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Shape your career from graduation to retirement
  1. Sarah Reeve


This year's BVA Careers Fair – at the London Vet Show in November – is exclusively for Association members. BVA marketing officer, Sarah Reeve, gives an insight into the careers fair, which includes sessions for members at all stages of their career.

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Exclusive to BVA members, and free with a ticket to London Vet Show, the BVA Careers Fair – on November 20 and 21 – is more than a signpost for potential jobs. The two-day stream will host a variety of sessions that are designed to help vets at every stage of their career.

This year we've improved the format to ensure that members get the most out of attending by incorporating round-table discussions that the speakers will initiate throughout their talks.

On Thursday, November 20, the focus will be on developing personal skills, while Friday will concentrate on professional skills.

The first two sessions on Thursday will look at developing constructive communication with clients. ‘Communication in the consulting room’ will be an interactive session that will give delegates an insight into the decision-making process of their clients and how to achieve the best outcome for all concerned. ‘Converting complaints to compliments’ will provide delegates with the skills to effectively manage complaints by opening up a constructive dialogue that, where appropriate, can bond these clients more closely to the practice.

The remaining sessions will provide the tools delegates need to shape their career. ‘Toxins, trauma and tall tales – a career in ECC’ will highlight ways to get started and gain confidence in emergency and critical care. ‘Assertiveness in 60 minutes’ is an interactive session that will enable individuals to express honest feelings comfortably and to act in their own best interests. The day will conclude with ‘Top tips on managing up as well as down’, a session suitable for all career stages. It will help delegates to develop practical influencing skills to get what they want across and make sure they're understood.

Friday's sessions will focus on professional development – balancing work and life commitments, and how to continue gaining new skills that provide interesting challenges throughout a career. The day will begin with a panel discussion on achieving a good work-life balance, suitably entitled ‘Juggling kids, cows, cats and dogs’. Two afternoon sessions will cover ongoing education for vets. ‘Learning doesn't stop when you leave university’ will describe how to make structured learning work for both large and small animal practices, and ‘Specialisation within practice and how to go about it’ will look at how to progress along the path from writing case reports through to postgraduate certification.

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Two other sessions during the day will look at life outside practice. ‘Life as a vet in government research’ and ‘What else are vets good for?’, are designed to explore career options outside of traditional practice roles.

Sessions are limited to 50 delegates, and we recommend looking at the programme in advance of the show to choose the sessions you wish to attend. BVA members can book a place for London Vet Show 2014 before the end of July for £152.15 plus VAT (15 per cent off the lowest advertised rate). To book visit quoting BVA14

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