The webinar addressed the following questions:
- How has COVID impacted your current practice experience?
- How do I make the most out of a non-traditional 4th year?
- How has COVID impacted the job market?
- What challenges to practice have you seen since the pandemic started?
- What tips do you have for managing personal and professional life during a pandemic?
Some highlights from these surveys include:
- Over 66% of respondents indicated they were comfortable or very comfortable communicating medical information to clients
- Over 56% of people said they were comfortable or very comfortable communicating financial information to clients
- “Client communication is going to be one of the most important things you do. Don’t take that training lightly. You can always do research on a case, but clients appreciate it more when you can effectively communicate to them what is going on.”
- “I also think this (curbside) is forcing me to have even stronger client communication skills that can only get easier once clients are allowed back in the hospital.”
- Although 71% said they anticipated they would feel less prepared than normal following graduation, 51% said they were comfortable or very comfortable with their level of medical knowledge for their current position
- “You will never learn everything you need to know in clinics, so don’t feel like you need to know everything when you get out. Find a place with good mentorship and try to work on your communication skills and how to find your resources during your clinical year; the knowledge will come as you practice!”
- 60% said their mental well-being was negatively or very negatively impacted while transitioning into their new role
- “You are about to become one of the most adaptive veterinary classes that ever existed. And has it sucked along the way? Absolutely! But this won’t be the first crisis you’ll face in your lifetime and hopefully you’ll be better equipped for that next pandemic or whatever life throws your way.”
- “Just always remind yourself that you are doing enough, you are enough.”
The VIN Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides resources to help the veterinary community thrive so they can help our animals and those who care for them. The VIN Foundation was created by members of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), an online community of veterinarians and veterinary students with over 100,000 members worldwide. The VIN Foundation’s charitable efforts are centered around the belief that a healthy veterinary profession is essential for healthy animal and human communities.