Getting the Most Out of Your Veterinary Career

Managing your career or finding the best opportunities to advance your veterinary experiences can be daunting. But fear not! The AVMA has tools to help. 

Start by visiting the AVMA Veterinary Career Center (VCC). This free, online job board contains hundreds of open positions that you can search 24/7, and it includes postings for the entire veterinary team. It also contains a cool Student Externship Locator and a listing of Environmental Training and Service Opportunities. Members receive discounts when posting a job, too. If you are looking for a job – or just curious about what’s out there – a visit to the VCC is a must. 

Our Veterinary Salary Calculator is an incredibly valuable tool that helps you benchmark your income compared to other veterinarians in private clinical, public and/or corporate practice. This member service is available exclusively to AVMA members. 

If you’re really seeking something different, check out the AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division Fellowship Program. These paid, one-year fellowships allow three veterinarians to use their knowledge to impact thousands of animals (and people) at once and put their people skills to work on Capitol Hill. Nominations for the next round of fellows are due Feb. 1, 2012.

Finally, with so many young people interested in veterinary medicine as a career, we know preparing for a career day can leave you stumped. AVMA’s classroom presentations are age-appropriate and free, contain presenter’s notes and will make your next career day a breeze. We offer additional items, such as brochures, posters, bookmarks and a career DVD for a small fee to supplement your presentation.

2 thoughts on “Getting the Most Out of Your Veterinary Career

  1. Thanks for writing, Dr. Sheffield. The AVMA, like you, is well aware of the perception that there are too many veterinarians in the workforce, and we recognize how important it is to quantify the situation based on sound research and verifiable facts. We are awaiting the results of a much-anticipated, and unfortunately delayed, study from the National Academy of Sciences that should shed light on the issue. The study’s findings are expected to be released in the first quarter of 2012.

    The AVMA is also getting involved. We recently distributed a request for proposals seeking expert assistance to perform our own national workforce study. Both of these studies should give us an accurate picture of the veterinary job market.

    Ultimately, if the AVMA, the organization representing the profession at a national level, is going to make a definitive statement about the workforce, we owe it to the profession and our colleges to base that assessment on the results of a well-conducted study, and not just on anecdotal information.

    As part of our overall effort to address some of these economic, educational and workforce supply/demand issues, all members of the AVMA Executive Board recently met with 35 deans from across North America. This was an initial, informal dialogue that will hopefully lead to substantive action steps for the AVMA, working in partnership with the deans through AAVMC.

  2. DOES THE AVMA ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE HAVE A SURPLUS OF VETERINARIANS?
    IS IT TRUE ST KITTS GRADUATES 400 VETERINARIANS PER YEAR NOT TO MENTION A 20% INCREASE IN CLASS SIZE OF U.S. SCHOOLS. I FEEL THIS SUBJECT IS LIKE THE “RED HEADED STEP CHILD” AND IS SWEPT TO AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION BECAUSE REALITY CAN CAUSE AN UPROAR. WHY DOESN’T THE AVMA COME OUT WITH A POSITION ON THIS? SINCERELY, MARK SHEFFIELD,DVM