Vets Now is already the leading provider of out-of-hours veterinary care in the UK — and our goal is to be the best vet in the UK to work for.
As part of that ambition, our range of training and induction programmes are tailored to give vet surgeons the hands-on experience they need to realise their potential. One of those — Refresh Your Edge — is a hugely popular 12-week distance learning programme that’s designed for vets who already have a solid level of knowledge and expertise but want to brush up on their skills before taking sole charge.
It allows vets to study in their own time, at a pace that suits their lifestyle — and on completion of the course, there will be a full-time or part-time job waiting for them. Here we ask five vets how enrolling on Refresh Your Edge set them up for a rewarding and fulfilling career at Vets Now.
MUM-of-one Weronika Gwiazda, 35, works for Vets Now in Chippenham and did Refresh Your Edge in 2016. She said the programme was exactly what she needed before embarking on a career in ECC.
Weronika, who is originally from Poland and expecting her second child, said: “I particularly liked the fact I could study from home and that I was able to work my notice in my old job while doing the training.
“I enjoyed the mix of weekly lectures and practical sessions, which took place over three weekends, and the mentored shifts were also very valuable as they gave me a chance to see, in real life, just what a job in ECC would look like.
“After completing the programme, I felt far more confident in my abilities as an emergency vet. But I was also more open to talking honestly about mistakes. We are all human and mistakes happen and the key is to discuss them openly and learn from them. This was one of my biggest takeaways from the course.”
“I was also attracted by the flexible working hours and higher salary compared to most daytime vet jobs. The programme really boosted my professional knowledge and helped my self-confidence and self-esteem.”
LUKASZ Rybczynski, 32, who is based in Portsmouth and has one child, said Refresh Your Edge helped boost his confidence and taught him a great deal, including essential surgical techniques.
Lukasz said: “It was fantastic. The webinars, practical sessions and specialist seminars were all really useful and gave me a great understanding of ECC. The course also gave me much more confidence in my abilities as an emergency vet.
“I learned a lot of surgical techniques that I didn’t know before, and my medical knowledge was refreshed. If you have an interest in ECC and feel you need to refresh your skills before starting a new job then I’d definitely recommend Refresh Your Edge.”
KATHRYN Volk, who is an emergency vet at Vets Now in Bristol, completed Refresh Your Edge last year. She chose to do the programme because it gave her the flexibility to learn about emergency and critical care whenever and wherever she wanted.
Kathryn said: “One of the biggest draws for me was how flexible the programme was and the fact I was able to do it without disrupting my family life too much. It really helped my confidence levels and even my self-worth.
“One of the other big advantages was the great support network I gained while doing it.”
LYNNE Faulconbridge, 44, graduated from vet school more than 20 years ago and enrolled for Refresh Your Edge after deciding to move from daytime practice into ECC. She now works in our Birmingham clinic.
Lynne said: “I would certainly recommend Refresh Your Edge to general practice veterinary surgeons who want to convert to ECC work. There are many differences between daytime practice and ECC and RYE helps prepare candidates for these.
“I made very good friends with the other vets on the course and we are still in almost daily contact. The course also helps integrate vets into the company and instil its aims and values.”
If you would like to follow in the footsteps of our five vets, you can find out more about the distance learning Refresh Your Edge programme here and our fast-track AdvantEdge induction programme here.