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New Graduates
The pressures of the first job
  1. Joe O'Kane

    Joe O'Kane graduated from Liverpool in 1997. He spent a year in mixed practice in Cumbria before moving to his current practice in Scarborough. He is a past-president of the Association of Veterinary Students.


VETERINARY surgery seems to be as popular a career choice as ever, with more people now applying to get onto a university course than ever before. It would be natural to assume that the students selected to pursue veterinary science are those most committed to making a success of their undergraduate and graduate careers. However, at the same time, more new graduates are complaining about the pressures associated with their first few years in practice and many are taking breaks from the job - or even quitting the profession altogether. In this article, Joe O'Kane identifies some of the problems that new graduates face and suggests some ways of easing the pressures.

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