmaceuticals who spoke about what this journey can look like, the ups and downs of industry work, and how best to make the transition.
Rachel is a vet whose injury changed her perspective on clinical work and Jo is an RVN who needed a change after burning out through the covid years. Their journeys are quite different, but the story holds true – industry careers take your clinical skills and then turbocharge them with other skill sets. They can be challenging and stressful like any job, but the rewards are quite different, and new career paths often emerge within the company.
I qualified as vet from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012. With a keen interest in veterinary business, I joined Hill’s Pet Nutrition as a Dietary Consultant straight after graduating. I gained a wealth of skills to complement my clinical training and after one year went into full time small animal clinical practice, where I spent 4 happy years.
In 2017 a pioneer role became available at Summit Veterinary Pharmaceuticals. I fell in love with their vision at the interview! The job has moved and changed with our growing business but every day it allows me to combine my passion for improving animal health with supporting my colleagues in clinical practice.
I am Jo, I qualified with a degree in Vet Nursing in 2010. I started with some locum work before settling at one practice.
After feeling stagnant and a strong urge to travel I went back to the diversity and flexibility of locuming.
I then took a RVN role in a brand-new practice before progressing to a Head Nurse role as the practice grew.
I joined Summit Pharmaceuticals in January 2022 initially in client relations and now as a Business Account Manager.
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