Locum Relief Veterinarian Jobs
Hermitage Veterinary Hospital is looking to expand our team of superstars with the addition of another Associate Veterinarian! Our team strongly believes in pet-centred care; we strive to promote a fear-free environment and working towards becoming a Fear-Free Certified Practice. You are committed to practicing the highest standard of medicine and upholding the veterinary code of ethics.
Our doctors and staff aim to exceed expectations in everything they do because we know how important pets and farm animals are to our clients, so much so that they and their pets and yes, even the larger animals, quickly become like family. Join us as we continue on our journey to provide best-practice veterinary care with compassion in a thriving community and an ideal lifestyle location.
We have an opportunity for a board-certified internal medicine specialist or board-eligible internal medicine clinician (ACVIM or ECVIM) to join our team – make our internal medicine service whatever you want it to be with proven potential for rapid and sustained growth! Warm, welcoming, friendly, and compassionate team keen to find a like-minded Internal Medicine veterinary expert.
Brunel has a reputation for working with some of the best in the business. Over 45 years, we’ve created a global network of interesting clients and talented individuals working together through a vast array of services. Brunel’s client has an immediate need for a Pharmacovigilance Veterinarian to become a part of a respected quality organization focused on the health of pets and livestock.
National Veterinary Associates is seeking a Manager of Regional Operations to support our growing NVA Canada team. This pivotal role is responsible for driving the operations, NVA initiatives, and business functions of NVA veterinary practices within the region of responsibility. We are keen to discover a talented veterinary professional to support our British Columbia operations.
We are looking for additional ER Veterinarians to join our thriving team. We’ve been growing for over 24 years and are one of the largest and busiest emergency and critical care hospitals in Western Canada, providing coverage for more than 100 referring practices. Come join our team of over 90 incredible individuals, each committed to practicing the highest standard of emergency medicine!
We are looking to add a new team member to our family. We are a 5-6 doctor, fast-paced and progressive hospital that offers optimal patient care. If you excel at multi-tasking, being an integral part of a team, enjoy helping pet families, and want to continue to grow in the profession then look forward to meeting you soon! An ideal opportunity to progress your career in a high-quality practice.
As Managing Veterinarian you will be coordinating cases to ensure positive outcomes, accurate estimates, and excellent client communication, establishing protocols, and leading staff members in education and performance. Every single day our team strives to sponsor a happy work environment for all. We care deeply about making sure pets have everything they need to be happy and healthy.
We are seeking a full-time Associate Veterinarian to join our 6 Doctor practice. We are a well-established, AAHA accredited Hospital that provides comprehensive medical, surgical, and dental care for dogs, cats, rabbits, and pocket pets. Our goal is to practice the highest quality veterinary medicine and surgery with compassion and an emphasis on client education.
Help us to advance the quality of veterinary medicine in the practice and provide exceptional client service to our clients and patients. We provide excellence in small animal medicine with a personal approach. Join us and become an invaluable member of the hospital team working directly with a Managing Doctor and supporting medical staff.
We are seeking an experienced Veterinary Technician to join our team. You are a believer in the possibilities of high-quality veterinary medicine and patient care – with the expertise and technical know-how to make them happen. We are a six-doctor AAHA practice that stays busy helping patients. We know that you’ve worked hard for your credentialing and we want you to use that knowledge.
We are seeking an outgoing, personable individual with a down-to-earth approach to lead our team as Managing Veterinarian. As an established AAHA hospital, we strive to practice fear-free methods. We are a progressive practice with a presence of over thirty years in the community. We operate with an enjoyable family-like atmosphere at a fast pace with goals of growth and service to our clients.
