We’d like to invite you to complete your EMS with us.
Where and how you spend your EMS rotations will have an impact on your transition from Vet school into your first full-time role as a registered Vet. You represent the future of our profession, so we want to make sure that you have the best experience.
We’ve created a 5-step guide to help give you greater knowledge and confidence by the end of each placement.
Goal setting is a crucial skill for anyone wishing to get better at anything, so before your placement starts, do some preparation and decide what you want to achieve. Then when you arrive at the surgery, make sure you share your goals with your Senior Vet and discuss how to make them achievable.
Watching how things happen will quickly give you a feel for how your surgery runs. Ways of working can differ between practices, so your EMS placements will give you a great opportunity to build your own ideas about the style of Vet you want to become and the type of practice you want to work for.
Our team is passionate about passing on their knowledge and experience, so if there is something specific you’d like to learn, ask your Senior Vet and they’ll be more than happy to arrange for you.
There’s nothing like getting your hands dirty to boost your skills, experience and confidence. Our team will encourage you from day 1 to be an active participant in the surgery.
Most of our Vets keep a journal as they never stop learning, so it’s a great habit to start during your EMS placements. Documenting your experiences and observations will develop your self-awareness and build mastery.
“My EMS placement with The Pet Vet was truly a hands-on experience, always recognising the stage that I was at in my studies. It was obvious to me that the whole team was on board with placements – and their great on-site accommodation was the icing on the cake! We’ve pulled together a list of some of the things we’d recommend you focus on to build up your day one competencies as you move towards graduation. This list is by no means exhaustive and if you’ve mastered some areas and wish to add other things, that’s brilliant!”
Loran Simpson – Veterinary Surgeon
We’ve pulled together a list of some of the things we’d recommend you focus on to build up your day one competencies as you move towards graduation. This list is by no means exhaustive and if you’ve mastered some areas and wish to add other things, that’s brilliant!
- Basic case management/responsibility
- Learning basic medicine names, doses, uses and side-effects
- S/C, I/M and IV injections
- Catheter placement
- IV fluid set up
- Blood/urine collection
- Animal handling techniques
- Anaesthesia Techniques
- Exposure to surgical scrubbing, tissue handling and suturing
- Basic X-ray positioning and generation
- Using laboratory machine to generate results (and then interpret them)
- Consultation skills
- Working with team members in fast paced environments
- Working with fees
Your EMS commitment to maximise your learning and have a great EMS experience
1. Show up on time
2. Come with a plan.
3. Remember you represent your college, our practice and yourself, so behave in a way that shines a positive light on all.
4. Dress to impress – get the balance right to give you and your clients confidence – but not over the top and prepare to get dirty!
5. Be nice – bring the best version of yourself – you owe that to the world.
If we really get along during your EMS placement, we offer a sponsorship scheme, providing funding for your final years at university. For this, you’ll commit to work with us for a minimum of 2 years after graduation.