When searching for a job as a veterinary student, it’s important to consider the following factors:

  1. Mission statement: Make sure the organization’s mission aligns with your goals and ask for a copy of the office manual to understand their policies.
  2. Reputation: Check the organization’s website appearance, online reviews, and social media presence. Look for bios of current DVMs and staff, and check their community involvement.
  3. Mentorship program: Understand the mentorship program, who will be your mentor, and how available they will be. Will your mentor be performing surgical and dental procedures with you?
  4. Meetings: Determine how often DVM and staff meetings occur and if regular case reviews are conducted.
  5. Onboarding: Find out how much time will be given for acclimation to practice procedures and policies, software training, and if software training is provided.
  6. Daily caseload: Understand the daily caseload, how many cases you will be expected to see, and how much time you will have for routine and sick pets.
  7. Standard of care: Look for policies and procedures that reflect the standard of care practiced. Are pets given pain management and IV fluids for all anesthesia procedures?
  8. Staffing: Understand the support staff ratio to DVMs, how much technical work is expected, if technicians are CVTs, and if there is a restraint training program.
  9. Equipment: Determine the quality of the equipment in the hospital, if necessary tools are available, and if dental radiographs are performed on all patients.
  10. Quality of facility: Evaluate if the facility is clean and comfortable and if you can see yourself spending long hours there.
  11. Overnight hospitalization/emergency duty: Determine if overnight care is available, how far the nearest ER is if you’re required to be on call, and the compensation for on-call duty.
  12. Location: Evaluate if the area is desirable if there are activities outside of work, and the cost of living.

Spend time at the practice to assess the atmosphere and culture and observe the relationships between support staff and DVMs. Do your homework to find the best fit for your career.