Relief VeterinarianVetco As an independent, relief veterinarian at Vetco, you will have full control and flexibility over when, where, and how much you work. Selecting shifts is easy using our online scheduling system where ...Greece, NY, USA
Locum Veterinary TechnicianTHRIVE Affordable Vet Care Locum Veterinary Surgery Technician - THRIVE Affordable Vet Care San Diego Area What makes the ... Our veterinarian teams are often comprised of experienced and recently graduated doctors, which ...Santee, CA, USA
Veterinarian - ReliefFamily Pet Clinic Seeking an independent, compassionate Relief Veterinarian to join our team! Why Family Pet Clinic in Southampton and Feasterville , PA ? We're focused on making sure our hospitals have the right ...Southampton, PA, USA
Relief Veterinarian - Appointment Based ModelVetco Clinics Working as a Vetco relief veterinarian, YOU indicate your rate of pay. This independent contractor position is a great opportunity for all veterinarians : New Grads, Experienced Doctors, Practice ...Easton, PA, USA
Relief Veterinarian | Full or Part time | Bangor, MEBroadway Veterinary Clinic Broadway Veterinary Clinic in Bangor, ME is seeking a Relief Veterinarian that values patient care and thrives in a collaborative environment! Why Broadway Veterinary Clinic ? We're focused on making ...Bangor, ME, USA
Veterinarian - ReliefWhite Oak Veterinary Clinic White Oak Veterinary Clinic in White Oak, PA--outside of Pittsburgh--is in immediate need of a relief veterinarian to assist our clinic in seeing patients and performing surgical duties. Why White ...White Oak, PA, USA
Relief Veterinarian - Appointment Based ModelVetco Working as a Vetco relief veterinarian, YOU indicate your rate of pay. This independent contractor position is a great opportunity for all veterinarians : New Grads, Experienced Doctors, Practice ...Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Relief VeterinarianVetco Clinics Vetco is looking for caring Relief Veterinarians to work flexible part-time schedules at our vaccination clinics in over 1000 Petco locations worldwide. Are you a new graduate, an associate ...Watertown, NY, USA
Relief Veterinariannorth attleboro animal clinic Looking for a relief Veterinarian for one / or all of our practices. We are flexible with schedules. We have great staff and clients. This position could lead to full time and/ or permanent positionNorth Attleboro, MA, USA
Relief Veterinarian - Anthony Wayne Animal HospitalPathway Vet Alliance Description Position at Anthony Wayne Animal Hospital Anthony Wayne Animal Hospital is seeking a part-time Associate Veterinarian to join ourhighly trained team of professionals in a well-established ...Maumee, OH, USA
Associate VeterinarianPathway Vet Alliance Most weekends covered by part-time/relief veterinarian. Stephenville Texas is the home of the Texans at Tarleton State University and offers many amenities of a larger city, including great shopping ...Dublin, TX, USA
VeterinarianPetroglyph Veterinary Holdings ... Relief Veterinarians to join our exceptional practice and dedicated, six doctor team, for shifts based on your work-life balance needs. We are looking for a Veterinarian who has a collaborative ...Albuquerque, NM, USA
FT/PT Emergency VeterinarianShoals Area Veterinary Emergency Hospital ... of relief veterinarians). We have a spacious, newly remodeled facility and are located along the beautiful Tennessee River in downtown Florence, Alabama. We support the veterinarians from over 15 ...Florence, AL, USA
doctorTexas Veterinary Medical Association Full time, Part time or Relief Veterinarian Leander Veterinary Clinic Leander Veterinary Clinic is currently seeking a Full-time, Part-time or Relief veterinarian to join our small animal practiceLeander, TX, USA
Associate relief veterinarianAVF Veterinary Services, PLLC We are looking for a highly motivated veterinarian to join our relief team in Wilmington, NC. Work 4 days a week, with a schedule a month in advance. Earn a guaranteed salary, plus benefits including ...Wilmington, NC, USA
FT or PT Relief Veterinarian/ Greater Lehigh Valley RegionCommunity Veterinary Partners We are seeking Veterinarians interested in providing relief services to our patients within our Greater Lehigh Valley regions's network of animal hospitals . If the idea of supporting multiple ...Harrisburg, PA, USA
Regional Relief Veterinarian for St. Louis/Missouri and Southern IL AreaAlliance Animal Health For Full Time Relief Veterinarians (30+ hours/week); A comprehensive benefit package that includes paid vacation/sick time/holidays, health, dental, vision, liability, 401K, life & supplemental ...Saint Louis, MO, USA
Regional Relief VeterinarianAlliance Animal Health Full or Part Time Relief Veterinarian Compassionate, Team Player and Strong Communicator Proficient in general medicine and surgery Experience preferred but new graduates seeking mentorship are ...Crete, IL, USA
VeterinarianGulf Coast Humane Society ... relief veterinarians at the practice on a daily basis · Serve as ambassador between GCHS, customers, and the veterinary community Company Description Gulf Coast Humane Society is a regional ...Fort Myers, FL, USA
Associate VeterinarianHalifax Veterinary Center We have had relief veterinarians comment to us about loving our staff and the quality treatment given to patients here. Our office staff is equally responsible for our thriving practice and our ...Port Orange, FL, USA
