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” and use the opportunity to talk to other vets studying English.

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.

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.


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.


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.


Online lessons are individually priced so you can pick and choose the topics you like.

Group 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.


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.



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.
  • 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.
  • 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)

The lessons you will find

Individual online lessons

Each individual lesson costs 20€+VAT (which is applied according to your country) and is structured in the following way:

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).

Registration and Subscription

Classes run on a monthly subscription, but we only open new vacancies every so often to ensure we don’t have too many students in one single class and everyone can take full advantage of it. If registrations are closed, you can join a waiting list to be informed when the next take in takes place.

Once you have joined a class, your subscription automatically renews until you cancel it or decide you’re happy with your English skills.

The subscription costs 39€ (including VAT).

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 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.

Common Questions About the Group Classes

Do these lessons take place on this website?

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 classes that would take place on the following month. That means if you cancel your subscription in the middle of the month, you still have access to that month’s content. You only lose access when the following subscription period starts.

Still have questions? Send me a message!

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