Working with Animals at Moray Coast Vets
What is your role at Moray Coast Vets?
Hi, I am Mark, Pearson! I am one of the 4 owners of the practice. My day to day work is 75% Farm vet work and 25% business management.
How long have you worked there and what has your career path been to get here?
I’ve been at MCVG for 12 years. I graduated in 1999 and I’ve worked in Wales, New Zealand and England before coming here.
What skills do you need?
To be a farm vet you need to be a good team worker, able to get on with different types of people and find humour even in stressful situations! You also need to be prepared to work in cold, wet, dark and smelly conditions. It can be quite a physical job.
What does your average day entail?
No two days are the same! A lot of my work now is pre-planned, preventative work. Blood sampling cows to try to eradicate diseases for example. But you never know when someone will ring in with an emergency. And I still put my hand up cows bums a lot!
What are your current challenges?
Farming faces global financial challenges, but whether markets are up or down a lot of our work continues. Farmers just complain more when prices are bad!
We are an independent practice in an increasingly corporate world, but that brings opportunities as well as challenges.
Are there opportunities for training and personal development?
Working as a vet requires constant training and development. It is a legal obligation we accept to stay registered as vets. So we learn and train every year of our working lives.
There are also different career paths for farm vets. You can go to work in laboratories or for drugs companies. You may be able to get involved in running the practice you work at.
Are there travel opportunities?
I worked in New Zealand for a year and had a great time. My U.K. qualification allowed me to do that without further exams. NZ and Australia are both popular places for U.K. vets to go and work, and it’s a great thing to do to broaden your experience.
What advice would you give to anyone looking for a career as Vet?
- Work hard at school.
- Get to know your local practice and spend as much time as possible with them.
- Get as much experience with animals as you can.
- Research the universities that run the degree course and aim for their entry requirements.
As well as spending time in the outdoors working, I like doing it for fun too! I ski, climb hills and mountain bike. But I also watch quite a lot of TV.