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Hey y'all!

Do any of you know (or know of) anyone who has graduated with a DVM/VMD from the states and then gone to work across the pond (England, preferably) to practice?

Or maybe some of you are in school across the pond and know of any helpful info in searching for a job as a US Citizen?

I'm fast approaching real life--AKA life outside of vet school--and my husband and I have a few friends in England and would love to be able to make an opportunity to live there at least for a short period of time (<5-10 years or so). I'm not really sure where to start with all of my searches, so I wondered if any of you could point us in the right direction? :)

I know this probably more appropriately belongs outside of the PreVet section, but as a no-longer-PreVet, I know this is still the area of the forum that I most often access and check for new threads...so I'm hoping some of you who may have information regarding this will also be here.

Thanks in advance, you guys!
 

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Hey y'all!

Do any of you know (or know of) anyone who has graduated with a DVM/VMD from the states and then gone to work across the pond (England, preferably) to practice?

Or maybe some of you are in school across the pond and know of any helpful info in searching for a job as a US Citizen?

I'm fast approaching real life--AKA life outside of vet school--and my husband and I have a few friends in England and would love to be able to make an opportunity to live there at least for a short period of time (<5-10 years or so). I'm not really sure where to start with all of my searches, so I wondered if any of you could point us in the right direction? :)

I know this probably more appropriately belongs outside of the PreVet section, but as a no-longer-PreVet, I know this is still the area of the forum that I most often access and check for new threads...so I'm hoping some of you who may have information regarding this will also be here.

Thanks in advance, you guys!

It's relatively easy to get the vet license actually. I believe you just have to pay RCVS to get your MRCVS register.. Getting the work Visa is the harder part...I can put you in touch with some of my friends who have done it if you want!

As for jobs...the market there is about the same as it is in the states...and new grads are struggling a bit. But if you search through the RCVS website and look at the daily record, BVA and BSAVA, you may find some postings.
 

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I have heard it is nearly impossible to get a company to support you for a working visa. Even for those who are from the US/Canada that went to school in the UK. I know of many people that wanted to stay in the UK after graduation but places just would not support work visas for them. To be honest though.. why would they? There are plenty of UK citizens graduating from vet school that they can hire and they don't then have to worry about or deal with the work visa.
 

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It's relatively easy to get the vet license actually. I believe you just have to pay RCVS to get your MRCVS register.. Getting the work Visa is the harder part...I can put you in touch with some of my friends who have done it if you want!

As for jobs...the market there is about the same as it is in the states...and new grads are struggling a bit. But if you search through the RCVS website and look at the daily record, BVA and BSAVA, you may find some postings.

That would be fantastic. We are still a little ways away, but that would be fantastic if I can get an idea of options/chances, etc. I'm planning my last year, so it's just getting crazy-real! Please PM me once you get their consent to chat with me on this matter. You're awesome!

I have heard it is nearly impossible to get a company to support you for a working visa. Even for those who are from the US/Canada that went to school in the UK. I know of many people that wanted to stay in the UK after graduation but places just would not support work visas for them. To be honest though.. why would they? There are plenty of UK citizens graduating from vet school that they can hire and they don't then have to worry about or deal with the work visa.

Well, my husband has a possibly extended job opportunity in England, so I can't very well not work and be a bum while we are there. I'd like to see what I can find, anyway. :)

I wonder why there are opportunities for "foreign" grads in the US but not many in the UK?
 

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That would be fantastic. We are still a little ways away, but that would be fantastic if I can get an idea of options/chances, etc. I'm planning my last year, so it's just getting crazy-real! Please PM me once you get their consent to chat with me on this matter. You're awesome!



Well, my husband has a possibly extended job opportunity in England, so I can't very well not work and be a bum while we are there. I'd like to see what I can find, anyway. :)

I wonder why there are opportunities for "foreign" grads in the US but not many in the UK?

Definitely look. You might have a better chance if your husband is already there for work and is able to obtain a working visa. But, look into it. I have just heard it is incredibly difficult. As for the latter bit of your statement I have no idea why it is so easy in the US and not the UK... I have opinions as to why it might be, but I am going to keep my mouth shut.
 

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Odd...all my friends who graduated from US or UK didn't seem to have too hard a time finding a practice to support them. Just have to be willing to be flexible.
 
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Odd...all my friends who graduated from US or UK didn't seem to have too hard a time finding a practice to support them. Just have to be willing to be flexible.

Interesting. Everyone I have talked with said it was really difficult and many who wanted to stay ended up having to go back to the US. I wonder why the difference?
 

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I know someone who lived and worked in England after getting her DVM from Cornell - this was in the mid-2000's though. She moved over there because her fiancé/husband had a corporate job that had him living and working over there and she wanted to be with him. She didn't seem to have too much trouble with it, though I think her husband's company may have had quite a bit of pull (it was a large international company and they may have helped him pull some strings to get her over there). She and her husband are back in the states now, raising their kids.
 
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Interesting. Everyone I have talked with said it was really difficult and many who wanted to stay ended up having to go back to the US. I wonder why the difference?

I dunno lol. Dick vet vs Glasgow? ;)

I know two Americans who moved to Wales and got jobs, a Canadian who moved to England, my best friend now works in England, one girl stayed in Glasgow, and a few vet husbands who followed their vet student wives over and got jobs. Working at a Uni is also a good option for US vets.
 
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