3 ways to make a great first impression as a locum vet

Regardless of how long you’re going to be filling a position, it is vital to start with your best foot forward and build rapport with your temporary team. In this blog, we discuss 3 ways in which you can make a dazzling first impression as a locum vet.


  1. Talk to your colleagues!


Make an effort to get to know your colleagues – you’re going to be spending a lot of time together after all. Say hello when you arrive, smile and show that you’re a friendly, approachable person. Plus, having a few friendly faces around the workplace will make your days a lot more enjoyable. It also means if you need support or to ask for advice, there will be plenty of people willing to help you out.


  1. Be flexible 


It’s important to remember that each veterinary practice has its own way of doing things, so you might need to adapt in order for everything to carry on running smoothly. Remember – if you’re not sure, it’s always better to ask rather than assume. As time goes on, the more you will learn about the practice’s policies and procedures and you never know, you might learn something new that you can take with you to your next role. Flexibility is key to being a successful locum vet and will demonstrate to senior managers that you are a quick learner who can work effectively in any environment.


  1. Learn to say ‘no’


As a locum vet, you obviously want to come across in the best light and show that you’re a hard worker. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t set boundaries to protect yourself from burning out. Obviously, there is a huge demand for veterinary professionals and therefore you may be asked to do extra hours here and there. To avoid overextending yourself at work, it is a good idea to set expectations from the outset. For example, let your employer know if you’re not willing to work anti-social hours, or if 5 shifts in a row is your max. Also, make sure to share any areas of clinical practice which you are not comfortable with/have limited experience in so there is no confusion down the line or disappointed managers. As long as you are on the same page as your manager, and transparent about what you can and can’t do – everything will run seamlessly!


Here at Choice Vets, we have a variety of locum roles available. Speak to our dedicated team on 0203 9784 104 to find out more or let us know what you’re after via email at [email protected].

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