Saturday, December 2, 2023
3.8 C
HomeBeef‘The demands of vets today are extremely different to what we saw...
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
Reading Time: 6 minutes

‘The demands of vets today are extremely different to what we saw 5-10 years ago’ is an industry-leading global digital veterinary job and professional development platform providing new graduate, locum, and permanent roles along with an expert continuing education webinar service across various countries, including Ireland, UK, USA, CA, NZ, and Australia.

Its offices are in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, on the family dairy farm, Letterloan Holsteins.

The company initially focused on providing locum relief services to practices across the island of Ireland.

However, it has grown to establish itself with a leading global presence, now offering locum, permanent and specialist roles.

It has secured the majority of the key corporate supply contracts worldwide and a host of independent businesses.

It is a digitally focused service with a unique software system processing 1000s of vacancies every week with 1,000s of vets & nurses using the systems also.

These algorithms are specialised to offer a detailed understanding of the candidates’ skills and experience to match them with the most suitable roles available.

Further, every user gets assigned a personal advisor who is always on hand to speak directly with these people.

Its team comprises many experienced professionals – including vets, digital marketers, and senior management members – with some from farming and equine backgrounds.

Their passion and commitment have allowed the company to develop one of the leading digital presences in the veterinary world.

It offers a range of full services working across all seniority of roles and sectors within the industry.

Vets and nurses can find a range of new graduate, permanent and locum roles – across companion/small animal, mixed, large/farm animal and equine.

Also, it offers clinical director and specialist/more experienced roles and even some government/non-clinical/sales roles.

Its clients tend to be corporate and independent veterinary practices, ranging from 1 vet practices up to billion-pound companies, along with some industry businesses, which include pharmaceutical, diagnostic or research companies.

Its users tend to be veterinary surgeons and vet nurses who use the platform daily for jobs and for their continuing education.


There are two main pathways for the service –

  • For vets & nurses – You register for free. You are able to avail of its software algorithms to filter the jobs which are most suitable to you. You also get a dedicated personal advisor. get to know who you are and what you want, it suggests and find you a suitable position. It is “with you every step of the way”.
  • For practices & businesses – You register and the platform connect you to a suitable candidate based on your requirements and also supply pre-screen info on skills, accreditation etc, and then assist with interviews, contract negotiations, offerings, visa & legal registrations ect.

Ed Taylor BVMS MRCVS, managing director of The Vet Service, told That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane:

“Our job platform is 100% free for vets seeking a job. Practices who want to use our service to hire a vet or nurse pay a one-off fee every time an employee starts with their business.”

“We are really lucky to have clients who are happy to continually use our services which is great.”

“As for our education platform, it costs roughly £150 per year for all the continuing education you need. It is popular with younger graduates looking to avail of those services.”

“It is a real privilege to be able to work alongside so many fantastic businesses and also with the veterinary surgeons who use our services daily.”

“We have been very lucky that our established corporate and independent clients have always been very quick to recommend our services to other stakeholders in the industry.”

“That has made initial conversations with new clients coming on board all the better.”

Work-life balance

Whether rightly or wrongly, he added, not only vets but many working people are now focused on their own work/life balance, mental well-being and family time.

He pointed out that this is in “stark” contrast to some of the working hours that many vets endured years ago.

“There has to be the realisation that this mindset is here to stay, along with a shifting demographic change in the type of people who are vets nowadays.”

“No matter what each of us thinks of the situation, these are some factors we need to co-ordinate our working environments through.”

“There has been a huge upheaval within the vet sector over the past ten years, particularly with the growth of the corporate sector.”

“The demands of veterinary surgeons today are extremely different to what we saw even 5-10 years ago.”

Investment and event

With a desire to continue delivering for clients and users, it will invest “significantly” and re-developing its whole software and digital offering over the next year to “take things to the next level” in terms of user experience.

It strives to continue to understand the needs of vets and nurses worldwide and acknowledges that although there are major themes in the industry at the moment, “no two people are the same”.

“Everyone has different challenges and hopes that we will try to assist with.”

“We are also looking forward to moving into new premises in 2023 and continuing to expand our own company team numbers – so if anyone reading feels like they would like to get involved – just ask.”

Titanic Vet Show

Although it attends major veterinary events around the world, it is now planning the inaugural Titanic Vet Show at Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast on May 5th, 2023.

It plans to hold a day of continuing education and an evening gala dinner overlooking the old titanic docks.

The whole event will raise funds for a charity, VetSupport, which helps vets and nurses with their mental health.

Organisers have secured some of the top speakers in the veterinary industry today to lecture at the event.

They “look forward to welcoming the veterinary world to Northern Ireland for a change and hope to showcase everything we have here to a global audience in person”.

You can find out more about The Vet Service by visiting its website.

- Advertisment -

Most Popular