UK VetTalks

English lessons delivered online for veterinary surgeons to practise their speech and clinical English.

Affordable CPD with individual and group lessons paid with a monthly subscription to make it easier! 

Mixing English skills with clinical skills to help you develop confidence

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

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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 and Alison Pickering to help you with this. Jeff in an English teacher that is also close to the veterinary world and he creates the content for the online lessons. Alison is a veterinary surgeon with experience in teaching English and she is responsible for moderating the group speaking classes.

Our goal is to provide you with a way to improve both your language but also your communication skills and your clinical skills in an affordable and convenient way.

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

The online lessons have audio, notes and exercises.

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Practise your speech with other colleagues

Use the group lessons to talk about veterinary topics with other students and practise your fluency.

Preparing you for the real world

The online lessons use scenarios commonly encountered in clinical practice in the UK. The group lessons focus on veterinary topics relevant to UK vets.

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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.

Value for money

The lessons run on a monthly subscription basis so you can cancel your subscription when you don’t have time or you’re happy about your level of skills.

The subscription entitles you to browse all of the online individual lessons and access weekly group classes.

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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.

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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.

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, and would like to practise this away from the clinic.
  • 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 to advanced level of English.
  • For vets struggling with fluency during their speech with clients

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)

What you get

Individual online lessons

They are all included in your subscription! We have 5 so far and keep adding more.

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.

Group classes

 

Practise your speech by talking to other student vets about vet stuff.

How they work

Classes are 1-hour long and take place on Thursdays at 10PM UK time on Zoom. You can access the recording if you are not able to attend the class.

You will be talking about a specific veterinary topic (which you will know about in advance).

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Just want to practise your speech? Then take only the group classes

Who is guiding you?

Jeff Thompson

Jeff Thompson

English Teacher + Writer

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 online individual lessons, although he does not currently participate in the group lessons to practise speech fluency.

Andreia Dias

Andreia Dias

Veterinary Surgeon

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 individual lessons.

Alison Pickering

Veterinary Surgeon and English Teacher

Alison is a vet currently working in New Zealand but she also has experience teaching English. She is responsible for “keeping order” during the group classes and is familiar with clinical practice so that she can conduct useful conversations during the group classes.

Common Questions About the Individual Lessons

How many lessons do you have?

We keep adding lessons on a regular basis. We currently have 5 lessons available.

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?

You have access to all of the lessons as long as your subscription is active. Once you cancel your subscription you will no longer be able to access the individual lessons.

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 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.

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.

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 subscribe 🙂 If you have already registered with ukvetmove.com, you can just log in during the checkout.

Common Questions About the Group Classes

Where do we have the group classes?

Although you will receive information about the lessons by accessing the website through your account, the actual meetings take place using Zoom.

Does that mean I need Zoom?

Yes, you will need to download and install Zoom to access the group calls. Zoom is a free conference software that we have been using here at UK VetMove, it’s perfectly safe and we will help you with the download 🙂

What if I can't make it to the class?

We strongly suggest you only join the group classes if you plan on attending most of them, or you won’t take full advantage of the opportunities to engage with other colleagues.

However, if you are not able to attend the class, then you will be able to hear the recording. Every class is recorded.

Can I choose the days for my classes?

Right now as we are launching this service we only have a fixed time for the classes which match the availability of the moderator, Alison. We hope to find more times (or more teachers!) to increase flexibility! 🙂

When do the classes take place?

Classes take place every Thursday at 10PM UK time on a private Zoom meeting.

How do I access the class?

Before each class takes place you will receive an email with the private link for the class. You will also be informed about the topic of the class beforehand.

How many classes are included in my subscription?

The subscription includes 4 monthly classes.

What happens if I cancel my subscription?

When you cancel your subscription, you will lose access to the previously recorded classes and any other classes that would take place from that moment on. 

Still have questions? Send me a message!

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