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Graduate guide: Chapter 7 - Your first practice job

The newly-updated BVA graduate guide is designed for students who are soon to graduate, to provide support and assistance when embarking on the next phase into professional life.

Chapter 7: Your first practice job

Starting a new job is an exciting challenge. There’s lots to do, whilst also getting to know your new routines and procedures. A little pre-planning can go a long way to making the transition smoother and for it to feel less of a jump into the unknown.

This section will give you lots of tips and advice on what to do before you start a new job, if you chose to work in a practice, covering up to your first week in the role.

This chapter contains

  • General preparation tips
  • Practice protocols
  • Basic tips for your first consultations
  • Facilitating second opinions
  • Referring cases
  • Writing clinical records
  • Emergencies
  • Client and owner compliance
  • Concerns about your practice
  • Discrimination


View all the chapters in the BVA graduate guide here.

Graduate guide: Your first practice job