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Dear New Grads.....

Posted in Our Community @ Feb 9th 2017 - By Dr Ilana Mendels, Creative Director VetPrac
Dear New Grads

Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse and reproduced here with full permission

Dear New Grads, 

Welcome to the profession.

I am writing a little letter to you in honour of my bosses who shaped me and for the profession I love that I hope you will enjoy. 

You are about to embark on a great adventure. You are no longer being supervised or marked. The animals under your care, are your responsibility. Stand up for them, with kindness and compassion, intelligence and sincerity. 

The profession you are in is a scientific one. Search for truth using tests and discussions. Listen to advice, but question it too. It's okay to be wrong, it's not okay to ignore a situation if you know your idea is better. Fight for science. 

Practice patience. It allows things to unfold gracefully. This applies to the respect clients and nurses and other vets will have for you. It applies to the time it takes to get good. It applies to time it takes for some clients to make decisions. It applies to everything... life can not be swiped and the idea of "instant gratification" boosting happiness is bullshit. 

Do your job. Know your roles and responsibilities. Fill the role you took and be responsible. Don't expect a nurse, kennel hand or fellow vet to cover or fix your problems. They will help you if you try. But if you don't show yourself as trying they will shun you, because it will look like you don't care about them, your patients, your job, or the profession . 

Know that in time, money will come. Use the first 2 years to build skills and see what interests you. An inexperienced vet is only worth what they know. An experienced vet is worth what they can do. Be clear with your employer about what you want to learn to do. 

Try not to blow your pay on drugs and alcohol, which will kill your brain cells and depress your capacity to enjoy a real and meaningful life. 

Mindfully savour the lives you make better through your work. Enjoy the wins and cry over the losses. 

Build meaningful relationships with your colleagues and clients. 

True joy comes from finding your flow. 

Above all - shine from the inside out. 

Show the world what your made of. If you are shy, speak quietly and clearly and decide that when you do speak your words are meaningful. If you are proud, remember to hoist others on your shoulders... that's what broad shoulders are for. Don't try to be something you're not. There is a place for you. We just have to find it. 

You have the capacity to do great things. 

Whatever you dream you can do, begin it! Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it, now! 

See you soon 


About Ilana


Since graduating from the University of Sydney, Dr Ilana Mendels has worked in a variety of veterinary practices as well as a locum in England. Throughout her experiences, Dr Mendels became aware of the “isolation” a vet can feel, particularly in a rural community, when things get busy or times get tough. 

 In September 2009, Dr Mendels founded VetPrac to meet the professional and social needs of registered veterinary surgeons interested in provided quality services to their clients. VetPrac workshops have provided practical training for over 300 vets.

Click here to visit the VetPrac Page in the Vetanswers Business Directory


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