Welcome to UK VetMove
Giving foreign veterinarians the resources to build a thriving career and a fulfilled life in the United Kingdom.
The top three problems foreign vets face when starting their UK career are…
Many employers feel that foreign vets don’t have good knowledge and fluency in spoken English regarding common conversation topics, but also struggle with technical (medical) English.
Differences in culture and difficulties with the language mean foreign vets struggle to clearly communicate with team members and clients and are more likely to receive a complaint.
Young foreign vets usually have significantly less clinical skills (especially surgical skills) and are not familiar with the particular differences of applying those skills in the United Kingdom.
This is How UK VetMove Helps
Aiming to give you the tools for success. And help others help your success too.
Bitesize online lessons specifically written for vets that focus both on English but also on the clinical aspect of the profession.
Group English Classes
A monthly subscription providing you access to 4 group classes with other vets to practise speaking English.
Mentoring and Coaching for Clinical Practice
Starting out your first UK job and worried about not knowing what to do? If you are in small animal practice, this 6-week mentorship programme will help you get on track.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.African Proverb
UK VetMove also has an award-winning blog!
"My Real Life Journey" This week we meet with Sara Gouveia, who came from Portugal to start a career in mixed practice in the UK and is also starting out her own website with her experiences in clinical practice. Looking for career satisfaction Sara is a...read more
This article focuses on some of the things you will encounter as a veterinary professional in the UK, which you may not have been prepared for or thought about before moving over. This is because many of the topics we will cover are not easy to “learn about” when you...read more
With opinions and highlighting a little bit of everything, there’s probably a blog covering your question – wondering how to improve your x-ray reading skills? What corporate practices are? How insurance works? What are recruitment agencies? We’ve got you covered! And if it’s not there, let us know!
And who am I?…
Hi. My name is Andreia. I’m also a Veterinary Surgeon. I’m Portuguese but I started my career in Scotland back in 2015.
I was determined to get a job and after persisting I found one. It was only as I spoke to other friends in other parts of the country that I realised how lucky I was – I got a job with zero clinical experience where I was able to learn all that has turned me into a confident and competent vet… while my friends left their jobs 3 months into them as they were told to take on emergency surgeries on their own, despite having been “promised” support.
I continued to work in clinical practice and decided to take on a more specialised approach, so I got a rotating internship at a small animal referral hospital, a highly sought placement and place, where I was able to learn even more.
By then, UK VetMove already existed. I created it using my knowledge and experience to guide other vets struggling with the process. Since 2017, when UK VetMove first started, I have helped our colleagues create top notch job applications, find the right jobs, learn the right clinical skills and finally move to a completely new country to create the life and career they have dreamt of.
Is it your turn now?
Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.Paul Ryan
You’re not alone in your adventure! Within this website, you will find a series of forums to ask for help with clinical cases, job searching, share your experiences and study for the RCVS examination.
Meet other like-minded foreign vets and students striving for a better life and a career abroad in the UK.