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Distance Job Search

NOTE: The following suggestions come from a talk given by James Wilson at the 2001 SAVMA Symposium at Iowa State University, March 2001.

Use the AVMA directory: The PRINTED AVMA directory lists veterinarians alphabetically and geographically (city/state). To support a geographically limited (and distant) job search you might try the following.

  1. ID the area and type of practice you are interested in.
  2. Then get a map of the area and ID all towns that you might consider.
  3. Hit the directory and peruse the listing for those towns.
  4. Narrow your search by using the codes in the directory for species of practice, employment function (01-Clinical Practice), and Employer Type (50-53 Self-Employed vs 61-Private Practice Employee).

Now you have a targeted marketing list you can contact (letter, phone).

When sending job solicitations cold to veterinarians, consider including a self-addressed, stamped, post card that allows the practitioner to easily respond to your inquiry. Do follow up any written inquiries.

Use some method to know when you receive the card back which practice it went to: e.g. put their name/address on it in the return address block.

The directory also lists state and local veterinary associations. These associations often have newsletters that you could advertise in or may list job openings. The officers of these organizations may provide valuable information about possible jobs, clinics not appropriate for new graduates, newsletter opportunities, etc.

Digest of Veterinary Practice Acts: Gives info on state licensing (costs, times, temporary license, type of test) and who to contact.

If you plan to be in the area consider dropping by clinics that you would consider working at.

  • Dress professionally
  • Drop off a cover letter, resume, and reply card
  • Don't expect to see the owner if you just drop by

However, this is a great opportunity for you to see a bit about the practice (location, physical appearance, how staff treat you, how busy they are) Check out the phone book for that area -- the AVMA directory does not list every veterinarian.

Tips and Related Resources

You can find the AVMA directory at the reserve desk in the Vet Med Library.

  • The AVMA directory is also available online to members.
    http://www.avma.org
    • Click on the Member Center tab at the top.
    • Use your SCVAMA membership number to login.
  • The American Association of Veterinary State Boards' (AAVSB) Directory of Licensure Requirements (DLR) contains contact information for each of the AAVSB Member Boards as well as the requirements for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians.