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About the book...

For the past decade, I have been convinced of two things in veterinary medicine.

Firstly, that we are doing something wrong with human capital as there is an alarming dropout rate from our profession.

Secondly, that new graduates are the future and we should be spending a lot more time and effort making sure that the next generation of vets like you are looked after better. For to destroy the new vets of today, is to destroy the veterinary industry of tomorrow.


As such, and because I think talk alone is cheap, I have spent many years planning, running and improving a general practice internship program that offers a supportive and nurturing route for new graduates as they leave college and start on their journey into the world of veterinary medicine.

I was fortunate to have a good start in my life as a vet and throughout my career have been coached and mentored by some wonderful people. What follows in these pages is my way of saying thanks and passing on this good fortune.

You’ll find as much relevant knowledge as I thought would be useful at the beginning of your career. Quite literally stuff I wish someone had told me on day one. It would have saved a lot of time stress and errors if they had.

Chapter List:

1. The Top Reasons New Graduates Get Sued — And How To Avoid Them


2. Your Health And Wellness – How Not To Become Another Tragic Statistic    

3. Finding Your Clinical Feet

4. Dealing with Death: There’s A Small Almost Imperceptible Price to Pay…

5. How To Choose Your First Job?

6. Hero or Villain? Building and Maintaining Your Professional Standing

7. Beat Blame Culture By Being A Great Leader Straight Out Of College

8. Where Will Your Career Take You? 

9. Reactive Medicine Or Active Wellness Care - How Your Practice Makes A Big Difference

The material contained in this invaluable book took 20 years to learn and two years to write. My hope is that you can take the lessons described and put them to work for you, in the process enjoying a better start and a great springboard for your career as a result.

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"An essential read for all the young aspiring veterinary professionals out there on whom the future of our profession depends. I urge them to spend time digesting its content."

Professor Stuart Carmichael

Former Head of The Royal Veterinary College & Glasgow University Veterinary School

"Many of my fears would have been stopped in their tracks and my confidence would have been higher if I had the opportunity to read a book which not only debunks common myths but also teaches valuable life skills that are often overlooked in the veterinary world."

Dr Angeli Kaura
Veterinary Surgeon, Sydney

"I especially appreciated the well-being section of the book because I feel like vets are always expected to be machines and power on without a lunch break. Also, the warning signs for burnout as it's all stuff that no-one ever tells us."

Dr Emma Hammond
Recently Graduated Vet, London

Dr. Nicol’s friendly, and conversational tone makes “So You’re A Vet…Now What?” an easy and short read, I finished the book in a single sitting that lasted a little over three hours; however, it is also a book that new graduates will want to refer back to. With some great stories, I want to know what happened to the vet through the glass – see chapter five, and real-world examples, this book is literally the new vet’s handbook.

Mike Falconer
Veterinary Hospital Manager, Las Vegas

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