How Locum Vets are Benefiting from the Pingdemic

During this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, where so many people have been asked to self-isolate, veterinary clinics have been experiencing a staff shortage. Thus, locum vets are currently in hot demand.

Locum vets refer to those vets who temporarily fills in the position of another veterinarian. Anyone who has a veterinary degree can become a locum vet. It can be a short option to gain experience around veterinary practices with opportunities to travel to different places. Interestingly, a large number of vets in the UK are self-employed and work as locums. Now that the demand for locum vets are increasing, many vets are taking up locum work. If you are one of them, here are some ways you can benefit from the pingdemic.


Cover for Vets that are Isolating

The recent surge of the delta variant has led to a nationwide pingdemic, where thousands of employees are getting pinged every day to self-isolate. These include vets who are at high risk of Covid-19 exposure due to client person-to-person exposure daily. As a result, many veterinary clinics are short of staff and have turned to locum vets to replace vets currently in isolation.

So, if you are thinking of working as a locum vet, now is your chance. The pay and opportunities are excellent, not to mention the freedom over when and where to work.


Vets Choosing to Work Less

One of the benefits of working as a locum vet is that you are working only for yourself. As a self-employed, you will have no boss who will demand that you will work extra hours or show up to work during weekends. Sometimes, locum vets can choose to take up veterinary locum jobs as they see fit.

The job positions and vacancies of locum vets are varied, and you will have plenty of choices. You can take up a daily practice, weekend work, or emergency work only. Depending on your availability, you are free to choose which direction you wish to take. Now that more and more veterinary clinics are in great demand of locum vets, you’ll have plenty of opportunities across animal species, from small animals to equine practices and mixed practices.


Vets Looking for Flexible Work

Working as a locum vet offers flexibility, which comes in handy when you need to take some days off. For instance, if you need to attend to go somewhere important, you don’t need to desperately request for a swap of schedule on your rota months.

On the other hand, it can be demanding to be available at a short notice, though some locum vets revel in the excitement of emergency and out of hours work. But if you desire to work in a flexible working schedule that would not require you to work late nights and take up extra work on weekends, then working as a locum vet may be right for you.

Whether you are waiting to take up a long-term job to start working or perhaps, you want to get back into work after taking some time off to raise your kids, veterinary locum work is a great opportunity to consider, especially during this pingdemic.