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 and enable them to work happy.
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 and career planning
Career Paths, Job Applications and Referrals – knowing what you want, what is available in the UK and how to get it is necessary for you to get the right job and make sure your relocation is helping you achieve success, not doing the opposite.
If you’re in need of professional, industry-specific advice on the best steps for your career, arrange a career development session with me.
I help with the relocation to the UK (and other countries too!)
No one tells you about what you need to do to avoid the stresses of the move and a big dent in your relocation budget – except us!
You want to make sure that relocating is the right decision for you and that you are not wasting your well-earned money and going through overwhelming stress. I work with VetAbroad to do this. Attend our free Q&A session to learn more about what it takes to move to the UK.
I help with adaptation to UK practice and culture
Failure to adjust to the UK is the major source of stress for us and makes us feel lonely and wanting to go back home.
Your UK job will make it or break it for you. This is why I spend so much time providing individual support, both clinical mentoring and personal help, to get you to succeed. I’m so proud of our virtual internship UK VetSTART, I would like to invite you to join it for free for 7 days.