Remember how it felt to be the "new kid" in your practice? The transition from school into practice was a major change for all of us. Feeling "not ready" and learning on the job, often the hard way, are common among new veterinary professionals. A new book under the VetCoach brand called VetTeamCoach, aims to provide valuable, practical advice to new professionals--real advice, gathered from seasoned professionals in the veterinary industry.

The VetCoach project is about sharing professional experience with our new colleagues around the world. What did you learn "on the job" that could help colleagues optimize their career starts? VetTeamCoach is about sharing these lessons, and minimizing how often new professionals say things like, "It would have been great had I known this when I started."

The goal of this project is to build up a "collective source of wisdom" to inspire and motivate junior veterinary professionals based on expertise collected from colleagues who have "been there, done that."

Have you "been there, done that"? If so, we'd love to hear your valuable learning experiences--you could be a contributing author to this helpful book! 

How to contribute:
If you are a veterinarian, veterinary technician, practice manager, or assistant with 5 years or more experience in the field, you are eligible to contribute. Please share three or four key "learning experiences" from your career which made you think, "If only I had known this when I started." For each experience, the text is suggested to be about 400 - 500 words. We're looking for the experiences you've had over the years that have helped to make you a more successful person, decisions you made early on that proved to be critical (positive or negative) later in your career. These can be decisions related to your career in practice, school, college, or industry, and in your private life that have influenced your professional career. Have something you'd like to share about work-life balance? We'd love to hear it!

The experiences you send will be presented together with your name and professional credentials, therefore we will also need:

  • Your brief, but complete, bio or resume, including:
    • Your current position and location
    • Year of graduation, veterinary technician program or veterinary school, country and city attended
    • Nationality, gender, birthday
    • Brief professional history and background in order to give the reader a good perspective on who you are and what you've done so far (less than 250 words, if possible)--please write in third-person perspective (Dr. X was born in Illinois in 1975. She attended X school...)
  • Your photo--can be a passport type "mug shot" or one that shows you with family, friends, or doing a hobby; the file should be JPEG format and at least 800 x 1,000 pixels

Submitting your experiences automatically implies that you give permission for your submission to be used in the context of the VetTeamCoach projects. The material will be used in print (book format) and may also be used in an e-book format.

Please send your text, resume, and photo by May 1 to Dr. Richard Nap at [email protected] if you are interested in contributing to the VetTeamCoach project.


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