Veterinary Shortage Update: Don’t Make This Critical Recruiting Error

Are you looking for a vet to add to your shelter? Don’t accidentally make this critical recruiting error.

This is the season when senior veterinary students are applying for jobs that begin when they graduate in the late spring 2022. Yes, that’s right, the next wave of new vets are already selecting their first jobs. With the extreme shortage of veterinarians, no one can afford to miss out on the opportunity to recruit from this amazing talent pool.

This is a good time to review your HR department’s policy on processing applications for candidates who haven’t graduated and been issued a license yet. I hear from a lot of vets and directors that they are not getting applications. And I’m hearing from vet students that no one responded to their applications. 

What’s the disconnect? The applications are getting stuck or rejected by automated HR processes that don’t allow for student applicants. This is especially true for municipal HR systems. If you are looking for a new vet, make sure you can process student applications so you don’t inadvertently miss out on a large applicant pool.

If you’re already doing this or have additional tips on recruiting veterinary professionals, leave a comment and share your experience.

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Dr. Julie Levy is the Fran Marino Endowed Professor of Shelter Medicine Education at the University of Florida. She has published more than 100 scientific papers on the health and welfare of animals in shelters, feline infectious diseases, humane alternatives for cat population control, and contraceptive vaccines for cats. She founded Operation Catnip, a university-based community cat trap-neuter-return program that has sterilized more than 57,000 cats since 1998. In 2014, she joined Dr. Kate Hurley at the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis to launch the Million Cat Challenge.


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