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Let’s face it – some days being a vet SUCKS!  It can be very easy to become lonely and isolated, when you’re starting early, finishing late and juggling on-call and paperwork!  This can make a rotten day seem ten times worse.  Maybe it was that dreadful client, another PTS or maybe you cocked up – don’t worry, it happens to everyone; if you don’t believe me why not check out “Oops.

If you feel like things are getting on top of you, don’t suffer alone!  The transition from student to working life is a real shock to the system, so you MUST NOT feel like you have failed if you’re finding it difficult to cope.  Don’t fall into the trap of thinking your friends are all coping better either - just because they can recount stories of how they spayed a bitch or foaled a mare on their own – things often sound better in the telling!  What they probably failed to mention were the panicked phone calls, trying to get hold of a partner, before having to foal the mare without any assistance. 

Talking to someone can make things seem much better, so talk to people in the practice, call a friend or family member, or if you’d prefer you can contact one of the organisations at the end of the page, all of whom are there to help you.  But most importantly DO NOT SUFFER ALONE.

Being a vet can feel like an extremely lonely job even though we deal with tens of people every day, we’ve pilfered an article from Vet Record which offers some useful advice on “Overcoming loneliness or feelings of isolation in your first job”.

BVA Graduate Support Scheme meetings are a fantastic way to make new friends, share stories and meet other vets in your area – find out when the next meeting is here or on the BVA website.

If you’re finding your new or first job hard I promise you you’re not alone, but if after a few months you’re still not happy, you mustn’t feel like you have to stay, because there can be hundreds of different reasons why a job might not be right, none of which are your fault.  One reason, day after day, can be all it takes to make you not want to go to work in the morning.  If you really do want to move jobs, or just want to see what’s available, check out the “Jobs” section.


And remember, there’s always the holiday option – even if you just dream about it...You don't have to go some where exotic to have a well deserved break logo Vet Helpline If there is anything you want to discuss with someone who has experience of the veterinary profession you might want to call Vet Helpline. They are available to talk to you in complete confidence about whatever is troubling you and are familiar with the problems that recent graduates face. Tel: 07659 811 118 (local call rates apply, 24hr rapid response answer phone). logo Veterinary Surgeon's Health Support Programme In addition, the Veterinary Surgeons' Health Support Programme (VSHSP) offers completely confidential professional help with alcohol, drug, addiction & mental health issues. Tel: 07946 634220 logo BVA Graduate Support Scheme Recent graduates who are interested in attending the meetings should contact Amelia Findon at the BVA on 020 7908 6355 or email to find the location of their nearest meeting. logo VETLiFE A website by vets for vets with information and support on a range of issues.
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