If you have a love of animals, and are thinking of getting a job in a veterinary practice, then you might want to consider becoming a locum vet nurse, a job that has plenty of advantages over that of a regular vet nurse. Just four of these advantages include:
1) Taking a job as a locum vet nurse means that you can take on contracts that are long or short-term; whichever suits your specific situation the best. Also, this type of job allows you to travel from one place to another, for as long as you want to, until you find an area in the country where you would like to settle down permanently.
2) This type of work is also perfect for those who have recently moved to the country, and are finding it difficult to find a permanent position or, as mentioned above, want to see more of the country before deciding on where about in the country they would like to live on a permanent basis.
3) One of the greatest benefits though, of working as a locum, is the fact that you gain invaluable experience in veterinary work, as you move from one place to another. Of course, if you work in just one location, you do become very experienced in the main type of veterinary work carried out by the practice you are working for, but by working as a locum in different geographical locations, you will gain wide and varied knowledge of veterinary work all throughout the country. The more experienced you are as a locum vet nurse, raises your chances significantly of getting that permanent job as a veterinary nurse, when it does come your way.
4) Although it might not be necessary for you to have ECC experience, you will have many opportunities to get the training you need to do this type of work as you travel around the country, even more so if some of the practices you work for, provide training programs. Also, by choosing jobs in particular types of practices and specializations, you will not only be able to keep up to date with modern veterinary techniques, but you will also improve your own personal skills significantly, as well.
Although there are many benefits of working as a locum vet nurse, there are several factors that you should keep in mind too, when you are trying to decide on whether to apply for, or accept any specific post. These would include accommodation and transportation, and whether or not you have to arrange your own, or if these will be provided for you by the practice. Find out too when applying for a job, about the rules and regulations about taxes as well as insurance, the latter of which will probably require you to take out your own, as finding a practice that will add you to their general insurance policy, are very few and far between.
The only downside to working as a locum vet nurse is that you do not earn a regular salary. However, when you think about the freedom you have to study further, take a vacation if you want to, the invaluable experience that you gain along the way, as well as the other benefits involved, it is definitely a job worth considering.