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  • Lacey Pitcher RVN

    Lacey Pitcher RVN

    Registered Veterinary Nurse, Consultant

    About Lacey

    Lacey is an Registered Veterinary Nurse who has enjoyed a varied and squiggly career holding positions throughout the UK in multiple sectors.

    Her career pivots and passion for championing the many ways vet nurses can use their passport has enabled her raise her voice for nurses as part of the British Veterinary Nursing Council. Amongst writing, lecturing and facilitating much needed conversations, Lacey loves helping nurses find their why again. Opening up opportunities and doors for your career and beyond.

    Lacey has lived experience as a neurodivergent veterinary professional and is a sought after lecturer and facilitator on actionable ways to increase inclusion and neurodivergent friendly workplaces.  

    Select speaking engagements are listed below:

    Time Zone/Location

    Uk/GMT/BST, Serving veterinary professionals and workplaces worldwide.

    Areas of Expertise

    Registered Veterinary Nursing (RVN) and Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) careers and career diversification, neurodiversity in the workplace, inclusive workplace,.

    Testimonials

    “Lacey is a breath of fresh air within a challenging industry. Through her years of experience and breadth of knowledge, Lacey helped me develop a constructive way to build my niche within an industry that can be very set in its way. Through pointing me to various contacts and resources, and providing empowerment and inspiration by the bucketload, she helped me obtain a role I never thought I’d be able to achieve. In short, she’s a fantastic cheerleader. Both for her mentees, and anyone else in the industry who hasn’t quite found their confidence yet to reach out. Don’t worry, she will find you!

    Samantha Lympany-Tier

    RVN/RVT Career Power Up Sessions

    45 minute targeted Session

    50 GBP + VAT for UK residents. Pay in your own currency at checkout
    Take advantage of introductory pricing available for a limited time.

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  • If You Are Feeling Lost, Start Here.

    If You Are Feeling Lost, Start Here.

    With these tips, you can confidently navigate the resources offered by VSGD and gain a better understanding of your next career steps. Remember that being "lost" doesn't mean you're stuck; there are always ways to progress.

    Posted: 28/05/2023

    Read Time/Watch Time

    10 minutes

    Who should read this?

    veterinarians, vet nurses, vet techs

    Author(s)

    VSGD

    Region

    Global content

    If You Are Feeling Lost, Start Here

    1. Take a deep breath.

    It’s not uncommon to feel a bit overwhelmed, whether this is stemming from dissatisfaction in your career, frustration around not knowing what steps to take first, or stress about how to fit in something this important around a busy schedule.

    The good news is that there are plenty of people just like you who have been there before and know what you are going through! We are building a supportive community to help guide you through this so that you can ultimately find the career path that is right for you, whether that means Staying in practice, Going on to new pastures, or Diversifying within the veterinarian field.

    2. Create your candidate profile.

    Take action and craft a standout candidate profile with us. This is the ultimate way to showcase your unique abilities to potential employers, whether you’re seeking to make a career pivot or looking to document your experiences and competencies for negotiating promotions or salary increases. We also encourage people to put themselves out there (if you don’t ask, then you don’t get). Reverse Recruitment is a great way to find a role that was built just for you.

    Employers also have the opportunity to showcase their business values by creating company profiles.

    3. Let us help with your job search.

    At VSGD, we have launched a jobs board that provides you with a variety of roles to choose from based on your needs. We firmly believe in the importance of transparency and flexibility in negotiations between companies and their future employees. Our job board features a range of clinical and non-clinical roles, with options for both full-time and part-time positions, as well as the ability to work from home. Be sure to explore our “Interview the Boss” sessions to gain further insight into the employers.

    4. Check out our career coaching services.

    We offer a dynamic developmental group coaching programme to help veterinary professionals gain the support and clarity to take control of their own careers, empowering them to identify their next steps towards a career that works for them. This is in partnership with VDS Training and guests. Find out more information here. Looking for 1-1 coaching for instant results? Check out our career coaches here.

