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One month in as a vet and I have...

One month in as a vet and I have...
By May Yean  • Issue #5 • View online
decided to take on a part time mentoring role with a social enterprise called Vet Mentor, widening access to students who want to study veterinary medicine! More on that later..
On the vet side of things, I am starting to get used to the workload, and my typical day at the small animal practice looks something like this:
  • 8:30-10:00 Admit and pre-medicate patients
  • 10:00-11:30 spay operation
  • 11:30-12:00 cat castration(s)
  • 12:00-13:30 dental x-ray and extractions
  • 13:30 catch up notes and call owners
  • 14:00- 15:00 lunch (or ring owners to update lab results)
  • 15:00- 16:30 price up bills, write notes, contact owners
  • 16:30-18:30 evening consultations
  • 18:30-19:00 unexpected case that needs admits etc
I have to think on my feet every minute, and as I am learning new things and getting comfortable using the system, handling the operations and making efforts to follow-up cases with catch up calls, it seems really full-on (at the moment), but I am ever SO GRATEFUL to the awesome vet nurses, receptionists and animal care assistants for being there to help with ensuring the day runs smoothly - they do SO MUCH behind the scenes I wished more people realise how important they are!
On the vet mentor side of things, they provide lots of FREE resources for students wanting to learn more about being a vet, wider reading material, interview prep resources, virtual work experience, so you should definitely check them out! I just had to join them because I feel passionately about mentoring (I wouldn’t be where I am today without it!) and the team/family are a bunch of very supportive and talented vets/ medics/ dentists ⭐
However, this means I have less time to edit my videos and create online content for you guys :( So the upload process might take longer than usual, but I will be continuing with the uploads, slowly but surely, thanks so much for sticking around :)!
Lots of vetty love,
May Yean xx

💡 Quote of the week
Play long-term games with long-term people.
— Naval
🎙️Podcast of the week
How to future-proof your career? (with Dorie Clark) - How to Be a Better Human | Podcast on Spotify
Favourite takeaways from the podcast
  • “You learn in your 20s, you earn in your 30s”
  • People won’t know what you’re good at if you don’t show your work/ obtain social proof (eg. writing articles for blogs, making videos, creating content, ebooks..)
  • Relying on your sole job can be risky in this day and age (eg. pandemic) so it is useful to find multiple streams of income. These incomes don’t have to be unrelated to your current knowledge (eg. Its harder to want to be a windsurfer, doctor and lawyer at the same time, but you could be a lawyer, write for blogs in your expertise, offer individual consultation services, be a guest speaker for conferences or a university..)
🎥Video of the week
Day in the life of a vet student | Gracie's spay surgery
Day in the life of a vet student | Gracie's spay surgery
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May Yean

Hey I'm May, a recent veterinary graduate from the University of Cambridge, here to share veterinary insights, interesting studies and practical tips on how to be a better version of ourselves. Learn and grow with me :) !

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