Veterinary Surgeon and Entrepreneur
Andreia graduated in Portugal and has been working in Scotland since 2015. She has worked in a variety of clinical roles, from mixed to referral, and she’s crazy about cats and horses. She has been working with overseas colleagues since 2017.
Andreia Dias – My Story
I became a vet because I was passionate about animals, horses in particular. The choice of moving to the UK was not a strategic choice, but I thought to make the best out of the experience. It wasn’t easy! I made some mistakes that cost me time and money, and I wasn’t prepared for what I was going to face. I went from a completely inexperienced vet that had never put a catheter in a dog to a competent vet because of two main factors: one, I was very lucky with my first job; two, I had the right mindset to grow, so I was able to see what I had accomplished instead of what I couldn’t do.
But it wasn’t all flowers and rainbows. The profession is demanding and I was coming to the understanding that clinical work wasn’t my true passion. I diverted into feline behaviour, for which I now hold an Advanced Certificate, and built UK VetMove.
My mission with UK VetMove is to give every overseas vet the opportunity to create the life and career they want in UK clinical practice.
Why Work With Me?
Hey, I’m just a girl crazy about horses and cats… But having gone through the challenges of moving to the UK and having friends going through the same, I realised how lonely and difficult the journey can be. It’s already hard enough to be a vet! Since 2017, I have helped dozens of vets in finding a job that they really want and dealing with the hardships of the job, feeling confident and in control of their career.
Qualifications & Awards
I graduated from the University of Lisbon in 2014 with a score of 17/20.
- Master’s in Veterinary Medicine
- ISFM Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour
- 3-month training in Veterinary Management
- Mixed Practice
- Referral internship
- Small animal locum work in Portugal and Scotland
- Feline-only practice
Awards and Nominations
- Finalist of the BVA Young Vet of the Year Award 2019
How We Can Work Together
I help with job search
Applications, Referrals and Career Paths.
Knowing what you want, what is available and how to get it is necessary for you to get the right job.
I also provide support during the actual move and bureaucracy.
I help with your career development
Mentoring, Skills Development, Emotional Resilience and Intelligence.
Take a career development session and see if you are eligible to join one of our career growth programmes specifically created for foreign veterinarians.
I help with cultural adaptation
Living in a new culture is the challenge no one prepares you for and you find no help with. Not until now.
Take our adaptation scorecard and find out the areas you are strugglign with the most and how to improve them.