Navigating the Veterinary Job Market: Landing a Job

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Have you recently graduated from veterinary school or have a graduation coming up? Wondering how to work your way around the competitive veterinary field to land your first – or dream – job? Here are some tips to keep in mind as you embark on that search:


  • Define your career goals – From the type of veterinary medicine you want to practice, to knowing how much of your time you want to spend in continuing education or training, set goals and expectations for yourself so that you are searching with purpose and not jumping at the first job opening you see.
  • Prepare – Have your resume and references updated, request letters of recommendation and keep those on file, and familiarize yourself with how to sell your strengths so that you can be focused and comfortable when you start landing interviews.
  • Keep options open – You might not get an interview request right away, and when you do, it might not be in the area in which you would like to live. But by being willing to relocate or work in a different setting than you imagined, you will have more opportunities presented to you and most likely will have the luxury of choosing which offer to accept.


You may also benefit from using a recruiting service that specializes in veterinary medicine, like DVM Consulting & Recruiting Services. We know you have numerous opportunities and might feel unsure of which one to choose. A lot of young vets fear they’ve made the wrong choice and must live with it for the next 12 months or more. We can assist you in knowing what questions to ask and getting the inside scoop on what the practice is looking for. We have a successful history of making good matches for doctors and clinics, and we can help you navigate these unfamiliar waters.