AAIV CAREER RESOURCE: Preparing for a Career in Industry
by Debra Nickelson DVM, MBA
If you are working in clinical practice and looking for a job in industry, you may be thinking you do not have the experience companies seek for technical service, marketing, or other business positions. You would be surprised to know that the clinical and people skills that practicing veterinarians exhibit every day are exactly the skills that companies need.
For instance, if you are exceptional at managing patients with a specific disease condition, say diabetes, what can you do to add business skills on top of your excellent clinical skills? You know diabetes involves people management about as much as animal management, so here are some ideas:
Then you can add to your resume about how you did all this to increase client compliance by a certain percent, increased client satisfaction as measured by surveys, increased the number of new clients by how many in a time frame, and increased clinic revenue by how much over previous year.
And you will have fun doing it!