What do you need to work in small animal practice and create a successful career in the UK as a foreigner?
The New World of Brexit and COVID
The world we live in is changing faster than ever. A year ago, I would have given you completely different advice than I do today.
Finding a job in the UK is now harder. You have more competition, more qualified competition and less vacancies. You have less chances.
But that doesn’t mean you should give you. It just means you have to prepare better!
Your friends did it, and it looked so easy. Just a few emails, a few interviews, and they had offers. But now it doesn’t seem as easy or straighforward for you. You don’t get as many replies. While it took a few days for them, now you’re waiting for weeks, or you’re being told “now is not the time”. You can’t find as many offers, they seem to have disappeared. You may be told “you don’t have the right skills”, though chances are the places you apply to are too nice to tell you the truth. Now what? You don’t want to search for months and months on end… why did your friends manage it, but you don’t? How is it fair?…
Sadly, it’s not. We have gone back in time 10 years, when foreign vets needed to start working in slaughterhouses because they couldn’t find work in clinical practice.
Does it get easy? It does when you already have UK experience or when you already are a competent vet. The time of new graduates finding a UK job easily while living abroad is not returning for a few months or maybe years.
The Principles Behind our Programmes
How to increase your odds
You’re living abroad, you’re competing with UK-trained vets and you’re competing with foreign vets that already live and work in the UK. You compete for the same vacancies, but you have one major disadvantage: you don’t know the UK veterinary world nearly as well as any of them.
So you need to develop the inside knowledge of UK practice so you can show during job search that you know what you’re getting yourself into and what is expected of you. You need to develop your clinical skills, your understanding of UK practice and the ability to communicate and live in a different culture.
Then, you must be able to show this during job applications so you have a chance of taking your competition eye to eye.
Problem is, it’s called “inside knowledge” for a reason – you normally only get it from gaining UK experience. And that’s exactly what you’re lacking.
This is why our training programmes focus especially on giving you the knowledge and tools that will put you back in the race for job opportunities and actually allow you to do your job well when you get it.
What if you are in the UK?
Living in the UK may not be the dream you were expecting. Actually, the first few months can be quite a nightmare for some colleagues. We face challenges that we were not expecting and we don’t know how to overcome them.
This free scorecard lets you find out which areas you are struggling with the most and how to overcome those challenges so you can live and work happy.
UK VetMOVE - Clinical Training and Relocation Programme
You can't wait to start working in the UK, but you know it's not going to be easy. You have no UK experience and you have very little experience in your own country too. You miss key surgical skills expected of you in UK practice. You know that finding a job is not as easy as before and you're probably frustrated with the lack of results and replies. It doesn't look fair, your friends had it easy!
At UK VetMove, we believe that YOU should be able to make the decisions about your career and your life. We believe in giving YOU that power, which is why we are developing a remarkable solution for your search in the post-COVID world.
This is a clinical training and relocation programme that supports you through every single part and challenge of your job search, clinical development and ongoing support.
What we are creating for you
Would you like to learn how to run UK consultations? How to prescribe medication and what medication to prescribe to your patient? What you can ask nurses to do? Would you like to learn how to do surgery and take a 5-day neutering training course? Would you like to be able to deal with difficult conversations and stress, how to perform ultrasound and what to do if a rabbit comes in and is not eating?
Wouldn't it be great if you have someone transforming your CV and finding you vacancies? What if you could practise job interviews before you actually go to one? What if someone helped you with arranging travel, finding places to stay, set up your internet in your new house?
And what if you weren't alone after? What if you had a mentor always there for you, and colleagues you could reach out to that are going through the same? What if you kept developing your skills with support and maybe even get more guidance on what to do with your career?
This is what we are trying to develop for you. Right now, we are looking for vets that find this idea interesting to learn more about how we can make it better and affordable. If you are interested, please send us a message and we will show you a presentation about this programme so you can give us your opinion on it.
UK VetTalks - Improve your English, Communication and Clinical Knowledge
You don't feel like your English is good enough. You realise you can't say what you want fast enough, your brain gets tired from translating things all the time and you see people doing funny faces when you talk to them in English. You start to feel like your language skills are horrible and worry about going into consultations. Maybe you're already working and you've even had clients complain that they don't understand you...
So you want to get better with your language and communication. Wouldn't it be great if you could also polish your clinical knowledge while you do it?
This is what UK VetTalks offers you - the opportunity to work on your speech, your vocabulary, your medical terms and your client discussions, all while learning about the clinical practice that you are actually going to be doing in the UK. Win-win!