Welcome to UK VetMove
Helping foreign veterinarians create a thriving career and a better life in the United Kingdom.
What do you want to learn more about?
Wanting to improve your English skills while focusing on the English that you need to know as a veterinarian and still keep working on your clinical skills?
We have created individual English lessons specifically thinking about vets using clinical cases and focusing on both the English and the communication and clinical skills and tried to make them affordable for everyone. Learn more about them!
Does this sound like what you are feeling right now?
You’re tired. You work a lot. Long hours, difficult clients, successful cases and others not so easy to deal with. You don’t see your work reflected in your salary.
On the other hand, you also don’t have a lot of time to enjoy life!!! You want to do more, learn more, but feel a bit stuck where you are. You might be a bit worried about changing to a new job – is it going to be just the same??? Will you find a better position? It doesn’t sound like it’s easy to find a good job anywhere and specialising sounds even harder…
Or maybe you have always wanted to work in clinical practice, but… it just didn’t happen… and now? Pfff too late, you think… but maybe, if someone could teach you, you could get back on track with your dreams…
So you keep dreaming…
You may have thought about moving to the United Kingdom… they speak English – and so do you!
They are known for high standards in clinical practice, with many clients insured. There are referral centres and you can go through the specialisation route – something that might be very hard or impossible back home!
The caseload is high, you hear about getting so much experience and getting good salaries with a good life balance… But is it true?
And even if it is, it still sounds challenging! Where do you even start? How do you transfer your Veterinary Degree? And do you have enough experience to actually get a job? Where do you look for jobs? Heck, what type of jobs are even there? And where will you move to, do you have money to afford all of this?… Sure you keep dreaming about it… but could you do it?…
If I did it, so can you!
Hi. My name is Andreia. I’m also a Veterinary Surgeon. I’m Portuguese but I started my career in Scotland.
I graduated at the end of 2014. I totally wanted to be a horse vet (I love horses!) so I had spent 4 months at an equine hospital in Scotland during my degree. That was it, that was my clinical experience! No other curricular training, no small animal “internships”!
But I got a job in mixed practice in April 2015 after my first job interview, with zero small animal experience! I learnt my technical skills and my surgical skills on that first job. I appreciate how lucky I was! After that, I got a rotating internship at a small animal referral hospital, a highly sought placement and place.
And I’m here now.
I started this website when I was still on my first job. I wanted to do more and I figured I was best positioned to help other people on a similar journey. Why? Because some things you learn by experience (and you learn them the hard way!), but some others you’d be quite glad to know before! Fear can be paralyzing and sometimes you don’t realize that’s what’s holding you back!
I’m here to share my experience and knowledge and to help you answer those questions that are holding you back. I did this back in 2014, straight out of Uni, without having ever placed an IV on a cat!
And you can do it now!
While I’m not a recruiter, I understand the importance of your first UK-based job – get it right, you’re on a high; get it wrong, it could be the highway to hell! This is why I’m so passionate about guiding others through the secrets and traps of job searching and helping them find the job that fits their career goals and they can succeed at. So if you are interested in this, make sure you talk to me to see if what you want can happen by working together with me in a personalised and individual 1-month long program.
The latest blog articles…
Veterinary training is a constant in our lives… In many countries, it’s even a requirement that we vets are kept up to date with our knowledge (as is the case in the UK, where we have to comply with CPD requirements). And there’s a wide range of conferences held in...read more
"My Real Life Journey" On this article which is the first of a series of articles featuring the foreign veterinary community working in the United Kingdom, we meet Sara Basto and find out what she experienced during her transition into a new country. A Path into...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!
Are you struggling to get your head around what you need to do in order to finally be able to work in the UK? Stuck with your RCVS registration and unsure what do to? Or just looking for a quick and easy way to do it?
We have compiled all the steps for you in an easy-to-follow way and with support information to answer your questions on the spot! 🙂
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.African Proverb
What else do you need help with?
We understand the journey can be confusing and overwhelming (and, simply put, turn out quite bad if things go wrong!). We also understand the power of support, guidance and mentoring – so we try to help you with what you need, whatever that might be! If you’ve got a problem, we will try to help you! We can help you with your RCVS registration, job application or even coach you through the move and clinical and professional aspects of working in the UK.
The rules of the game are different in the UK – if you are applying for jobs, you will need to play by their rules to get them.
But how do you learn about them? If you want to do this yourself, you can get some guidance through the downloadable guide that Andreia wrote on how to create successful job applications for the UK market – even comes with a CV template for you!
Were you ever taught how to create a CV? Want to make sure yours is right for the job you are applying for? Andreia has created a super-useful and affordable CV proofreading service. Not only you get your English correct, you also get your CV put in the “UK way”! And ten times cheaper than similar services offered in the UK!
You may not have heard about cover letters, but they are what gets you real interviews (like, the ones you have a chance at). They can be tricky to build, or maybe you just want to make sure yours is highlighting the best of you. Again, Andreia has a proofreading (and tailoring) service for you to make sure you get it right! 🙂
The thought of starting a new life in a new country can be overwhelming. But what if you didn’t have to do it on your own? What if you could have help and support to not just get a new career, but also a new life? Andreia dedicates some of her time to individually helping colleagues struggling with the move – from sharing clinical knowledge, to finding the right job and also the right places, this might be the answer to your prayers! This particular program is highly intense (4-month long) so she might not always have vacancies – make sure you talk to her if you are interested!
Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.Paul Ryan
Our Facebook community offers a warm place for you to share your questions and experiences and learn more about what life looks like in the UK.
Meet other like-minded foreign vets and students striving for a better life and a career abroad in the UK.
(Being a vet or a vet student is the only requirement to join the group)