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How do you move on and grow after leaving a long-term veterinary job?

Posted in Our Community @ Sep 13th 2018 - By Anonymous
How Do You Move On And Grow After Leaving A Long Term Veterinary Job

When you leave a long-term job because things no longer feel right - how do you move forward from the feelings of grief? How do you get back the motivation & spark?

A difficult yet important question from a member of our Community...

Recently I resigned from my job after twelve years of service. It's a fantastic practice with wonderful clients and a great standard of care. But there was increasing pressure to sell, sell, sell, without management genuinely trying to improve our service where there was scope to do better. As a result, we were chronically understaffed when appropriate staffing would have increased employee satisfaction, client satisfaction and workplace productivity. It was a no-brainer for everyone but the practice owner. 

Ultimately, on the personal front, it felt like my world was shrinking. What if I continued my whole career in this one practice? Would I stop learning new things and acquire some bad habits? How do employed vets continue to grow?

I couldn't see a way forward where I was. When I began feeling unhappy, I worked harder. Took more shifts, did more hours. But that took its toll.

The challenge is that on resigning, I felt and continue to feel grief. And my motivation is sapped. I feel burned out, exhausted, and a bit disillusioned with the direction our profession is heading in. I'm a passionate, committed and compassionate veterinarian, but I am left feeling cynical about the mission statements of veterinary clinics.

I would like to hear from veterinarians who've been here and done that. How do people cope when they leave a long-term veterinary job? How do they move on and grow?

We would really value any advice or suggestions from anyone in our Community. You can either add your comments below - which you can do anonymously by just adding anon in the name section and your email is not shown publicly. Or if you're more comfortable, email your response to and I can then forward it to the author of this post.

If you have a question or are seeking advice on any aspect of your work or career in the veterinary industry, please email me ( and I'm always happy to share it with our Community and ask for answers to help you out. You can choose to add your name or if you prefer, remain anonymous.


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