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Do you want to extend your learning beyond University and develop the key success skills that will help you become a successful veterinarian?
Do you want to avoid the stress of being sued in your first year as a vet?
Is support after graduation important to you so you don’t feel isolated or left behind?
Do you want to be able to have pet owners saying “yes” to your clinical recommendations so you can help pets get better (while rapidly accelerating your clinical skill development)?
Do you want to know how to spot a good practice from a bad one?
Would you like to learn how to get what you want from your boss (including new equipment and a pay rise) without annoying or upsetting them in the process?
Do you feel completely unprepared for the financial side of life as a vet?
Would you like to learn now what to do to pay off your debts, be able to afford a house and retire wealthy in 40 years?
If the answer is yes to any (or all) of these questions then the VetX Graduate Accelerator Program is the best investment you can make in your future.
VetX is a vibrant, active online community of like-minded, young vets who share the same goal, to be successful and happy in their job. It’s a unique, independent, educational, networking and mentoring group for new graduates who want to accelerate their career by learning from one of the world’s most experienced and successful vet coaches, Dr Dave Nicol.
Dr Dave Nicol is the author of the book “So You’re A Vet, Now What?” and has been directly mentoring new graduates in the UK and Australia for the last ten years. He pioneered the first ever “internship” in general practice for Australian vets who wanted to focus on a career as a GP. Plus he is the creator of the Graduate Friendly Practice Program deployed by Vetsure through their network of 400 member practices across the UK. In short, there are few people better qualified to mentor new graduates.
VetX was created after surveying and listening to the needs of hundreds of vets and practice owners. Plus it was clear from his work with vets around the world that difference between a happy vet and a one who struggles in their career is down to four factors:
1. What level of support they receive from their practice and network.
2. What development and growth opportunities are available - both clinically and non-clinically.
3. What level of connection to their clients, peers and the wider profession they experience.
4. Whether the individual knows how to foster and maintain an optimistic and resilient mindset.
Sadly, these are areas that Universities do not have time to teach and are not often poorly catered for in practice after graduation.
VetX changes that by combining teaching, mentoring and peer networking creating an experience that allows the members to work in practice while receiving the best veterinary “life” education and support from the VetX community.
The result is an immersive and transformative experience in a community where you will grow as an individual, feel supported and be part of something special.
Why Join VetX?
The start of your career as a vet is an exciting, but often bewildering time. The sad truth is that too many of your peers will become overwhelmed or burnout out within six to 12 months and feel like there is no option but to leave the profession. This is a tragedy. Can you imagine investing all of that time, energy and money, only to see your dream become a nightmare and quit?
This is an entirely avoidable problem, but only if you focus on learning the right skills and have a strong support network. VetX provides both of these things. But we’d be lying if we said our ambition is for you to not to burn out! Being happy enough to enjoy your work is the bare minimum required! VetX is about way more than this. It’s about helping you to overcome your challenges, find your feet and give you the tools to take control and have an awesome career. No less will do. If that sounds good, then read on.
VetX Course Structure
The VetX mentoring group runs for 12 months and has four modules that dovetail together to form a complete learning experience and online community.
Module One: Structured Teaching
Each month Dr Dave Nicol (or another recognised subject matter expert) will deliver a webinar focusing on the critical fundamentals no-one ever teaches you at Vet School, but are essential to understand - if you want a successful career. Here’s just some of what you will learn:
How to build resilience and avoid burnout.
Consult room essentials to help you find problems and get clients to follow your advice easily.
Dentistry - the easy way to help animals, find your niche and build your value fast.
Time Management Mastery - learn the skills that help create time and keep your job from becoming overwhelming.
Plus many, many more invaluable life lessons required for success.
Module Two: VetX Group Mentoring
Each month there will be mentor facilitated live “Hot Seats” (12 in total) where common or large problems are discussed and solved. The cases will be selected from the VetX Google+ discussion group or based on your logbook entries. Community members will be invited to present their challenge “live” in the online hot seat, but for those of a more introverted nature it is not compulsory to do so and you can post your problem via the community group. The hot seat sessions are one of the highest value parts of the course.
