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.Dariusz
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:
Each lesson has an audio with a transcript that forms the basis of the study and exercises.
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.
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?
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 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.
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?
How are the lessons structured?
How long does it take to complete one lesson?
For how long do I have access to each lesson?
How do I know what's inside each lesson?
Do I get a discount for buying more than one lesson?
Do I need more resources than those you offer for each lesson?
How do I know what English level I should pick?
What happens if I'm not happy with the lesson I chose?
If you got the wrong English level, let us know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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?
Do you provide a certificate of completion?
I have a discount code, how do I use it?
Do I need to register on this website to access the course?
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?
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.