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English Lessons for foreign veterinarians

For those who are not native English speakers, communicating with clients and owners can be challenging when you move to a different country. So practise your English skills as well as your clinical skills using examples easily found during “real life”.

Mixing English skills with clinical skills to help you develop confidence

Communication is a pillar in veterinary work, but so are skills – these different level lessons were created to help you with both.

Why do you need to care?

Poor communication skills and poor clinical skills are two of the main reasons for foreign veterinarians to fail in their job search, failing in securing a job, as well as giving up and returning back to their home countries.

It’s also not easy to improve any of those skills – and we aim to change that.

I’ve partnered up with Jeff Thompson, an English teacher that is also close to the veterinary world to provide you with a way to improve both your language but also your communication skills and your clinical skills.

How the lessons help you

Different difficulty levels

So you can learn something regardless of your level of English (and clinical practice!).

Listen, read and learn

Lessons have audio, notes and exercises.

Preparing you for the real world

Lessons use scenarios commonly encountered in clinical practice in the UK.

Pick and choose

Lessons can be bought individually or together, making it more affordable for you and allowing you to choose different lessons/themes that interest you.

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Learn how people speak

The lessons aim to show “real life” conversation using common expressions that are not usually found in scientific journals or scripted conversations.

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Gain contact with clinical practice in the UK

Many aspects of the profession are different from your own country. The lessons aim to reflect the reality of clinical practice in the UK.

The lessons will help you

Increase your confidence in your clinical skills…

Establish better relations with the clients…

Explain clients what to do and expect and increase compliance…

Helping you feel more competent, become an asset to the clinic and retain and attract more clients.

What a fantastic job you’ve made – it was a great pleasure to browse this lesson.

Dariusz

Poland

The audio was very useful to train the ear and I really liked the abbreviations exercise.

How it works

  1. You choose the level and lesson you want to take
  2. You purchase the lesson or the bundle
  3. Log in your account and go to the lesson
  4. Go through the materials, notes and exercises
  5. Finish the lesson and get a certificate – great for CPD! 😀

Who is it for?

  • For vets that want to work in the UK and improve their language skills.
  • For vets already in the UK that are struggling to communicate with clients.
  • For vets that want to learn more about clinical practice in the UK and how to deal with clinical cases and communicate with clients and owners.
  • For vets with an intermediate level of English.

Who is it NOT for?

  • Vets with a basic level of English (these lessons may be too advanced for you).
  • Vets with a highly advanced level of English (these lessons may be redundant).
  • Vets that are comfortable with their communication skills in a clinical context.
  • Vets that are looking to significantly deepen their knowledge on dealing with clinical presentations (the lessons might not be detailed enough)

Choose your lesson!

Each individual lesson costs 20€+VAT (which is applied according to your country).

Intermediate Level | “In the Consultation Room”

For this consultation, a client brings a young dog that has been vomiting. The vet collects the history, discusses the options and offers a treatment plan.

English Practice – idioms, pronouns, grammar

Integrating communication with clinical practice – history taking, examination, client communication, abbreviations

On this consultation, the vet is presented with a young patient that has been having an acute gastrointestinal upset and is collapsed. The vet collects the history, discusses the problems and risks of what is happening and offers a treatment plan.

English Practice – idioms, greeting, grammar

Integrating communication with clinical practice – sensitive information, informed consent, vaccinations, shock, clinical records and technical language

Advanced Level | “A shocky appointment”

Intermediate Level | “A Routine Surgery”

On this lesson, Daisy is going for surgery and the vet is discussing what will happen before and during surgery with the owner, as well as agreeing on some details over the perioperative care. 

English Practice – idioms, grammar (conditional tenses and future tenses)

Integrating communication with clinical practice – neutering, surgical techniques, routine anaesthesia, client communication and informed consent, abbreviations and technical language

This time, the vet is reaching out to the owner by phone to discuss some test results and treatment options for the patient.

English Practice – idiomatic language, question tags, short answers, modal verbs

Integrating communication with clinical practice – technical language, analysing urine samples, common urinary problems in 1st opinion practice

Intermediate Level | “On the Phone”

Inside the lessons

The Conversation

Each lesson has an audio with a transcript that forms the basis of the study and exercises.

English Practice

This module covers different subjects within the English language and allows you to practise your English skills with exercises.

Communication and clinical practice

This module focuses on the approach to the clinical case and also how to communicate effectively with the client.

Who is guiding you?

Jeff Thompson

Jeff Thompson

Jeff is an English teacher with a vet in the family and a background as a professional actor. He has created an English book and offers private English lessons. He’s responsible for the language content and exercises in the lessons.

