How to Become a Veterinary Nurse in The UK

by Claire Kealy, RVN.  Veterinary nurses play a key role in caring for sick, injured, and hospitalised animals and promoting animal health and welfare by educating clients on responsible pet ownership. Working alongside veterinary surgeons and other support staff, nurses carry out a range of tasks such as performing minor surgeries, administering medical treatments under the direction of the veterinary … Read More

How Do You Know It’s Time to Change Your Vet Job?

by Dr. Becky Nicholson MRCVS Changing your vet job can be an intimidating proposition. There is little spare time to job hunt, there’s a tendency for vets to be self-deprecating – so promoting yourself isn’t easy, and we’ve all heard stories from peers that make us grateful for what we’ve got – better the devil you know and all that.    … Read More

Five Tips for Success in Your First Vet Job

by Dr Becky Nicholson MRCVS Breaking into life as a qualified veterinary surgeon is intimidating, illuminating, and overwhelming. You’re high on post-graduation jollity and pre-payday anticipation. You’re right to be excited. You can make a genuine difference in animals’ and peoples’ lives – what a wonderful privilege.  However, you will know from your time in practice that not all vets … Read More

What Veterinary Specialist Jobs are Available?

by Dr Becky Nicholson MRCVS Introduction The definition of a specialist within the veterinary field is very narrow.  The term has been used more loosely in colloquial language, referring to veterinary professionals who have taken a particular interest in a set field of veterinary medicine, but this is strictly incorrect.  The profession recognises the term to be much more prescriptive.  … Read More

How to Go Part-Time in the Veterinary Profession

By Rebecca MacMillan BVetMed BSAVA PGCertSAM MRCVS The veterinary profession has seen many changes in recent years, one of those being the rise of flexible working patterns. Traditionally, practices have been rigid in terms of their rotas and fixed working hours. But now it is much more common to see a mixture of full-time, part-time, and job share employees. In … Read More

What Does a Typical Daily Routine of a Vet Look Like?

Dr Holly Anne Hills MRCVS Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to be a vet, or what a day-to-day routine looks like for a vet?  A typical daily routine will be different depending on the type of practice and the type of animals they treat. Some vets choose to work outside clinical practice, in areas such as behavior, … Read More

How Easy Is It to Change From Being a Vet Nurse to a Vet?

by Dr Becky Nicholson MRCVS The switch If you’re working as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) and the idea of being a veterinarian tempts you, or aspects of being a nurse frustrate you, switching from nurse to vet could be an obvious move. A career change doesn’t have to mean a new industry. So, how easy is it to make … Read More

What Countries Have a Shortage of Vets? Is it Easy to Get a Job?

by Dr Holly Anne Hills MRCVS Veterinary surgeons are in demand in every corner of the globe. The pandemic has prompted a boom in pet ownership and dramatic staff shortages, as well as forcing travel to a halt. With fewer veterinarians emigrating, vet practices globally are even thinner on the ground. Other political factors, such as Brexit, have also left … Read More

What is it Like Working as an Equine Vet?

Dr. Jessica Putnam BVMedSci(Hons) BVM BVS(Hons) MRCVS  Have you ever wondered what it’s like working as an equine vet? If you aren’t sure whether being a horse vet is for you, this article should help. We’ve asked equine veterinarian Dr. Putnam to explain her role and what it’s like working as a horse vet. What equine vet job roles are … Read More

How Much Do Vets Earn On Average in the UK?

by Dr Holly Anne Hills MRCVS *These figures are suggestive of average veterinary earnings in the UK as of 2022 and will be open to market fluctuations* There is a common misconception among the public that vets are very well-off individuals, when in fact this is generally not the case, and vets tend to earn considerably less than our human … Read More