March 2020

Not everything is as straightforward as it seems in the confusing world of veterinary recruitment. Here, former AVS president David Charles offers a beginner’s guide to translating graduate job ad jargon.

12 mins

Vet student Eleanor Goad argues it’s important to fight the natural instinct that comes with being a vet, and to recognise that just because something can go wrong, doesn’t mean it will.

8 mins

What should students ask in a job interview? Gerardo Poli offers some examples of questions that will challenge interviewers and help give a positive impression.

6 mins

February 2020

In today’s blame culture, we can often feel responsible for negative client interaction. With this in mind, Jordan Sinclair explains the importance of reminding yourself you are a vet and know what you’re doing.

14 mins

Although she hopes to enjoy every minute of life in practice, Eleanor Goad isn‘t scared of cutting the ties and taking her skills in a new direction if aspirations aren‘t fulfilled. 

9 mins

Tom Jackson and the 2019-2020 AVS UK & Ireland president discuss recommendations that came out of the Graduate Outcomes Project, which cover day one competences, the Professional Development Phase, EMS and clinical education for general practice.

2 mins

As friends approach completion of their courses and contemplate their next steps, vet student Eleanor Goad shares her thoughts on keeping focus, despite sometimes feeling like a campus pensioner.

9 mins

January 2020

Recent graduate and mixed practice vet David Charles offers advice for students who are thinking of following the same route into the profession.

17 mins

“Although around 70% of vet graduates are female, the number of practising female vets is more like 50%” – Eleanor Goad considers the gender imbalance in the profession and why it may exist.

11 mins

Eleanor Goad discusses how, though taking time out from exam prep is a godsend, camaraderie among fellow students who understand what you are going through makes all the difference.

7 mins

December 2019

Christmas and the buzzing activity it brings with it is almost here, Eleanor Goad advises on how we can make the holiday easier for our pets.

10 mins

Healthy body, healthy mind, so the saying goes. Eleanor Goad reiterates how staying on top of your workload during the lead-up to exams can do wonders for performance now and in your future career.

14 mins

November 2019

Eleanor Goad explains why she jumped at the prospect of intercalation – the period when students in Bristol take a year away from their studies to pursue something related to their course.

10 mins

October 2019

As a first-time uni-goer, it can be tempting to throw yourself headfirst into every experience on offer. However, third-year vet student Eleanor Goad advises caution and to take it “a step at a time”.

9 mins

Now a few weeks in, vet student Eleanor Goad has found third-year to be a bit of a game changer, not least because practical sessions now involve real (not stuffed) animals.

10 mins

August 2019

As third year at vet school beckons, promising a move away from theory and into the uncharted waters of clinical training, Eleanor Goad takes stock of how far she’s already come in two short years.

7 mins

As A-level results day looms, vet student Eleanor Goad busts some of the myths around what it takes to get into vet school. Yes, grades matter, but so does passion.

16 mins

June 2019

Student Eleanor Goad wonders whether it is a veterinary professional’s inability to “switch off” at the end of a day that leads vets and nurses to suffer stress more than those in other occupations.

10 mins

May 2019

Vet student Eleanor Goad delves into what she considers the “ultimate battle between head and heart” for any vet – weighing up the desire to keep an animal alive against the need to assure quality of life.

8 mins

To mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, student vet Charlie Jackson asks why a career path so many dream of treading since childhood often turns into a nightmare of stress and ill-mental health.

15 mins