Moving into the marketplace? Find a way to differentiate yourself.
Sometimes timing is everything. Veterinary students graduating in the spring of 2008 had their pick of jobs. It was certainly a time of demand exceeding supply. Whether they had an interest in reproduction, lameness or surgery, every grad had several choices. Now graduating students, through no fault of their own, are facing a much tighter job market in all areas.
New grads, interns and graduating residents are competing against each other for the same jobs, and there are fewer jobs to go around. It all sounds pretty bleak, but if we look at the demands of equine veterinary practice, we can see there are numerous areas where a job seeker can add value by offering more than what has been the traditional definition of a new veterinarian. It is not enough to be able to float teeth or diagnose and treat for colic. Today’s veterinarian needs flexibility, broad-based technical skills, business and marketing skills, emotional intelligence, and, probably most importantly, excellent communication skills.
This sounds daunting, but as we explore this list further, we will see that many veterinary prospects already have many of these abilities, but likely they never thought of them...