Being a vet is one of the most challenging jobs in the world. Of course, no one goes into it if they don’t love animals, which means that it’s also one of the most rewarding jobs in the world – here are some tips to help you focus on the rewards more than the challenges.
Work On Your Faults
Even though qualifying makes you feel like you’re on top of the world, it’s important to remember that you’re still not perfect – there will always be things you’re great at and things you’re maybe not so great at, and being able to identify what those are is a sign of important emotional maturity that you’re going to need to be successful in your career. If you’re great at the scientific part of being a vet but you’re not so fantastic at talking to the animals’ owners and you could sometimes be more sensitive, be aware of that and work on it. Likewise, if you’re calm and quick on your feet but you’re aware that you need to keep reading and researching to keep all the knowledge you need in your head, it’s important to focus on that.
Use Technology To Get Organised
Thankfully, these days you have more to use to help keep yourself organised than a small paper diary and a head full of phone numbers. Look into different systems you can use to schedule appointments – for instance, dog grooming scheduling software can help you see what you’re supposed to be doing and at which times. Being organised is a great way to provide really top quality customer service – and you need to remember that being a vet is also about providing a business service as well as taking care of animals.
Keep Ahead Of The Latest Advances
In all areas of medicine, things keep changing constantly as new treatments are developed and scientific breakthroughs are made. That means that you need to stay ahead of the game – keep reading journals and keep talking to your colleagues at your practice and at others. Conferences are an important way to communicate with other veterinary professionals so that you can share tips and breakthroughs. One of the best ways to take the best possible care of the animals that have been entrusted to you is to make sure that you have an up to date knowledge of every treatment that’s available.
Balance Your Personal And Professional Lives
Finally, you need to work out how you can balance your personal and professional lives. Through your training you’ll be used to working long hours, but it’s important to remember that you can’t do that forever – you’ll end up burning out and your own health will suffer. It’s important to make sure that you take regular breaks and that you use your evenings when you’re not on call to see your friends, to go out on date nights with your partner, and to take some time for yourself – relax on the sofa with pizza and wine and Netflix and make sure that your batteries are completely recharged.