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A Guide for Graduates - the BEVA Employment Toolkit

News BEVA News Careers Committee CPD and Careers
04 Dec 2020 BEVA

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our brand-new employment toolkit which is designed to provide new graduates with guidance on what to look for in their first job. Roger Smith who led the project tells us more...

Tell us about the guide

After listening to feedback from vet students and new graduates we felt like we needed to provide guidance for entering equine practice – what to look for and what to expect in your first job.

The guide shows new graduates what they should think about when looking for their first job. We take them through everything that should be considered from the structure of the role, the skills that should be acquired in the first year, the support that should be available and the types of benefits that should be offered.

At BEVA we strongly believe that internships are an important first stage in a successful veterinary career, so there is a large emphasis on internships throughout the guide.

Why did BEVA decide to create it?

When job hunting there are many different things to consider, from the most simple things like what salary will I receive, all the way through to what will I learn, and what opportunities will it provide in the future.

We know this can feel quite intimidating for those starting their career and it can often feel overwhelming.

Our hope is that the employment guide will give new graduates prompts of things to consider when applying for jobs and what they should expect and be asking their new employers.

The toolkit is split into several sections taking you through key elements to consider. Here is a preview of some the guidance in the toolkit...

Job Structure

  • Review the structure of the internship and consider...
  • The case load
  • The structure and variety of rotations as this will reflect in the skills acquired
  • The rota
  • Provision of training
  • Research

Skills Acquisition

  • Interns may be expected to perform, practice and master...
  • In-patient care
  • Colic examination
  • Lameness examination
  • Assessment of wounds and identification of synovial sepsis
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Administration and monitoring of general anaesthesia

Also in the Guide...

  • Professional support
  • Facilities
  • Benefits
  • Other things to consider
  • Future planning

View the toolkit