Heads of Veterinary Schools would like to reassure final year students of their employment prospects. The veterinary sector may soon look slightly different but there will be vast opportunities for workplaces to welcome the most recent cohort of newly qualified veterinary surgeons.
A degree in veterinary medicine continues to represent a ticket to diverse, secure, and well-paid employment. A sample of 1009 vets who graduated between 2016 and 2019 told the ‘RCVS Survey of the Profession’ that they secured their position within an average of 1.87 months, with 71% of respondents going straight from university into a permanent position at a clinical practice.1
Vet schools understand that final year students are concerned about present and potential future changes to the employment market due to responses to the Covid-19 outbreak. Students may worry that upon graduation, they will not be able to secure an offer of employment of their choosing as quickly as previous graduating cohorts.
From meat inspectors to public policy officers, from farm animal vets to equine vets, our graduates should be assured that they will remain in demand. The spread of Covid-19 might also offer unique opportunities, it could precede a surge in funding for ‘One Health’ research and policy-making, and wider acknowledgement of the essential role of professional food hygiene and inspection.
If you would like to know more about your potential career choices, please look at the My Vet Future website.
- The 2019 Survey of the Veterinary Profession, https://www.rcvs.org.uk/news-and-views/publications/the-2019-survey-of-the-veterinary-profession/?destination=%2Fnews-and-views%2Fpublications%2F