If you’re the type of vet who is passionate about what they’re doing but are having a hard time with work-life balance and now want the opportunity to enjoy life in general, there’s no need to worry. You probably only need a relief vet to take over your duties temporarily.
Fortunately, there’s one place you can easily find a relief vet for your needs—simply go to Relief Rover’s website, and voila! You now have plenty of relief vet candidates who can help restore balance to your personal and professional lives.
Created in 2017 out of a passion to help vets do what they love doing without giving up freedom, control, variety, and the opportunity to experience life, Relief Rover aims to foster community and connection between independently contracting relief vets and the veterinary practices that need the former’s services.
According to Cindy Trice, who founded the online platform, Relief Rover helps veterinarian professionals gain control of their lives and schedules again and presents opportunities to help them build a customized and fulfilling work life.
She shared of her experience:
“So, I am a veterinarian, and I spent most of my time in veterinary practice as what’s called a ‘relief practitioner’, or in some places, it’s called ‘locum’. And I basically go from practice to practice, and I fill in to help practices where they have me, whether that’s because someone is on vacation, or maternity leave, or illness, or even if the practice is just extra busy, and they need an extra set of hands to take care of patients… I’ve worked at over 50 different practices, so from anything from…general practices all the way to emergency specialty care and everything in between. I’ve done some shelter work, too, and I really love it. It’s like it’s such a great way to really be in touch with this profession that I love, and just to see the different ways people do things and meet the different populations of pet owners and pets.”
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But while she finds her work set up “really fun”, Cindy acknowledged that there may be times when practicing vets may not find their work enjoyable. Because of this, she established Relief Rover, where veterinary services can find a relief vet and where relief vets can find a job at a touch of a button.
Despite the fact that the practice has been around since the veterinary industry started, Cindy believes that relief work is not for everyone. Still, she and her team are of the same mind that it can be an excellent way of gaining valuable experience from various roles.
“It definitely takes a certain personality type, I think, to enjoy it because you’ve got to be flexible. If you’re very—a very prescribed person in the way you do things, and you kind of like routine and knowing the people around you, you probably wouldn’t enjoy relief practice. But I, personally, I love the flexibility of it. I love the variety of it. I learn something new all the time because I may come in, and I may have one way that I typically do things, but I may not have the ability to do it that way in the place where I am based on their equipment or the skill set of their staff or whatever the case may be. And I have to adjust, and I have to think a little bit harder about how can I care for this pet with the resources that I have.”
With people nowadays being on the move all the time, Relief Rover makes it easier for employers to find the relief vets who best match their clinics’ needs. All the employers need to do is pay a small monthly or annual subscription fee to the site, sign up, and post a job. They can also search through the relief vet profiles that are visible to them and reach out to those whom they believe may be a good fit for their practice.
On the other hand, if you’re a veterinarian, technician, or nurse looking to do some relief work, Relief Rover allows you to sign up and become a member for free. Once you build your profile on the site, you can self-sort into groups based on your interest or geography and even get to interact on the platform without worrying about potential employers screening their activities therein.
Cindy described of Relief Rover:
“I’m providing that matching service. We don’t have any—we stay out of the business between the buyer of services and the seller of services. We’re not a staffing agency… We wanted this to be different because we want we wanted it to be a low-cost solution for people, for employers.”
Given the burnout, compassion, fatigue, and a small number of vets serving a large pet population, Cindy hopes that Relief Rover can help address the mental health crisis that’s associated with the veterinary profession.
“The majority of people who go into this career, we can’t say no. We don’t want to say no. We want to help everyone. And we only have so much capacity. The relief practice—so our tagline is ‘Love your profession and your life’—it allows both relief professionals to kind of control their working schedule to suit whatever life phase they’re in.”
Learn more about Relief Rover!
Check out their website at https://reliefrover.com/.
Become a Relief Rover member at: https://reliefrover.com/relief-veterinarians/. Membership is free for all relief vets.
Find a relief vet on Relief Rover at https://reliefrover.com/veterinary-practices/.
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