Getting a job as a vet

BVA offers comprehensive advice on finding and applying for jobs in the veterinary profession

    How to find a job as a vet

    If you're a student you may have found a practice which appeals during extramural studies (EMS) in which case you should already have a contact there you can speak to about possible opportunities which may be coming up.

    Find vet jobs online

    Our Vet Record Careers website has the latest job vacancies for veterinarians with a wide variety of roles, covering all sectors and specialties, including companion animal, equine, farm animal, academic and industry vacancies. Vet jobs cover the UK and overseas vacancies, permanent and locum work patterns.

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    Preparing your CV to get you that interview

    A CV is a self-marketing tool, designed with the goal of obtaining a job interview. The information in your CV should be targeted at a specific veterinary career field and address the needs of a specific employer.

    Generally, employers spend only a few minutes reading a CV so be concise and to the point. Your CV needs to briefly indicate the sort of position, title and possible area of interest sought with language that is relevant to the employer. Your CV should summarise your skills, accomplishments and expertise and include all work experience including extramural studies (EMS) placements and electives.

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    Effective interviewing

    Preparation is the first key to being successful at an interview. Careful research about the job and the practice for which you are being interviewed is essential.  

    Knowing about the job will help you to prepare a list of your qualifications that shows point-by-point why you are the best candidate. Understanding the employer will help you prepare an interview strategy, appropriate questions and points to emphasise.  

    A job interview is a strategic conversation with a purpose. Your goal is to persuade the employer that you have the skills, background and ability to do the job and that you can comfortably fit into the practice. At the interview you should also be gathering information about the job, the practice and future career opportunities to determine if the position and work environment are right for you

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    Your first veterinary job

    Vet Record Careers have a host of articles about starting your veterinary career.

    Professional Development Phase (PDP)

    New graduates and full RCVS members are legally qualified to practise as a veterinary surgeon. However, it is a given that support and experience in practice is essential because of their relative inexperience. PDP outlines the standard of competence and range of skills that RCVS expects recent graduates to achieve after about a year in clinical practice.

    We have produced guides on PDP for both new graduates and employers. As this is quite a new scheme you may need to point prospective employers to the RCVS website and ensure they are willing to support you through the programme.

    PDP guides for BVA members

    Employment contracts

    BVA member research has highlighted that many veterinary surgeons enter into jobs where they do not have a written contract of employment. This leaves them exposed and less able to defend themselves if they face problems in their employment situation.

    Employment contract guides for BVA members

    Looking for a career change

    Most veterinary professionals will work in primary care practice at some point in their career, but what other options are available? Vet Record Careers have lots of articles for vets looking for a career change.