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The New Vet’s Handbook: Information and Advice for Veterinary Graduates


Clare Tapsfield-Wright


Entering the veterinary profession after leaving vet school is a challenging stage of the new vet’s career. Finding the right first placement, fitting in with colleagues, adapting to the practice environment and understanding what’s expected of you clinically, professionally, ethically and academically are all challenges that face the new graduate.

Attrition rates and reports of dissatisfaction of new graduates are high and a matter of concern to the profession and it is recognised that extra support and guidance is needed. The New Vet’s Handbook acts as a guidebook for newly qualified vets on personal and professional issues, covering employment options, interviews, mentoring, working with clients, patients and colleagues, consulting advice, dealing with euthanasia, record keeping, veterinary standards, training and CPD, career options, professional skills and avoiding pitfalls relating to social media, drugs and ethical issues. The book also covers topics specific to vets in small animal and large animal practice.

Written in a supportive and lighthearted way The New Vet’s Handbook aims to provide advice based on long held experience and reduce stress at a challenging time. It will be an essential read for newly qualified vets and final year vet students.

Additional information

ISBN 9781912178360
Product type PB
Publication date 05-Feb-19
Dimensions 246 × 189 mm
Product options

eBook (ePub), eBook (pdf), Print version

2 reviews for The New Vet’s Handbook: Information and Advice for Veterinary Graduates

  1. Amy

    As a new graduate I was lucky enough to know Clare personally. She has a really kind but realistic approach to all problems, but most of all a solution to most problems!!!!

    Would really recommend this book to anyone who is new to the profession and would like reassurance that you aren’t alone!!

  2. Jamie Rahman for Veterinary Practice magazine

    The author successfully conveys the wealth of experience she has gained throughout her 38-year career… Clare has an engaging and warm approach to her writing; with an overlying tone of reassurance, the text is informative while inspiring confidence… I managed to read The New Vet’s Handbook from cover to cover in only a few days, but the book is more than a one-time read. The book’s clear progression through those first two years of a new graduate’s career means that it will be a great resource throughout that period… Clare has managed to provide friendly, thoughtful and above all, very useful advice that I would highly recommend to anyone just about to graduate, just graduated or even beyond. The book is a funny and very informative read.

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