UK VetStart

Clinical practice mentoring and coaching for confidence, growth, learning and support Join UK VetStart

3-month support to become more confident, knowledgeable and prepared for UK clinical life and its challenges.

Are you about to start your first UK job in clinical practice or moving on to your second job after a bad experience? Are you maybe feeling excited, but also a bit scared and insecure? 

There’s a bit of insecurity about your skills, wondering if you will be a burden to your colleagues who you feel you will have to ask questions all the time, to make sure that what you’re doing is correct, wondering how you will decide what’s best for your patients? This seems overwhelming and maybe you’re worried about making a good impression and not making any mistakes… 

So how can you show up and make a good impression with your bosses and your clients? How can you gain that confidence and knowledge before practising?

This is why UK VetStart exists.

You moved to the UK for a reason and you’re willing to working hard. And don’t forget – you’ve moved to the UK. That shows you’re brave!

I am willing to bet, though, that you did it to become a better version of yourself, a better vet than you are.

UK VetStart is there to help you make a good impression on your boss and keep your clients happy, even when they haven’t seen you as their vet before 

☑ This is for you if

  • You are working in small animal practice
  • You would like to impress your boss with your knowledge, skills and confidence
  • You feel insecure about your skills and the decisions you make and want to overcome that
  • You feel you want to learn more about “real life” UK practice, not what the textbooks say
  • You have limited clinical experience in your own country OR
  • You have no experience with clinical practice in the UK
  • You are struggling to get the required support from your workplace without compromising the work quality of your colleagues and team members
  • You think you would like to discuss the challenges you are facing with someone away from your workplace that has been through similar (including moving in from another country)

 This is probably not for you if:

  • You are working in equine, farm or mixed practice (for now we only discuss small animal practice in the clinical modules)
  • You are confident with the process of decision-making in a clinical setting and don’t feel you need to discuss it
  • You have clinical experience in the UK and are comfortable with “the way things work”
  • You don’t need any sort of clinical support OR
  • You have a structured clinical support system in place (like a new graduate programme) and you receive enough support through that system
  • You would like to discuss the challenges you face but don’t need any clinical support (contact me as we can arrange this instead)

The programme has a variable length but with the coaching calls and live lectures, it takes about 3 months to complete.

Here’s what’s included:

Clinical practice lectures

You have access to study material and live webinars about the most common presentations you will see in clinical practice in all areas of medicine and surgery. You will also receive exercise sheets focused on supporting your  decision-making process. The goal is to prepare you to make decisions without the pressure of colleagues and clients, so you can make them when the pressure is on.

The study material and webinars provide you with the most common problems and basic approaches you would be expected to consider in a UK clinical setting. 

Coaching calls

You are entitled to 8 coaching calls that we use to discuss your struggles, both clinical as well as workplace-related and “life-related” challenges. They can also be used as practical clinical sessions where we can also discuss your approaches and look into information you want to know more about. 

Coaching calls are particularly useful if you want to achieve a certain goal, such as speeding up your consultation time.

P.S. – You may meet Tony the plush pony on some of the roleplay sessions and demonstrations.

Real life all the way

It’s not just about studying (you’ve done that!), it’s also about living what you know.

The programme is focused on your work experience, not a “general” approach to “general” problems, so you get the most practical tips I can think of for your career. With this in mind, I am also free for you to contact me for guidance if you are struggling in your first OOH and your backup has no charge on their mobile.

What clinical modules are covered?

  • Vaccinations
  • Worming and flea treatment
  • Common parasitic diseases in the UK
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Lab work (haematology, biochemistry, urinalysis)
  • Cytology
  • Imaging (strategies for assessing x-rays, aFAST and tFAST scans)
  • Skin disease
  • Eyes
  • GI disease + liver and pancreas
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory disease
  • Haematological and immune-mediated disease
  • Infectious diseases
  • Urinary and reproductive diseases
  • Endocrine problems
  • Neurological presentations
  • Orthopaedic/locomotory presentations
  • Neoplasias (lumps/bumps)
  • Behaviour problems
  • Neutering
  • Dental treatment
  • GI surgery
  • Emergency surgeries
  • Other surgeries
  • Anaesthesia and sedation

How much does it cost?

The programme costs a total of £600 (VAT included).

A payment plan can be arranged where your first instalment is for £150 and the remaining value can be paid in two times after you receive your first and second salaries.

If you are interested in the programme, consider discussing it with your employer, as they may be happy to use your CPD allowance to pay for the programme.

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Frequent Questions that the Vet has About the Program

Is this for me if I don’t have any clinical experience?

Yes, this is for you especially if you don’t have any clinical experience.

Is this for me if I don’t want a job in clinical practice?

No. This programme is specifically for overseas vets working in small animal clinical practice.

Is this for me if I want to work in mixed/equine/farm practice?

This programme is probably not the best option if you are looking for clinical support, since it focuses solely on small animal practice.

How can I pay for this program?

We will agree on a payment plan when we meet before you enroll. You will typically be able to pay for the programme in 3 times if it’s easier for you. You will receive an invoice with bank details and you will be able to make a bank transfer. Other options may be available.

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes, you can. Typical payment plan is for three instalments, with the first due before you enroll on the programme, amounting for less than half of the total costs, and the remaining two after you have received your first and second salaries We will discuss this when we speak.

Can I pay in euros/pounds/dollars?

The standard currency is pounds, however if you still don’t have a UK bank account we can convert this into euros. You will be required to pay this by bank transfer to avoid currency conversion fees (for both of us).

Right, I'm ready for this but I can't join the program on this page! What's going on?

Since I can only take so many mentees at the same time, I need to make sure I have the time to help you. So before you enroll on the programme I want to meet you and understand what type of experience you have. I will also let you know in advance if I can take another mentee or when I will be able to do so again.

This sounds useful, but how do I know my money is well-spent?

This is why I always want to meet the mentees beforehand. The goal of this programme is not to “teach” you, but to give you the tools you need to make decisions, succeed and discuss your problems with an outsider that is more likely to understand your struggles as an overseas vet. If this programme does not align with your needs, I will not recommend it to you.

How quickly will I see results?

This depends on the type of person that you are, your workplace, your situation and the amount of action that you take. Most of the times you will feel glad you’ve been able to talk to someone after the very first call we have once you actually start working!

How much time do I have to spend on this program?

This is highly variable, however account for 1.5 hours for each of our calls which we will try to do on a weekly basis at first. You will probably need a total of 10-15 hours to really get going with the exercise sheets (although you don’t receive them all at the same time). You also don’t need to feel rushed – our calls don’t have to be done on a weekly basis.