At Vets Now, we’re determined to equip our staff with the skills and experience they need to achieve their full potential — be it through CPD, clinical support, or via one of our emergency and critical care induction programmes.
One such programme is Cutting Edge, aimed at vets who are keen to work in ECC but who’d like to build up their confidence and skills before taking sole charge.
Conor Nicholson, from Newark in Nottinghamshire, is in our latest intake of Cutting Edge vets. Having fallen in love with the fast-paced nature of ECC while working in a mixed practice, Conor joined Vets Now to improve his skills and achieve the highest standards of care for his patients and their owners.
If you would like to follow in Conor’s footsteps, click here to find out more.
Tell me a bit about your background?
I grew up in Newark, Nottinghamshire. After leaving school I began working in a pub while continuing my A-levels at college. At first, I thought I’d just missed the entry requirements for the Royal Veterinary College, but I was lucky enough to be accepted after attending an interview there.
When did you first decide to become a vet?
Becoming a vet hasn’t always been a passion of mine. I always knew I wanted to do something related to medicine, but thought I’d be a human doctor. The turning point was when I did some work experience in a veterinary clinic at 16 years old and fell in love with the profession.
Give me a quick rundown of your career?
I graduated from the RVC in 2017 and began working in a mixed practice where I was exposed to a whole range of animals and cases. I soon realised that working in out-of-hours emergency and critical care really excited me and made me love being a vet. I felt I could make the biggest difference working on these cases and that the animal and owner needed me most. I decided to apply for a job at Vets Now because I felt they could help me improve on my skills.
What’s the most enjoyable thing about being a vet?
Being able to take a very sick animal and make them better. The reunion between the pet and their owner when they are back to full health is something really special and makes you appreciate the work you do.
Why do you want to work in ECC?
You never know what is going to come through the door, or what each shift will bring. One minute everything is calm and the next you’re dealing with a severely ill patient. The adrenaline rush you get in those situations is what keeps me coming back for more.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’m hoping to have progressed my career to the point where I’ve completed my certificate in emergency and critical care, and I hope that I’ll get the opportunity to teach new vets the skills they need to succeed in ECC.
What are you hoping to get out of the Cutting Edge programme?
I’m hoping it will allow me to build on my skills in emergency and critical care, so that I can give the highest possible standard of care to every patient and client that I see.
What would be your advice to someone who is thinking of becoming a vet?
One of the most important things for someone to do before becoming a vet is to get as much experience as possible. That way, they can get a good idea of what the industry is like and whether or not it’s for them. Then, if they still decide that this is the career for them, they shouldn’t let anything stand in their way until they achieve that goal.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I have a French bulldog so I love to take him for walks in the countryside whenever I get the opportunity.
Are you a vet looking to enter the world of ECC, but want to make sure you have the right skills first? The solution may be Cutting Edge, our comprehensive programme for vets keen to develop their ECC skills.
We are also recruiting more experienced vets for our new fast-track programme AdvantEdge. If you, or any vets you know, are interested in applying, please call the Vets Now recruitment team on 01383 841181.