Monday, December 9, 2019 - Rebecca Radley Rebecca Radley Launched in September this year, our Leg Up programme is designed to give new and recent graduates one-to-one support from experienced equine vets. Now four months into the scheme, we asked some of our mentors and mentees how it’s going. 

Tell us about yourself

"I'm a final year surgical resident. I have worked in an internship programme and been an ambulatory first opinion vet. I enjoy being an equine veterinarian and have a particular interest in upper respiratory surgery and fracture repair."

Chris Baldwin - Leg Up Coach


“I’m a Liverpool graduate, class of 2019, and have started out as a full time ambulatory equine vet at a practice in Wiltshere. I am working a maternity cover contract prior to starting an equine internship.”

Joanna - Coachee


“I hail from New Zealand but have practised as an equine vet in the UK for 17 years. I am lucky enough to be married to Fiona (who is also an equine vet) and we have two cheeky gorgeous daughters. I am a partner at Three Counties Equine Hospital, in Worcestershire. My clinical interests are in sports horse medicine and surgery.”

Mark Georgetti - Leg Up Coach


Having graduated from Cambridge in June, I entered the ‘real world’ with three weeks of locum work in a local mixed practice that I had adored as a student. However, my passion has always been unswervingly equine, and in August I started my full-time job at a three-vet practice in beautiful North Norfolk. I see predominantly pleasure horses on a day-to-day basis, and we are really lucky to have some lovely clients!

Kirsty - Coachee


 

“I am nearly ten years qualified and in first opinion ambulatory equine practice in Essex, with a wonderful happy, friendly, supportive team and lovely bosses. In my spare time I like going to aerobics classes, cooking, travelling and socialising with friends.”

Kirsty Barron - Leg Up Coach


What does coaching mean to you?

“Coaching is a great way to give to the younger community of veterinarians a sense of self-belief and confidence they so often lack. It is also a great way to reflect upon myself and help develop myself as an individual.”

Chris Baldwin - Leg Up Coach


“Having a support system and a coach to talk to about working life, separate from the work place. To take time to reflect on the challenges of being a new graduate and come up with a structured plan.”

Joanna - Coachee


“I was fortunate to benefit from a mentor figure for my first two years in mixed practice, this not only gave me a wealth of experience but ensured I kept motivated to continue down an equine path. I can hopefully bring the same enthusiasm and supportive attitude to my role as a BEVA Leg Up Career Coach.”

Mark Georgetti - Leg Up Coach


The ‘Leg Up’ scheme instantly appealed to me, but I didn’t initially know what the coaching might entail. From my first session, coaching involved looking at the start I had made in practice and identifying key areas where I can improve in terms of career progression, job satisfaction and safe-guarding of my mental, physical and social well-being. All in all, this means receiving advice from a more experienced clinician, who has already been through some of the same challenges.

Kirsty - Coachee


 

“Coaching is a chance to help and support the younger, more recently graduated members of our profession and it is also satisfying to coach members in their career journeys."

Kirsty Barron - Leg Up Coach

Tell us about your Leg Up experience 

“Although only in the early stages, so far it has been rewarding and enlightening. Coaching aims to give a sense of confidence and clarity, and so often I find myself gaining in these areas also. I hope that this coaching scheme will increase the retention of these young, intelligent, talented people within the profession.”

Chris Baldwin - Leg Up Coach


“I have really enjoyed my mentoring sessions so far and have found them really valuable. I find myself thinking “I must talk to my mentor about that” rather than letting problems build up. My mentor has given me veterinary advice as well as practical skills to help me get through the day to day life as a new graduate equine vet.”

Joanna - Coachee


“Rewarding - the training process taught me a lot about communication skills and self-awareness. My initial contact with my coachee has been really positive. Sociable - my coachee is lovely - a friendly, knowledgable and motivated person, who I hope benefits from this programme.”

Mark Georgetti - Leg Up Coach


I came away from my first session feeling empowered to make positive changes to enhance my enjoyment of my first year in practice. Chris Baldwin (my coach) was absolutely brilliant, listening to and empathising with my concerns and experiences so far. Further, he suggested practical, actionable and achievable solutions to help address areas where I felt less happy with my performance. The holistic approach of the Leg Up programme also highlighted areas I hadn’t learnt much thought to, such as coping with stressful situations. I would highly recommend the Leg Up scheme to any equine new graduate wishing to carve a really positive start to their career.

Kirsty - Coachee


“So far it has been informative and rewarding; it’s still early in my coaching, but it is going well so far, and my coachee seems to be benefitting hugely and making great progress”

Kirsty Barron - Leg Up Coach

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