Work Issues

The number of calls to Vetlife Helpline on employment issues exceeds any other subject. In spite of rigorous training, high-level intelligence and having a real vocation, many veterinary professionals are unhappy in their work.

Common issues

  • the frequent lack of written contracts
  • a highly stressful and often critical working environment
  • the lack of soft skills such as negotiation and conflict management

The welfare of the animals is, and should be, top of our agenda but it is sometimes used as an excuse for neglecting working relationships with colleagues. Modern veterinary practice involves people working together as a team. If the team is not healthy, it is not possible to provide a professional level of care for our patients or service to our clients.