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Will I lose my amazing veterinary nurse to another clinic?

Posted in Management @ Mar 3rd 2022 - By Dr Jocelyn Birch Baker, Practice Owner & Director Smooth Operating Vets
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Is there competition for veterinary staff in your area? 

There is in mine. 

A massive, brand spanking new clinic is being built nearby and my lead nurse lives there. 

Will she leave me and travel 10 minutes to work or keep doing the 40 minutes to our clinic? 

Looks pretty obvious, doesn't it? 

I do not want to lose her. 

Her work ethic is fantastic, her knowledge and ability superb. 

She has the patience of a saint and the ability to train our new team members to the highest level. They all revere her. 

There's only one way to find out...

Well, the best way to get an answer to that question is to ask her. 

So I did. Our nurse said, "My partner and I have discussed this. He says, and I totally agree with him, why would I leave here? We plan to have a family in the future and if I stay at High Street Veterinary Surgery, I know you'll treat me well and that I'll be looked after.

If I move, I don't know how I'll be treated." 

Well, relief all around! I'm proud that we have something special at High Street Veterinary Surgery and each team member wants to be here. 

Now for the big questions...

Is this your teams' attitude? 

Will they stay with you? 

Would you like to be able to build a culture in your practice like this too? 

Would you like to have team members who say no to other clinics? 

I'd be happy to have a chat with you to talk about recruiting vets and vet nurses and building a culture where they want to stay. You can email me at

About Jocelyn

Dr Jocelyn Birch Baker graduated in 1983. She worked in clinical practice for a number of years, as well as in the beef cattle space and also had 2 children. She then returned to clinical work as a single parent and was fortunate to work in a practice where her family life was never questioned. She was supported and encouraged which meant she was not only able to be involved in as much clinical work as possible, but also completed post graduate courses. Both of her children are now professionals in their own fields. 

She now owns and manages High Street Veterinary Surgery in Queensland - a VERY female oriented practice that provides both the flexibility and necessary structure to ensure the mums on her team are happy and confident to return to work after maternity leave.

She now strongly believes it is time for her to share her learnings and support with as many women in the veterinary industry as she can, so they too can experience the wonderful opportunity to have children and also have a fantastic career in the clinical veterinary space.

If you would like to find ways of moving back to clinical work with knowledge and confidence please email Jocelyn - she would LOVE to hear from you.

Click here to visit Smooth Operating Vets in our Business Directory


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