Veterinary Graduate Accelerated Learning, Support & Development Program
Sunday, 01 April 2018
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"The VetX program is going to give members a huge advantage compared to their peers. The compound interest on the knowledge acquired at this early stage in a young vet's career is massive."
Dr Dave Nicol
VetX Academy Director
The VetX Veterinary Graduate Accelerated Learning, Support & Development Program
Do you suffer from imposter syndrome and want to free yourself from the negative thoughts that hold you back?

Do you want to extend your learning beyond University and develop the real skills that will help you become a successful veterinarian? (Hint - they are not clinical skills).

Do you want to learn how to prevent burnout, build your mental resilience and be happy with your awesome life as a vet?

Do you want to avoid the stress of being sued as a vet?

Is support in your first 1-3 years after graduation important to you so you don’t feel isolated or left behind?

Do you want to learn how to handle pet owners so they are a joy in your day, not a hassle and source of stress?

Is accelerating your learning and clinical skill development a priority?

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 how to earn the salary you deserve for all those years of study, pay off your debts, and be able to afford a house?

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.

About VetX

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 some of the world’s most experienced and successful vet coaches.

The global program director, 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 decade. 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 recent veterinary graduates. Plus it was clear from interviews with vets just like you that difference between a happy vet and a one who struggles in their career is down to four factors:

1. What level of support you receive from your boss, practice and network.
2. What development and growth opportunities are available - both clinically and non-clinically.
3. What level of connection you form with your clients, peers and the wider profession. Do you feel part of "the team" on every level?
4. Whether you know 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 to create an experience that allows you to work in practice while receiving the best veterinary “life” education and support from your mentor and 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 first few years 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 12-24 months post-graduation 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? Perhaps you are at this point yourself?

While this outcome is sad, it is entirely avoidable (and recoverable) 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 class 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 the class mentor (or other 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:

Webinar 1: Welcome to VetX: Setting your objectives, introducing your digital journal and networking with your peer group.

Webinar 2: Overcoming the imposter within, building resilience and avoiding burnout.

Webinar 3: The secret equation for the art of persuasion: How to build amazing client relationships to help pets from the exam room.

Webinar 4: Dentistry - the easy way to help animals, find your niche and make an impact on patients and your practice.

Webinar 5: The Art, Science & Beauty of End Of Life Care.

Webinar 6: Time Management Mastery - learn the skills that help create time and keep your job from becoming overwhelming.

Webinar 7: Money Ninja: In practice (earning money for you and your practice) & in Life (building your future wealth).

Webinar 8: Clinical Protocols - friend or foe?

Webinar 9: Leadership Lessons 1: - what is it and why we are all leaders, even as new graduates. Plus the first 4 leadership lessons that will change your life.

Webinar 10: Leadership Lessons 2: - the final four leadership lessons that will change your life.

Webinar 11: Emotional intelligence 101. Your passport to a happy, healthy life with great relationships.

Webinar 12: Negotiation skills: how to get what you want and keep others happy too.

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 Facebook 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.

All sessions are recorded and will be available to listen again on demand in the VetX membership website.

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 Facebook Community Group where problems can be shared and discussed within the peer group. The class mentor will moderate these forums and help out with the common enquires.

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, goto 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, upon successful completion of the course, all members will become a VetX Alumni and receive VetX branded beanie and certificate of completion. Something that future employers will value highly when they see it on your CV.

Who is VetX suitable for?

Each VetX community will have up to 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. There are 10-15 graduates for every VetX place available, so we’re not going to be able to offer a spot 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 in their education for ongoing huge payoffs in the form of happier relationships, better cash flow and skill development and becoming part of a community of happy high-achievers.

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. But if you do what we teach in 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 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 challenging, but a 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 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 (12 months of mentoring support) is available for just £995 (AU$1690). That's less than £3/day (AU$5) (almost the same as a Flat White cost in Sydney these days).

Plus, as this is an investment in your education, it is highly likely that your practice will pay for it from your allocated CE/CPD budget. And even if not, then this is a tax-deductible expense (so you can get a large percentage of the fee 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 as a part of the VetX Community, then apply today by clicking the button below.

University set you up with the basic clinical skills needed to survive. VetX gives you up with the life skills to thrive.

©2017-18 Dr Dave Nicol. All rights reserved
An interview with a VetX UK community member
Dr. Emma Hammond on why she wanted to join the class.
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Vicky, VetX 2017, UK.
Ann & Michael, VetX 2017, USA.

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