VeterinarianAnimal Emergency Clinic Flexible Schedule - Large Production BONUS - FT/PT/Relief Veterinarian The Animal Emergency Clinic of Springfield is hiring both Part-time and Full time Veterinarians for our expanding emergency ...Springfield, IL, USA
Relief / Associate VeterinarianCoarsegold Veterinary Hospital Coarsegold Veterinary Hospital is seeking an Relief Veterinarian to join our hospital! Our pet health clinic is devoted to the prevention and treatment of diseases in small animal pets. We've made it ...Coarsegold, CA, USA
Relief VeterinarianKriser's Natural Pet As the veterinarian based in our Independent Pet Partners' stores, your mission is to provide preventive pet care and advice to store customers. We are in general medicine, no complicated cases, no ...Chicago, IL, USA
Relief Veterinary TechnicianBest Friends Animal Society Report any medical or behavioral concerns to the Pet Care Manager and follow through with contacting the appropriate veterinarian. Schedule and facilitate appointments at Partner Veterinary groups ...New York, NY, USA
Relief Veterinarian-Los AngelesBest Friends Animal Society Mission Hills, CA Best Friends staff veterinarians provide high quality veterinary care for Best Friends Animal Society program animals. This includes pets in our care as well as high-quality, high ...Mission Hills, CA, USA
Veterinarian, Missouri - Multiple LocationsThrive Affordable Vet Care THRIVE is Seeking a Locum Veterinarian for our Lee's Summit location, Full-Time DVM's for our Barrytown Kansas City location and New Grads for our Lee's Summit and Brentwood locations! We're a ...Lee's Summit, MO, USA
VeterinarianAdobe Animal Hospital Any We are currently looking for Relief Veterinarians to assist our hospitals with urgent care or scheduled appointments. Both hospitals are currently completely curbside. Los Gatos-clients check in ...Los Gatos, CA, USA
Relief VeterinarianEnvigo Come and join us as a Relief Veterinarian in our Cumberland, VA location - we have an exciting future ahead! Is this you? We are seeking a Relief Veterinarian to join our dynamic team! This position ...Cumberland, VA, USA
Relief / Full or Part - time Veterinarian - No weekendsOlympic Pet Hospital We are currently seeking, for immediate hire, a relief veterinarian who is able to work independently for 1-2 full days per week for the next 4 months while our associate is on maternity leaveLos Angeles, CA, USA
Relief Veterinarian Opprotunities in Houston & College Station, TXChasing Tails Mobile Veterinary Services We are a growing practice looking for Relief Veterinarians in both College Station & Houston, TX. Flexible Hours is a huge benefit of this position. We are house call practice and not brick and ...Houston, TX, USA
Relief Veterinarian - Spay/NeuterThe Animal Foundation Under administrative direction, responsible for providing high quality veterinary care of shelter and/or client owned animals, shelter medicine, spay/neuter surgeries and disease control protocolsLas Vegas, NV, USA
Mobile VeterinarianJobot This mobile veterinary company is seeking a relief veterinarian to cover their daytime shift. The hours are 9-5, and the schedule is very flexible depending on availability. Why join us? * Designated ...Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
Relief VeterinarianVet Service Inc/Pet Shot Express Relief Veterinarian for Weekend Work doing community outreach vaccine clinics. Depending on the routes, we pay between $500 - $600 per day. Must have valid Florida Veterinary License and be available ...Sarasota County, FL, USA
VeterinarianAlder Trail Animal Hospital New graduates will be considered Relief Veterinarians will be considered. *Base Salary is Dependent on Experience. Employment Type: Full Time Years Experience: 1 - 3 years Salary: $100,000 - $125,000 ...Bremerton, WA, USA
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine LocumBanfield Pet Hospital Locum Veterinarian Summary of Job Purpose and Function The primary purpose and function of the Relief Veterinarian is to provide preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of ...Mesquite, TX, USA
Relief Veterinarian for small animal practiceArmistead Avenue Veterinary Hospital Relief veterinarian wanted to work Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings. Would possibly be flexible for other days. Armistead Avenue Veterinary Hospital is an AAHA certified, small animal ...Hampton, VA, USA
Full-time, Part-time or Relief VeterinarianBergen Veterinary Hospital Corp Bergen Veterinary Hospital, located in Bergen County NJ, is seeking a Full-time, Part-time or Relief Veterinarian. Excellent opportunity to practice high-quality medicine in a friendly atmosphere. We ...Teaneck, NJ, USA
8 Essential Locum Relief Veterinarian Tips…
So, you want a life in which you can pick and choose when and where you work – you want to be a Relief Locum Vet*. You want to spend three months employed by a clinic in London, four weeks exploring your favourite vacation spots in Asia, and a month working part-time in Canada. Or perhaps you just want more control over your schedule so you can spend more time with your kids, conducting research or being entrepreneurial. Or you might just thrive on variety, enjoy meeting fellow industry professionals or want to broaden your experience and expertise.
