Advice from Experienced Vets to Graduate Vets: 5 Things Every Graduate Vet Should Know
We asked two clinical directors with a combined experience of 38 years for their best advice for graduate veterinarians. They provided us with a wealth of information, but we’ve narrowed down the top 5 pieces of advice that we feel every graduate vet needs to know.
1. Find a practice with a large team of enthusiastic vets
This will provide you with a good rota and ensure that you are constantly learning from a range of people with different skills and experiences.
2. Have regular meetings with the team
Having regular meetings to discuss clinical cases will be very useful for newly graduated vets. These can be weekly or even monthly, but their value is immense.
3. Always have your favourite snacks in the car
Whether they’re healthy or not, having a snack just off hand will come in handy during those late night calls. Trust the experts, you’ll need them!
4. For surgeries, have 2 cassettes of every suture material
You never know when you’ll run out, so having 2 cassettes of surgical equipment is essential.
5. Find a practice with a veterinary graduate development program
Having a graduate development programme that’s overseen by the Royal College, allows for one-to-one support for new graduates which is very helpful.