    5. Think about all your transferable skills.

    Write down all the things you are good at, enjoy and would like to do more of. It’s important to focus the things you WANT to do, the things you feel passionate about or feel naturally drawn to rather than just the things you dislike or want to rule out.

    To become a veterinary professional you will have no doubt garnered an amazing skillset unique to you. Think about all the experiences you have had that led you to this point. Many of these skills are transferable inside and outside the clinic, for example:

    • Client management, team management, ability to work both alone and in a team

    • Empathy, patience, resilience

    • Problem-solving, critical thinking, ability to learn quickly

    • Teaching, mentoring, leadership

    Sometimes it’s hard to work out what you want to do with all these skills. VDS Training advisors Carolyne Crowe and Penny Barker present this webinar on “Working out what you want” in conjunction with VSGD.

    You can also check out the excellent session from VSGD LIVE! by Adrian Nelson Pratt on “Stop Selling Yourself Short- A CV and Interview Clinic” if you want help to dust off that CV into something that sells YOU!

    Need further CV/Resume support? Invest in yourself by looking at our CV review and branding packages.

    6. Find your ‘people’.

    It never hurts to expand your social and professional network. Which is precisely why we run fantastic events to facilitate this! VSGD celebrates the diversity of talent, expertise, and skills originating from the veterinarian profession. The VSGD groups are intended to provide a forum for free, independent and safe exchange of information between veterinary professionals considering diversification of their careers as well as for professionals to receive advice on how to remain satisfied in the clinic. Taking action and surrounding yourself with other career pioneers in the community can really give you the spark that you may need. Come to an event or chat with us in the VSGD online forums – we’re sure you’ll find people you vibe with!

    Vets: Stay, Go or Diversify

    VSGD Careers

    Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify – North America

    Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify – Down Under

    These are closed groups, not directly available to the public. Membership of the groups are limited to those with direct interest in the aims and objectives of the group. Members must have a vet degree, a qualified nursing/tech degree, or be students of respective training.

    7. Check out our resources.

    We have compiled career interviews of career pioneers, as well as practical blog posts on pertinent topics to help motivate you and online courses for support on landing that job and understanding the power of negotiation. PLUS we have loads of CPD video content available to stream online, recorded from our live events.

    We also offer Secret Support for anyone wanting to ask a question to our community anonymously. Secret Support allows for safe, open, honest and anonymous discussion of sensitive topics with other members of the community. We cover all kinds of topics and welcome any kind and constructive comments regardless of viewpoint. Email us at community@vsgd.co if you have something that you would like to be shared with our Facebook community.

    8. Let’s stay connected.

    Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and stay ahead of the game with the latest events, job postings, and words of wisdom on how to uplift and fulfil your career. Trust us, your inbox will be filled with career inspo that you won’t want to miss.

    Need more help?

    We are here to help. We have an amazing, supportive community, and tonnes of resources! Email us and let us know what you need. We’ll do our best to point you in the right direction.

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  • Career Q&A: Equine Nursing – Not a...

    Career Q&A: Equine Nursing – Not a One Trick Pony

    Join REVN, Anthony Hall to explore the exciting world of equine nursing.

    Posted: 02/03/2023

    Location

    Global, Online

    Dates

    16th March 2023, 19:00 GMT

    Speakers

    Anthony Hall (B&W Equine Vets)

    Join our Equine Nursing Panel to learn about rEVNs straight from the horse's mouth

    As a small animal RVN I have enjoyed a varied career but it was recently brought to my attention that I knew very little about my equine counterparts and their role. I have made it my mission to learn more and understand how REVN careers vary and about how equine nurses are utilising their #vnpassport. We will be interviewing Anthony and exploring how he has carved out his equine niche and how equine nursing is growing while also dispelling a few myths. 

