Working out of hours can work for you
Working in an out-of-hours emergency and critical care environment has plenty of benefits. These include:
- Interesting and varied caseload. Because emergencies are never planned no two shifts are the same so you’re guaranteed a stimulating mix of cases. Focusing your career in emergency veterinary care can help you get ahead faster, especially with the help of our intensive ECC training courses.
- Clinical independence. Depending on where you’re based there’s every chance you’ll work sole charge alongside an experienced registered veterinary nurse and a receptionist. However, help and advice is always available when you need it from our network of 53 out-of-hours clinics and three emergency and specialty hospitals, district vets and managers, and support staff.
- Fast-paced. Veterinary emergency and critical care provides a stimulating, high-adrenaline environment for everyone who works in it. The variety in pace and emotional reward of successfully treating a seriously ill or injured pet is often what sets it apart from other veterinary disciplines.
- Career development. You’ll develop your clinical and client care skills alongside some of the UK’s best emergency critical care clinicians, performing life-saving procedures in a learning environment. You’ll also be encouraged to attend our annual ECC congress and to take advantage of our unique training and CPD programmes, which have been developed by our team of clinical professionals.
- Work/life balance. Working out of hours gives you the chance to spend your days doing the things that fit in with your lifestyle, whether that be taking the children to school, enjoying hobbies, spending time with your pets, or just making more of the daylight hours. In addition, some of our clinics work on a fixed rota basis so you can plan ahead.
- You'll make a difference. Our people take great pride in delivering the highest standard of care to worried pet owners. It's often this professional and compassionate dedication to their clients and patients that gives them greatest job satisfaction.
- Health and wellbeing support. We have a comprehensive health and wellbeing strategy and a dedicated team trained to make support available whenever you might need it, be it at weekends or in the middle of the night.
Read what attracted principal nurse Sarah Rance to out-of-hours work at Vets Now. Or for hints and tips on how working out of hours can work for you read our health and wellbeing team’s blog post here.