The vast majority of vets are happy. They look forward to each new day with a sense of adventure and anticipation. Being a Vet is truly a wondrous thing – it engages many important elements of a person’s personality – and if they have chosen well, being a vet plays to their strengths.
Ten percent of the Veterinary Personality Project survey participants
admitted to being unhappy in their decisions. More recently, the British
Veterinary Association (BVA) (in conjunction with Association of Veterinary
Students) suggested upwards of 40% of vets are less than happy with their jobs
and their career prospects.
The BVA suggest the profession “take a long hard look at itself“.
So the figures are all awry – is it 10% or 40%? We all know
if you create 3 surveys, you’ll get 3 different answers. But it obviously makes
some sense to accept that many working vets and students are not getting the
most from their careers.
The BVA and The Royal College of vets are now recognising these issues and are beginning to provide ways to support and encourage working vets in their careers.
The So-You-Want-2-Be-A-Vet Test
This test aims to offer people – those in training; those who
have we call working new-vets; and
those who haven’t even started yet – a means of determining if they are suited
to the career.
The So-You-Want-2-Be-A-Vet Test is being created in order to ensure that the right people are becoming vets. It will offer a means to determine a person’s strengths and weaknesses as they relate to Being a Vet.
The So-You-Want-2-Be-A-Vet Test looks at the Types of people that will be more successful at coping with the job. And it tests for other personal traits that are essential for a long and healthy career as a vet.
Political Correctness Alert
The test is simply that. It asks questions and gives back information. The Test-participant can take the Test results and use them to help make more studied decisions. The data will help clarify their choices on whether to pursue a vetting career, or find some alternative. (A bit like the Brexit vote. If we had known more about what Brexit entailed, would so many have voted for it in 2016?)
So rather than encourage ‘all and sundry’ to apply to Vet School – and then weed out those that are disillusioned or who fail, the Test offers a method whereby fewer young lives are wasted chasing a dream that has been built upon wobbly and insubstantial foundations.