Is it too early to give up?

I’ve been working as a vet for 4 months now and starting to feel like it’s all too much.
I keep being told by my bosses and senior vets that I’m not performing as well as I should be this far out, yet they’re happy to leave me alone in the clinic without back up one or two days a week. I don’t feel like I’m getting enough support, but I know this is something many of my classmates are dealing with.
Maybe I’m just not cut out for this profession?


  • Laura says:

    The first 6 months were hardest for me but I was lucky in that my bosses were supportive and patient, and were always happy to answer my queries and offer reassurance, even by text message or by phone if they weren’t in. Maybe you could ask your bosses and senior vets specifically *how* they feel you aren’t performing as well as you should, and ask them to help you improve?

    You’ve done the hardest part which is getting through vet school, it would be a shame to give it up now. The first few months in your first job can be very lonely and difficult as you have so much to take in, but it does get easier with time. One thing to remember is that every job is different. If you feel so strongly about this job that you are considering leaving the profession, don’t be afraid to leave your current job and look for one that is more supportive of you.

  • Anonymous says:

    4 months is too early to decide if being a veterinarian is good for you or not. Give it some more time. Start looking for Plan B in the meantime in case things don’t work out. Also, look for other veterinary clinics in town. It’s not fair the bosses say you are under-performing yet they leave you alone a few times a week. It’s good to assess your situation and make some changes, but in regards to leaving the career, Id wait it out a bit longer. Good luck.

  • john says:

    Consider a new practice, find one that is supportive, then work out if it was the practice or the profession that you are not matching up with!

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