If you are feeling lost, start here.

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Are you feeling a bit anxious about the future of your career? Wondering whether to stay in the veterinary profession or seek a new path and not sure where to start? This page will give you some great tips on how to start untangling the worries and what-ifs, so you can focus more on moving in the direction that is right for you.


 
 
  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. We are launching a group career coaching service

A five month dynamic developmental 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. You can register your interest here and it will launch in October 2019

3. 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 vet 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 its hard to work out what you want to do with all these skills. VDS Training advisor Penny Barker presents this webinar on "Working our 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!

4. Find a mentor.

The chances are you already have people in your network who you can approach for advice, but if you don’t we have recently started an awesome mentor match up programme. Drop us a line or jump on the Facebook Group to find out more. We will try to pair you with someone who is aligned with your values and interests. You can find out more here.

5. Find your tribe.

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. Come to an event or chat with us in the VSGD group - we’re sure you’ll find people you vibe with!

6. Come to an event.

Check out our events schedule to see whats happening! We run all sorts of events, webinars, training sessions, Facebook Live Q&As and much more. If you are a member of the Facebook group you’ll see plenty of other events run by other organisations too - there’s always something going on!

7. Connect with us here or on the Facebook group.

It goes without saying, but our community of over 12k members is an amazing resource for you to connect with other vets from around the world, ask questions, get support and explore ideas.

The VSGD group is intended to provide a forum for free, independent and safe exchange of information between veterinarians considering diversification of their careers as well as for veterinarians to receive advice for how to remain satisfied in the clinic.

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

We’d love to connect with you there - hit join to get started!

8. Check out our resources

We have compiled a reading list, and career profiles of career pioneers, as well as practical blog posts on pertinent topics to help motivate you. PLUS we have loads of CPD video content available to stream online, recorded from our live events.

We also have a section dedicated to Secret Support. 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. We are archiving them here so that they are easy to find and share with the people who need them most.

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.