My motivation for writing this book is that I care deeply about our profession. Veterinary medicine has been good to me. I’ve had an amazing first two decades. I’m still in love with being a vet and I will never get bored while examining animals and having a conversation with the owner about their family life. For me, a large part of this job is about making friends and being an important part of someone’s life.
I want to help today’s new graduates deal with the challenges and pressures they will inevitably face. I hope to provide something that wasn’t available to me when I graduated, although it would have been massively helpful. Today’s graduates face financial stress, the fear of being sued and a whole bunch of other pressures. This state of affairs suggests we’re not looking after our next generation of veterinarians particularly well. With so many graduating schools each year, there’s a real challenge to even find a suitable job in the first place.
Think of this book as a foothold for new graduates who want to jump on this crazy ride called veterinary medicine. It’s intended as a guide to help you achieve your dreams, rather than burning out in a series of nightmares.