    Anthony graduated from Hartpury University 7 years ago and has been excelling in his role at a referral hospital in the Diploma lead imaging department. His exceptional skills include performing MRIs, CTs, and X Ray examinations. Anthony is a Hallmarq approved technician, having completed approximately ~200 exams per year and attending 2 Annual European meetings on Equine MRI in Chamonix, France. Notably, he collaborated with the Cannon team 5 years ago to design his hospital’s CT Scanning facility, and has since become a Cannon approved CT Operator. Anthony is also highly knowledgeable in radiology, having spent 6 years under the guidance of Jan Butler (author of Clinical Radiology of the Horse) before she retired late last year.

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  • Amber Fielden – Sales Executive for Meetings...

    Amber Fielden - Sales Executive for Meetings & Events

    RVN, Sales Executive for Meetings & Events at Aviator, Farnborough

    Posted: 20/02/2023

    Salary

    £31-35k (starting salary for someone inexperienced)

    Travel

    Have to travel for every meeting once I have booked them. I am reimbursed for any travel.

    Values

    Independence

    Region

    UK

    Essential Skills

    Previous customer facing role, Confidence & Time management skills

    Amber Fielden

    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 worked as a nursing assistant when I was 15 after school until I went to university to do my veterinary nursing degree. I absolutely fell in love with the veterinary profession and applied to university to do veterinary nursing.
    After 8 years of being qualified, I decided I needed a new career, with a better salary and less stress. I applied for multiple jobs however I decided to do work experience at the hotel I work at, just to learn more about the events profession. A few months later, a job came up and I applied and got offered an interview as I was proactive in doing the work experience.
    I had limited sales experience and no experience in coordinating events and meetings. There are some degrees and courses you can do to have a better chance of entering the profession but I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity.
    I am now a sales executive for meetings and events at a hotel in Farnborough. This role is very sociable and I get to meet lots of people, as well as attend networking events and entertain new and current clients. I reach out to a lot of companies via email every day as well as event planning agencies. I arrange meetings to then introduce myself and the hotel, showcasing what we have to offer here.
    Someone confident, charismatic and loves meeting new people.
    Yes. I had no experience in this profession but using proactiveness and initiative landed me this role.
    1. Work experience at a few places to get a feel for the profession
    2. Look at the different roles within this profession as there are so many I’d never even heard of
    3. Be confident – you can learn on the job to a certain degree
    I knew that if I left the veterinary profession, I would really have to work hard to make it work. I have a mortgage and my own animals to look after, so I couldn’t fail – which was the reason I did the work experience first.

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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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  • Vet Nursification – I don’t want no...

    Vet Nursification – I don’t want no scrubs

    Keen to hear about veterinary nurse diversification routes? VSGD's Lacey Pitcher and Chloe White RVN share their insights in this online discussion

    Posted: 19/01/2023

    Location

    Global, Online

    Dates

    22nd May 2022

    Speakers

    Lacey Pitcher
    Chloe White

    Are you an RVN keen to flex your skills outside of clinical work?

    VSGD’s Lacey Pitcher RVN is joined by Chloe White RVN as they chat about diversifying as a nurse, swapping in scrubs for a different role and all the opportunities open to you as a nurse when your scrubs are off!

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  • I’m an RVN & feeling lost! Getting...

    I’m an RVN & feeling lost! Getting your career back on track

    Begin your journey of self-enquiry to find out what roles might just be a fit for you

    Posted: 19/01/2023

    Location

    Global, Online

    Dates

    21st July 2022

    Speakers

    Susie Nee (VPG)
    Adrian Nelson-Pratt
    Lacey Pitcher

    Join Vet and Coach Adrian Nelson Pratt, RVN stay-versifier Susie Nee from VPG and VSGDer Lacey Pitcher for some tangible career tips and questions to ask yourself.

    Coaching is an incredible tool that holds a mirror up to ourselves and allows us to get to know ourselves better. Powerful questions and tools enable your strengths to be found, transferable skills to be polished and career clarity to be gained to help us take that next step. And that’s what we need to concentrate on, that first step. The journey is as important as the destination. The answers are always inside us, we just need to trust the process. Rewatch this interactive session with some of our career coaches and nurse career advocates to help you begin your journey of self-enquiry to find out what roles might just be a fit for you.

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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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    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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