How to secure the salary you deserve

As a veterinary professional, there has never been a better time to negotiate your salary. Why? Because not only will experienced vets always be in high demand but also the talent pool is drying up – making you a very valuable and desirable candidate. Carry on reading for advice on how to secure the salary you deserve. 

1. Do your market research 

Before you delve into your pay negotiations, it is crucial you know what you’re talking about! Chat with fellow professionals in the veterinary field so you can estimate how much is reasonable to ask for. We recommend asking people outside of your practice, but who work in the local area for the most accurate salary scope. Glassdoor is an invaluable tool for salary research and can help you decide whether you are getting paid fairly based on your role, expertise and location. 

2. Plan the conversation 

Just like you wouldn’t go into an interview unprepared, make sure you don’t turn up without at least a vague idea of how you want the conversation to go. Be specific about what you’re asking for and why you deserve it, backed up by market research and specific examples of when you have gone above and beyond.

Remember to go into the meeting with self-confidence, reminding yourself why you are worthy of a pay increase. 

3. Focus on your value-add

While it’s all well and good to ask for a pay rise, you need to underpin your request with tangible examples of where you add value to the practice; as well as the qualifications/experience you have that sets you apart from your colleagues. Keep records of your accomplishments, positive feedback, and any additional responsibilities you’ve taken on. Having evidence to support your request can be very persuasive.

Best time to ask? 

  • Your next performance review: This is arguably one of the best times to bring pay up as you will likely be discussing your performance at work and therefore salary will probably be mentioned. 
  • Increased Responsibilities: If you’ve taken on additional responsibilities at work, such as supervising other staff members, managing a department, or handling more complex cases, you can use this as a basis for requesting a pay raise.
  • When your manager isn’t overrun: Like we all learned the hard way when we were kids, there’s no point asking someone for something when they are busy or stressed. Wait for a calm period in your manager’s work calendar and then make your move. 


Choice Vets wishes you all the best of luck in your request! If you decide your talents would be put to better use elsewhere then get in touch with our recruiters, who will be able to link you up with new and exciting opportunities in the veterinary space!