Veterinary related careers may include a variety of positions such as a veterinarian, veterinary technician, veterinary epidemiologists, veterinary assistant, kennel technician, veterinary pharmaceutical sales representative, groomer, receptionist, front office staffer, laboratory animal technician, or other animal health roles.
It is recommended that job seekers not make the mistake of relying solely on online tools to complete their job search, but instead make use of these search sites to help broaden the scope of their job hunt. Job searchers should also make a point of visiting clinics or sending out targeted resumes to potential employers, as a large percentage of veterinary positions never appear in print or online.
There are many great job search sites for veterinary-related careers that can help to direct job seekers towards rewarding job opportunities. Here are a few veterinary career job search sites that candidates may find particularly useful (all are free for job seekers to use; some require registration to log in):
Websites for Veterinary Job Seekers
The American Veterinary Medical Association
The American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Veterinary Career Center posts a variety of veterinary and veterinary support staff positions for employers across the country. Job seekers may also post their resume on the site so it is available to potential employers.
The American Animal Hospital Association
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Career Center offers comprehensive veterinary “matchmaking” and boasts a very low turnover rate for the employees that they recommend. Free services for job seekers include resume advice, personality testing to ensure the perfect placement, and interviewing tips. The AAHA also can assist with finding veterinary externships.
WhereTechsConnect.com is billed as one of the largest online job sites for vet techs and veterinary staff. It features a large searchable database of available positions including vet tech, lab tech, receptionist, hospital manager, groomer, trainer, and associate vet. Job seekers can also add their resume to the site and send it to potential employers.
The Vet Recruiter
The Vet Recruiter maintains an extensive database of qualified veterinary and animal health professionals and shares these resumes with recruiters on a confidential basis. The recruitment site places candidates in a variety of animal health related positions such as a veterinarian, veterinary pharmaceutical sales representative, territory manager, product development specialist, and marketing director.
The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) posts jobs on its site for those interested in working with wildlife and exotic species. Search options allow the job seeker to search for positions such as veterinarian, resident, intern, veterinary technician, academic, and researcher.
The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) Career Center offers listings for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and other related veterinary support staff positions. NAVTA’s Career Center has also partnered with the Veterinary Career Network to add even more job opportunities to a searchable database for site users.
Another site where veterinary career seekers can upload resumes and search for job postings is iHireVeterinary.com. Job titles that candidates may search for on this site include veterinary technician, veterinary assistant, groomer, dog walker, front office receptionist, and kennel technician.
VeterinaryJobs.com is another site that gathers job postings and collects them into a searchable database. The site also offers a service where job postings are emailed to a job seeker when requested through their Job Search Agent program. The Job Search Agent also allows the job seeker to define what types of jobs will be sent to them.
Other Places to Job Search Online
Other major sites that are not specifically devoted to veterinary careers may also prove useful to job seekers. Indeed.com, monster.com, careerbuilder.com, and other similar sites often have job postings for veterinary related careers, especially common options such as veterinarian or veterinary technician.
Additional job opportunities may be found on sites belonging to colleges offering veterinary related degrees, specialty-specific veterinary sites (such as associations concerned with avian, equine, small animal, large animal, or exotic practice), and state veterinary associations. Potential employment opportunities may also appear in classified ads of local publications such as magazines, newspapers, and the online versions of those print publications.
Job seekers should have a well-edited resume that is ready to send out when beginning an online search so that there will be no delay between identifying a potential opportunity and being ready to apply. There is nothing worse than finding the perfect opportunity and then feeling the pressure of throwing together a resume quickly! The resume should be ready for distribution, and it doesn’t ever hurt to have a basic cover letter on file as well. The cover letter can be quickly tailored or rewritten to reflect the specific job being applied for.