“While I really enjoyed previous roles, I felt frustrated that in general, vets were not involved in the decision making process within the practice. I often felt I had good, modern ideas that were listened to but not taken seriously or actioned. I know others felt the same yet this was accepted as the norm. There was also no real encouragement to improve non-clinical skillsets, such as business and leadership skills. There were no appraisals, no training within the team and no real opportunities for career progression.
“The Vet’s different. Here, we have a much more modern approach, with collaborative team who make decisions together. Regular appraisals help you identify where you are in terms of your role and career progression and you learn where you can create an even more positive impact within the practice and also ensure that your own needs are being met. As a senior member of the team, appraisals also provide a platform for your voice and a chance for you to give your opinions, where you can talk about any new ideas you have for the practice as well as professional development opportunities that you feel you would benefit from.
“There are real opportunities to progress both clinically and non-clinically. The business and leadership training here is really valuable for experienced vets that are looking to progress to the next stage of their career, but who might not otherwise have the chance to build their non-clinical skill sets which are becoming an increasingly important part of modern practice. The opportunity to learn from experience professionals from a non-veterinary background is hugely valuable, and you feel that your own career development is taken seriously. The training here allows you to grow and learn about yourself; and this in itself provides you with a set of sustainable skills you do not gain from vet school.
“Becoming a leader and learning how to lead a team has been the most important thing for me since I’ve been here. It’s not always been easy but the training and support means that you’re ready to face challenges head on. I always knew that I wanted to take on a leadership role, and The Vet’s made this possible. Your voice is heard and professional development is truly valued. It’s the perfect opportunity for those frustrated where they are now, and who are tired with the conventions and limitations of a traditional practice.”
Jennifer White BVM&S MRCVS Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Clinical Director at The Vet Morden
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