Veterinary relief work can be an opportunity for both personal and professional challenges while offering new and unique interactions with staff, clients and other clinicians. Each clinic offers relief veterinarians unique encounters with diverse clinic environments, staff, policies, procedures and resources.
Why consider relief work?
Personal challenge & professional growth
Independence & flexibility of schedule
Improve the quality & quantity of personal & family time
Work while you go back to school
Scope out future part- and full-time positions with a relief shift
Develop your personnel management skills
Explore a different type of medicine (i.e. critical care or shelter)
Developing and maintaining a successful relief practice requires a specific skill set not always necessary in an associate or owner veterinarian.
Below are some characteristics that make great relief veterinarians. Do you have what it takes?
Characteristics of a successful relief veterinarian:
Professional demeanor & appearance
Affable personality, easily establishing rapport with staff & clients
Flexibility when working with a variety of tools & supplies
Breadth of clinical skills from preventative & internal medicine to urgent & critical care
A hefty dose of business acumen!
Think you might be interested in veterinary relief work? Great!! Contract relief work may seem intimidating initially, but is definitely a rewarding and profitable area of veterinary practice. Don't let the need for new skills or the management of your own small business keep you away from exploring this great and unique aspect of veterinary medicine.
You're not alone! From instructional help in getting started to professional tools to utilize throughout your practice, we've got the support & resources you need.