Knowing When It’s Time to Find a New Vet Job
Sometimes it’s hard to move on, but deep down you know it’s time…
Working as a Veterinarian is one of the most rewarding jobs there is. Of course, we all know it can also be the most frustrating job. But your job satisfaction is based on more than your skills and the patients you’re seeing, so it can be challenging to stay in a job that is getting you down and hard to keep your spirits up.
For most Veterinarians, your job brings you an enormous amount of job satisfaction. Watching as puppies and kittens grow up to have happy and long lives because of the care you provide can leave a lasting high. The joy of saving a critically injured pet or uncovering a treatable illness can push Veterinarians to give your job everything you have.
While working as a Vet is a great job, it is still a job. Unless you own your own practice (and not even then sometimes), you must abide by the policies and rules of your employer. Your care is often hinged upon the support staff and client’s willingness to move forward with treatment. When these and other things become barriers, this can quickly turn a dream job you love into a nightmare. When you love what you do it can be hard to decide when it’s time to find a new Veterinarian job.
Here are some tell-tale signs that you should be paying attention to for your mental and physical well-being.
This one should be a no-brainer, but sometimes we all need someone to tell us it’s okay to leave your job. If you work in an environment where you are being berated, abused, or second-guessed then it’s time to consider a new Vet job. Constant snide remarks, destructive criticism, and back-biting can drain you mentally, emotionally, and physically. In the end, you can be putting your patients at risk if you begin to doubt your training and skills. Life is too short to work in a hostile environment. Start looking for a new job right now.
Patient Care is Compromised
Being a great Veterinarian is only one part of the job. You must depend on your vet nurses and support staff to complete the prescribed treatments and relay instructions to owners. If you are concerned that your patients aren’t getting the treatments you order or the quality of care you expect, it may be time to change jobs. If something goes wrong with your treatment plan through lack of support or follow through by others your license could be at risk. You don’t want to lose the privilege of practicing medicine because others dropped the ball.
Limited Growth Opportunities
Veterinary medicine is always changing. New treatments, medications, and diagnostic tools are being discovered almost daily. If your job doesn’t afford you the opportunity to advance your skills and stay on top of new medical trends, it’s time to find a new job. As a Veterinarian, in the end it is you who is responsible for your knowledge base. If your employer doesn’t support and encourage growth, your career could be impacted, and your self esteem may begin to wane.
You Are Miserable
If you find yourself dreaming about missing your bus stop or highway exit on the way to work in the morning, it may be time to find a new job. If it takes your hours to brush off the ick from your day after your shift, it may be time find a new job. If you dream of calling in sick when you feel healthy, it may be time to move on.
Let’s face it, not every Vet job you have will be the best place you ever worked, neither is every pizza place or 5 star hotel in their industry segments. They may have a great team, great medicine, and great growth, but sometimes if the fit isn’t right, it’s just not right. The good news is if you find yourself in this situation you can take your time finding a better fit. Your skills, expertise and experience are in demand; you may even want to consider working in a Locum Vet Job for a while, both to give you time to breathe and rekindle your focus, as well as the chance to experience a variety of environments – clinics, hospitals or even as a mobile Vet.
Working as a Veterinarian is already a challenging job. Don’t let yourself be drawn down every day working in a clinic that doesn’t make you happy. The Veterinary field continues to grow meaning you will definitely be able to find a great job as a veterinarian in another clinic or hospital.
So, maybe it is time to take the first steps to finding more happiness in your career, after all, you are a Vet and everything that you have invested in time, effort and commitment so far means you deserve to be happy.
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