Module Three: Reflective & Collaborative Learning
Everyone in the VetX community will be encouraged to keep an online journal of daily events as a way of helping to “unpack” the clinical and relationship based wins and challenges faced each week. Plus, everyone will be given a place within a closed VetX Google+ Community Group where problems can be shared and discussed within the peer group. Dr Dave Nicol will moderate these forums and help out with the common enquiries.
Module Four: The VetX “Playbook”
As you work through the year, VetX members should build up a list of “plays”, the documented step-by-step way you have found to be valuable in handling common clinical and relationship problems. This playbook has a huge payoff in the form of a personalised, go to reference guide for how to handle the common or tough situations that arise in practice. A place to help you recall and put to use the good habits you learn during the VetX course. Think of it as your self-generated guide to ongoing success!
Plus, on successful completion of the course, all members will become a VetX Alumni and receive a VetX exclusive T-shirt and certificate of completion. Something that future employers will value highly when they see it on your CV.
Who is VetX suitable for?
The VetX community will have a maximum of 50 members. That’s an important number as it’s a large enough group to get good input and cross-pollination of ideas from multiple viewpoints. But it is also small enough to ensure everyone gets the time and support they need to be successful.
The downside to it being a small group is that things are very likely to be oversubscribed (over 7,000 veterinary students will graduate each year globally, 900 in the UK alone). So, we’re not going to be able to offer a place to everyone who graduates each year.
Priority will be given to people who:
1. Want to grow quickly and are willing to take responsibility for growth and development.
2. See the value in investing a small amount each month in their education for big payoffs in the future. (Your practice will often fund this through your personal CPD/CE allowance and if you do pay then it is a tax deductible expense).
3. Are starting a role in a smaller practice and do not have the support available you’d ideally like.
4. Work within a larger or busy practice where time always seems to be short, so are not getting the level of support or non-clinical training you want from your practice (no blame game here - we know how hard it is to find time for effective mentoring and teaching in general practice).
5. Want to have fun learning in a group environment and want to be successful.
6. Understand that there is a far faster way to develop by learning from those who have gone before.
Who is this not for?
Anyone who wants a “success formula” spoon-fed and expects results. No such thing exists. No one achieves success without putting in the work. Ever. But if you do what we teach on this course you will have a great start to your career. However, you must be prepared to keep up your end of the deal and put in the work. If that thought makes you recoil then VetX is not going to be a good fit because the community will definitely encourage you to develop.
If you don’t like being part of a group and interacting with others then this class may be a poor fit. Part of the joy of a group like this is the social interaction and connection you will form with your colleagues. You’ve got to give to get.
If you hate having fun at the same time as learning then definitely do not apply! VetX will be a challenging, but fun community to be part of.
How much does a place on VetX cost?
Considering the support and training from world class trainers and mentors, plus you will have lifetime access to all of the materials developed as you go through the year, you might think that a course of this nature costs thousands. (And it probably should). But because we are super passionate about helping young vets to get a great start in their career, we wanted to make this affordable for everyone.
As such the investment is very low. In fact, the full course is available for just £99 per month paid over 12 months. Or if you pay at the start of the year, you will be able to pay a single fee of £995. (Prices exclusive of VAT).
Plus, as this is an investment in your education, it is highly likely that your practice may be willing to pay for it via your allocated CPD/CE budget. And even if not, then this is a tax deductible expense (so you can get some of the fees back by filing a tax return).
So are you ready to make a great investment in your future?
How do you apply?
If you are interested in rapidly accelerating your career and developing a network of like-minded peers after graduation as a part of the VetX Graduate Accelerator Program, then apply today by clicking the button below.
University has set you up with the basic clinical skills needed to survive. Join VetX, and we’ll set you up with the life skills to thrive as a vet.
Click the link below or go to www.drdavenicol.com to enrol.