The Hamster Wheel Blog

Est 2009
"Probably the world's best, occasionally
profane, veterinary business blog"

Each week I publish the Freewheelin' video Q&A show and each month an episode of Blunt Dissection Podcast. I also publish articles randomly from time to time. 

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December 14, 2017

With veterinary practices across the UK, US and Australia reporting a severe shortage of vets, the recruitment crisis seems very, very real. 

In this video blog Dr Dave outlines some of the drivers that he believes are driving this trend. And outlines some areas for p...

August 10, 2017

Recruitment is a minefield where the wrong decision can be costly and damaging. With as many as 40% of new graduates reported to leave their job within the first 3 months (RCVS Survey of Recent Graduates 2013), it seems like something is going wrong in the matching pro...

August 5, 2017

In the current environment of experienced vet scarcity, practices are increasingly turning to new graduates as the answer to the problem. But there are some deep rooted concerns foremost in the minds of practice owners that need to be aired and addressed as they threat...

July 27, 2017

As the class of veterinary class 2017 jet off on their final university hurrah (the epic final year holiday) prior to seeking employment as fully fledged veterinary surgeons, I wanted to offer some words of encouragement to practices with vacancies to fill. So here are...

June 15, 2017

I recently gave a talk where I asked delegates to tell me about their greatest veterinary hiring challenges, then we problem solved live to help address those issues. In case you missed it, here are the top four challenges and my solutions in summarised form. 
 

The Top...

April 6, 2017

I have a mantra that flies in the face of everything you ever learned about recruitment. It’s simple. “One Job. One Applicant. One Interview. Done.”

Sounds weird right? But when you stop and think about it, this approach makes a lot of sense. 

Traditional veterinary recr...

January 12, 2017

Recruitment interviews are a minefield and most people working in vet clinics have never received any useful training in how to get them right. A startlingly crazy situation given that the cost of poor recruit can be as much as four times the salary you intend to pay a...

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