Tuesday 13th Feb, 2018


You've got your first job! Getting the Work life Balance right!

If you have got this far you'll probably understand that being a vet is a vocation; you live to work, not work to live.

However, working long hours and thinking about nothing else but Pudsey’s severely impacted anal glands can be very damaging, and certainly not great for personal relationships.

In your first six months your learning will really begin by experiencing the following:

  • Single handedly implant a catheter at 2am
  • Eat a sandwich while on the phone and at the same time sending a text message to order your supper from the local takeaway
  • Telling a client amazing news about their 12 new Labradoodle pups
  • Caring for a client who’s lifetime companion has just passed away
  • Diagnosing a condition based solely on the look on your receptionist's face as they put down the phone saying "Ok Mrs X, we'll see Tiny straight away!". 
  • Treating GDV in Tiny, the Great Dane!

Yes, there will be some long nights at work and you'll miss Netflix. You'll go home knackered, stuff your gob full crappy food and crawl into bed.

But the pay back is truly enormous! On any one day you will have made a difference to so many lives! The trick is to remeber to have a life of your own.  

How you say? Well here's a few ideas: 

  • Keep in touch with your other graduate friends and meet up with them – you will find everyone is having very similar issues and may even have some solutions! 
  • Keep up your hobbies and interests – your brain can cope with thinking about many things and, in fact will relish the change in scenery.
  • Sport – you’ll go home mentally exhausted but definitely sleep better if your exercising your heart/legs/arms etc. as much as your brain.
  • Book holidays and trips in advance – you always have something to look forward to and it puts natural breaks in so you can catch your breathe.

Your new practice will understand that the first six months are some of the most exciting and yet stressful of your life as a fully-fledged vet.

Hopefully, they will put breaks into your schedule, sometimes drag you out of the building and definitely encourage you to get out there and enjoy yourself.

People engage with people who are engaging and our clients are no different. We know that to make you the best vet you can be, you have to be able to string a few words together! Limiting your chat to “gastric dilatation and volvulus” or "milk volume" will make you a very dull friend and colleague - we want you to be able to talk about last nights local football derby/the price of petrol/the new Snapchat filter or whatever! 

We need you to be alert and definitely having some fun to do this – we look forward to enjoying your company and terrible jokes soon!


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