Andreia Dias

Andreia Dias

Andreia is a vet working in Scotland since 2015 in various roles with various clients and cases. She started in rural mixed practice, then moved to a University rotating internship and then undertook other various roles as a small animal locum vet. She has brought her practical knowledge forward by creating the module for clinical skills in the lessons.

Common Questions

How many lessons do you have?

We have started with one lesson available, but are creating more lessons for you right now. Feel free to offer us suggestions of situations you would like to see portrayed! 🙂

How are the lessons structured?

Each lesson is built upon a conversation in different circumstances. Different English subjects are reviewed and practised within each lesson and each lesson also has an entire module dedicated to the clinical aspect of the conversation.

How long does it take to complete one lesson?

This will depend on each individual but generally each lesson can be completed within 1 hour.

For how long do I have access to each lesson?

Once you buy access to a lesson, you have lifetime access to it. That means forever and ever 😀

How do I know what's inside each lesson?

We have a short description of the theme of each lesson on the lessons list below (here on this page), but you can see all the contents in each lesson by clicking the “See Lesson” button provided for each lesson.

Do I get a discount for buying more than one lesson?

We don’t yet have many lessons available, but when we have more lessons available we will create “lesson bundles” that allow you to purchase several lessons at a discounted price. For now, only individual lessons are available.

Do I need more resources than those you offer for each lesson?

No, all the resources are provided during the lesson, although we will sometimes point you to extra resources you can visit to further improve your understanding of the subject.

How do I know what English level I should pick?

English levels are divided between Intermediate and Advanced. The level also reflects the difficulty of the clinical case/situation used in the lesson. The Intermediate level is appropriate for those with good understanding of grammar and daily conversation. The Advanced level is appropriate for those proficient in oral communication and good understanding of complex grammar. If you are already working in the UK and communicating easily, you will likely gain more from the Advanced level. If you have to ask people to repeat themselves often but can speak with them and make yourself understood, you can start with the Intermediate level.

What happens if I'm not happy with the lesson I chose?

Please let us know why you are not satisfied! We always try to make these thinking about what you need and how we can help you! If you are not happy with the lesson, you have a 14-day money-back guarantee after enrolment – we just ask that you are honest with us 🙂

 

If you got the wrong English level, let us know by emailing me at contact@ukvetmove.com. We can swap you over to a different lesson level provided you have not completed the lesson you have purchased in the first place. If we do this, you will no longer have access to the first lesson you chose, only the lesson you get transferred to (but you still have access to our website content).

Can this count as CPD?

There is no way to have a course “CPD approved”, but “any activities you undertake in order to further your professional competence as part of a planned development programme can be counted towards your CPD“. That means if you plan on improving your communication skills and take a lesson, such can be counted as CPD.

Do you provide a certificate of completion?

Yes! 🙂 When you complete each lesson you are able to download a certificate of completion that you can then upload on your CPD records.

I have a discount code, how do I use it?

Just add your discount code on the “Coupon Code” box in the checkout page and click “Apply Coupon”. The price will be updated and you can continue the checkout process 🙂 Here’s how the “Coupon Code” box looks like:

 

 

Do I need to register on this website to access the course?

Yes – you will need to create an account if you are not registered with the platform, but this will be done automatically when you purchase your lesson 🙂 If you have already registered with ukvetmove.com, you can just log in during the checkout.

Lessons list

Intermediate Level | “In the Consultation Room”

For this consultation, a client brings a young dog that has been vomiting. The vet collects the history, discusses the options and offers a treatment plan.

English Practice – idioms, pronouns, grammar

Integrating communication with clinical practice – history taking, examination, client communication, abbreviations

On this consultation, the vet is presented with a young patient that has been having an acute gastrointestinal upset and is collapsed. The vet collects the history, discusses the problems and risks of what is happening and offers a treatment plan.

English Practice – idioms, greeting, grammar

Integrating communication with clinical practice – sensitive information, informed consent, vaccinations, shock, clinical records and technical language

Advanced Level | “A shocky appointment”

Intermediate Level | “A Routine Surgery”

On this lesson, Daisy is going for surgery and the vet is discussing what will happen before and during surgery with the owner, as well as agreeing on some details over the perioperative care. 

English Practice – idioms, grammar (conditional tenses and future tenses)

Integrating communication with clinical practice – neutering, surgical techniques, routine anaesthesia, client communication and informed consent, abbreviations and technical language

This time, the vet is reaching out to the owner by phone to discuss some test results and treatment options for the patient.

English Practice – idiomatic language, question tags, short answers, modal verbs

Integrating communication with clinical practice – technical language, analysing urine samples, common urinary problems in 1st opinion practice

Intermediate Level | “On the Phone”

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