Whatever the reason, all that is possible if you’re a Relief Locum Veterinary professional.
Most experienced Relief Locum Vets have a good idea of where they want to go, what types of practices they want to experience, and how long they want to enjoy the locum lifestyle. As a newbie, you need to do the same – knowing your Why will help lead to your How, When and Where. Understanding what’s motivating you from leaving the relative security of a full-time position is also important in helping you frame your approach to becoming a Relief Locum Veterinarian.
- Do you want to augment your income with part-time work in your current city?
- Are you hoping for long-term locum work to be closer to a relative in need?
- Are you feeling a tad burned out, and looking to calm things down a bit with slightly simpler responsibilities?
- Do you want to learn more about working in a mixed-practice environment?
- Is there a particular expertise or specialisation you’d like to “shadow” with an expert?
When you have a good idea of your goals and timeline, you’ll be able to take the necessary steps to set yourself up for the best outcomes. And write your motivations down somewhere safe, and then revisit them every month or so – it’s easy to get sidetracked.
Check Your Certifications
Don’t even begin to pursue a Locum Vet career until you’ve verified your eligibility in the state or country in which you intend to work. While you may be qualified and certified to work in Tasmania, British Columbia, Wales, or California, you’ll need to meet specific requirements in other jurisdictions. Whilst the Medical standards are mostly equivalent, each country or even State also has similar but different local rules and regulations different to what you have experienced in your home environment that you will need to qualify for, and prove that you have qualified. And the complexity of qualifying varies widely – sometimes a simple provision of certified documents of your qualifications is sufficient, but in most cases there is some form of test, exam or interview (or all of the above) before you can start to practice. In many jurisdictions you might not be able to practice as a Vet without qualifying locally, but your qualifications may allow you to practice as a supervised Vet Nurse.
Get Insurance Cover
You’ll want to be responsible for your own Professional Indemnity Cover to ensure that you’re consistently insured. Firstly because, one clinic’s coverage likely won’t protect you against a claim filed against you six months before you arrived. Second, if you’re working consecutive short-term locum jobs, adding and removing you from each clinic’s cover is a hassle and bound to cause gaps due to paperwork processing and administrative errors. If you are planning to work internationally then you will need to get local advice as to how to get insurance cover, particularly in the USA where litigation is frequent.
Find A Reliable Accountant
Hiring someone to handle your paychecks, taxes, and retirement planning is well worth the money you’ll spend on their services. An accountant can help you decide how to set up your business and spot those deductions you might miss. As a travelling Locum Vet, you’ll be surprised by how many expenses you can claim as tax deductions.
Set Your Own Rates
A Relief Locum Vet with consistent work can make as much as 20-30% more per year than if she were to stay in a permanent position – you need to know how much to charge as a Locum Vet. Rates may vary between 20% and 35% more per hour than full time hourly rates, and most Relief Locum Vets have a fixed “Day Rate” plus an additional hours rate when days go longer than 8 hours – make sure that you bill every billable hour. In most cases, your specialisation and experience won’t be as important as your willingness to perform some of the more mundane tasks, unusual hours and routine duties.
Regional and mixed-practice clinics typically pay more than those in large cities, because they have a more difficult time filling permanent or temporary openings. If you’re being contracted specifically to perform as the Lead Veterinarian or in any management role, you’ll want to request a higher rate again.
Before you set your rates or accept a position with a fixed compensation plan, take a close look at your own expenses and priorities, and chat with your accountant. While you’re likely to make more at a Relief Locum job, it might not be enough if you’re paying rent, accommodation costs or fuel whilst you travel on top of a mortgage, or you’re making higher payments on a vehicle you purchased specifically to live a more nomadic lifestyle.
You’ll also want to factor in the “downtime” in between positions, as well as contingencies. Gigs fall through at short notice, and you likely won’t have sick pay while temporarily employed.
