Veterinary Careers Advice

  • With the first cohort graduating earlier this year, outgoing University of Surrey Kamalan Jeevaratnam talks about the “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to set up a vet school.
  • Ali Heywood explains how she transitioned from RVN, to lecturer, to principal at the Dick White Academy; why she wants to transform the student nurse experience; how to overcome nerves ahead of OSCEs; and why no education is ever wasted.
  • Vets Jenny Guyat and Emma Tallini discuss the problematic term “work-life balance” and advise on how to establish a positive “life flow” instead.
  • Zamantha Marshall, Jennifer Hammond and Fiona Dowell – of the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine – discuss research that saw students review their online presence from an employer’s perspective.
  • Andrew Rayment discusses this “biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years” that is the culmination of the independent “Taylor review of modern working practices”.
  • If you are looking for a new job, to upskill in certain areas, to stand out as a leader in your field or simply to connect with like-minded veterinary professionals, LinkedIn is a great place to be both visible and heard.
  • Andrea Jeffery started her career on NHS wards as an orthopaedic nurse before retraining as an RVN. Now chief nursing officer at Linnaeus, she explains how she navigated her career, and the importance of education and inspiring others.
  • Caroline Clark wanted to be an RVN since she was a child, but an interest in behaviour led her down an unexpected route. Here, she explains how she segued into such a specialist aspect of animal care, which saw her establish her own business and become a television celebrity.
  • From setting up her own practice to being named Vet of the Year in the 2019 Petplan Veterinary Awards, it’s been an exciting 12 months for Danielle Greenberg. Here, she outlines what drives her and how volunteering in her home city of Liverpool is such as big part of what she, and her business, is.
  • Georgina (George) Hills started her career as an SVN at one of the first day release colleges in the south-west. Today, she is an operations manager for Independent Vetcare. Here, she charts her journey from RVN to senior manager, and explains how the Veterinary Management Group Certificate in Ve...
  • Dunedin Veterinary Centres clinical director Margot Hunter overcame the biggest battle of her life after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, she would like to provide hope and inspiration to others...
  • One of the charity's RVNs, Michael De Lacy Costello, speaks about how the veterinary nursing attributes, attitudes and attire have changed over the years.
  • Kim Rathbone qualified as a VN aged 30. Here, she charts her route into the profession, and explains why seeing an animal and owner reunited after treatment will never grow old.
  • Luke Poore, head of clinical veterinary services at The Donkey Sanctuary, shares how he came to work for the charity, some of his experiences and how he feels inspired to be a part of the organisation in its 50th year.
  • Kirsten McLeod, hospitals director at Vets Now, considers the path to specialism – speaking with a number of veterinary specialists who share their experiences.
  • Renay Rickard – business director at Kernow Veterinary Group in Cornwall – charts her journey from school leaver to becoming the first qualified VN in her practice, president of the VPMA (now the VMG) and taking the helm at a prominent practice.
  • “Public health” is not something one typically connects with veterinary work. So, if you’re not sure what the job of a public health veterinarian entails, this is the article for you.
  • RVN Kay Ritchie shares her reasons for wanting to be a vet nurse, explains why she changed to a new career path and offers advice for others wanting to explore new opportunities.
  • All workers are entitled to a break. So, if you work in an out-of-hours setting, or are regularly on call, it’s important to understand what your entitlement to “down time” is.
  • In a profession that comes with more than its fair share of stress, it’s important you take time out to care for your own mental well-being. Here, we present a handful of tips and tricks to help keep stress at bay.