Develop A Boilerplate Contract
As a freelancer, you’re well within your rights to present a contract that protects your interests, rather than concede to signing your temporary employers’. Either way, you’ll want to make clear—in writing—your fees, the dates of your obligation, the scope of your Locum Vet duties and responsibilities, and how (or if) you’ll be compensated for travel and housing. You’ll also want to specify responsibility for liability, as well as setting the frequency and method of payment, typically weekly, and sometimes in advance.
All contracts are subject to customisation. If your employer insists on using theirs, assert your right to make changes.
One of the benefits of a career as a travelling Relief Locum Vet is learning to live a streamlined, “pick up and go” lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for temporary employment during a sabbatical from your regular position or making a full-time career out of short-term work, organisation is imperative to preserving your sanity and optimising your efficiency.
If you’re supplementing your hours with part-time work at a clinic across town, you’ll still want to have a system to keep everything in order.
Paperwork: Keep ALL your documents and certifications together in a file box as well as scan them to an online storage location such as Dropbox, and remain disciplined in putting things where they need to be. If you’re on the road, it never hurts to keep scanned copies on a secure cloud server, and in a portable hard drive. If important documents are lost or stolen, it’s more of a hassle to get official copies when you’re moving from place to place.
Build your vet kit: Keep your exam gloves, stethoscope, apparel, and other personal work items separate from the rest of your luggage. If you’re working locally, consider keeping a duplicate kit specifically for your relief work, especially if the clinic has its own dress code.
Minimise your belongings: You might not have as much room to store your stuff as you’d like, and if you’re travelling with the purpose of taking advantage of recreational opportunities, it’s a good idea to take what you need and rent the rest. You never know when a favoured Locum Vet position will pop up across the continent, so you’ll want to be ready to go without calling a moving service or resurrecting Hannibal’s army to carry your kit to your destination.
Put Yourself On The Market
How are you going to find the ideal locum positions? How will clinics find you? If you want to target specific practices, locations, or specialities, you’ll need to be proactive.
- Build a resume specific to locum work
- Register with specialty Relief Locum websites and Apps such as VetLocumotion to maintain your schedule and availability as well as source new work
- Draft cover letters tailored to individual clinics in your target area
- Register with a recruiting firm catering to veterinary professionals
- Create an account with a veterinary job search website
- Join some Social Media groups that network and chat about Relief Locum work
- Ask colleagues to spread the word when you (or they) are at conferences or workshops
- Consider collaborating with another Relief Locum vet professional as a “package deal”; some clinics are run by couples that want to get away together, or that may want to send multiple staff to conferences or training programs, so having a double act can be handy
- Collect references and online endorsements and site link LinkedIn or Facebook at every opportunity
Put down those hot glowing irons. We’re not talking about that kind of branding (unless you are Locumming on a cattle ranch). If you’re going to make a go of Relief Veterinary work as the next step in your career, you might want to invest in a marketing campaign that sets you up as an ideal candidate and prompts potential employers to reach out to you. Here are some ideas:
- Build a website: An online site allows you to link to your information when you e-mail inquiries to prospective clinics. You might have a calendar page that keeps track of your availability, a biography page to help employers better identify with you, and an outline of your experience. Use discretion on the amount of personal information you post online, and consider using a contact form to avoid your e-mail account being clogged with spam. Try Wix or Squarespace.
- Write about your experiences: Keep a blog or submit essays to vet magazines and websites. You’ll make a name for yourself and upgrade your reputation (in marketing terms, this is called brand authority or industry thought leadership). You’ll obviously want to avoid negative comments about past employers, but when you use creative marketing through editorial channels, you can enhance your resume and your exposure.
- Social Media: Join a few key Social Media groups that can help your visibility and act as a referral network; be active once a week or so
- Create a contact list: Personal phone calls or letters are always best, but one way or another, you’ll want to keep your name present in the minds of your target clinics. Send personalised e-mails with attachments, such as your resume in PDF form, and links to your website. Don’t be generic; address your correspondence to the clinic’s decision-makers, and do your homework in advance.
Clinics want to make sure they’re hiring someone who will step in and seamlessly perform their duties. Be professional, concise, and responsive in your communication. Be neat and tidy in your appearance. Prepare to be flexible, and to stretch your skills…and park your ego. Be willing to take on tasks you’d otherwise delegate to more junior team members, and build a reputation as an easy-going but diligent and organised temporary Team Member.
Who knows? With the right approach and these guidelines, you might convince the Vets at your preferred clinics to pack up and go on a world tour, because clearly, you’re the solution to their Relief Locum Vet needs, and you’ve got them covered.
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